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Old 11-21-13, 09:21 PM   #1
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Quick release pedals

I am trying to figure out a way to store bikes in a motorhome and removing pedals is necessary. I just heard of quick release pedals today. It dawned on me that people with folding bikes might get that type of pedal. Any recommendations for lightweight flat pedals with quick releases?
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my favorite is the mks lambda QR pedal




also, mks promenade pedals


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The MKS are my first choice around the shop .. I run the Promenade also.. a close second for me is the Wellgo QRD line .. somewhat less money and also with many pedals types to choose from..

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... Any recommendations for lightweight flat pedals with quick releases?
See: http://www.thorusa.com/accessories/pedals.htm

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I just got a set of Q/R Promenades from the bay for under $50 with free shipping.. took about a week..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MKS-Ezy-Prom...=US_Pedals&has


Wellgo QRD are under $40 for most pedals

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40
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what about folding pedals??

sorry I dont know the brand or where to buy them. I saw them on BF and saved the pic because it was unique.
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Am I the only one that has problems with MKS Superior pedals (the ones WITHOUT the separate plastic locking clips)? I have several sets of the original EZYs in various forms and have no complaints other than an occasional lost locking clip (but Thor stocks spares!). With the newer Superiors though, the locking sleeves on my adapters don't fully push, pull or twist very easily and I have to almost pry to get the locking mechanism to engage/disengage. I've tried lubing the adapters with everything from Boeshield T-9 to Teflon Grease to dry lubes with no significant improvement. They definitely got worse when it got colder outside so I put something else on for now. This is the first year I've used Superiors and they probably only got about 500 miles and 40 installation/removals on that bike this season, so I'm thinking they might just need some more breaking in. Any other MKS Superior experiences, bad or good?

I also have a set of Wellgo QRDs, and have tried them on different bikes, but can't quite get used to stepping on the red thingy. They come with a couple different thickness pedal washers so you can orient the release to different positions in relation to the crank arm, but I haven't found the right place yet. Bumping (or actually stomping on) the the lock thingy hasn't broken anything or caused an unexpected release, so maybe it's just the kind of thing you get used to in time (if you can stop being anal about it).
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. . . what about folding pedals??
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Good suggestion. For storage purpose, folding pedals are better . . . You don't worry about where to find them. Look for MKS FD-7 .
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When I was researching pedals for my folding bike the consensus of opinion was that folding pedals will fail very quickly, expensive/better quality folding pedals will last longer but still fail too quickly. I went for Wellgo QRDS and been very happy especially for the price, I only occasionally catch the red clip when pedalling.
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I picked up a set of Wellgo QRD-079's on Ebay for my son's touring bike. No complaints at all - durable, easy on/off.
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I have a crate full of non serviceable folding pedals. Ocassional use is OK for folding pedals. Brompton folding pedal is the only version that has proven long term durability afaik.

Else if you want folding pedals buy cheap and treat as consumables like innertubes ,chains etc. Stomp is a tough ,grippy ,cheap version for this option.

Mks Fp 6 and 7 may stand up to more than 3 years heavy use, but I gave up on even this brand when one pair failled after just 6 months. They cost upwards of 30 , so its just not economical for heavy users.
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but I gave up on even this brand when one pair failled after just 6 months. They cost upwards of 30 , so its just not economical for heavy users.
That's what warranty is for, 6 months is way to short a life, and you should have no issues in getting a replacement set from you retailer.

When I had a folder, I used MKS Promenades, had them on for about 2 years before I sold it, and had no issues with them.
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Am I the only one that has problems with MKS Superior pedals (the ones WITHOUT the separate plastic locking clips)? I have several sets of the original EZYs in various forms and have no complaints other than an occasional lost locking clip (but Thor stocks spares!). With the newer Superiors though, the locking sleeves on my adapters don't fully push, pull or twist very easily and I have to almost pry to get the locking mechanism to engage/disengage. I've tried lubing the adapters with everything from Boeshield T-9 to Teflon Grease to dry lubes with no significant improvement. They definitely got worse when it got colder outside so I put something else on for now. This is the first year I've used Superiors and they probably only got about 500 miles and 40 installation/removals on that bike this season, so I'm thinking they might just need some more breaking in. Any other MKS Superior experiences, bad or good?

I also have a set of Wellgo QRDs, and have tried them on different bikes, but can't quite get used to stepping on the red thingy. They come with a couple different thickness pedal washers so you can orient the release to different positions in relation to the crank arm, but I haven't found the right place yet. Bumping (or actually stomping on) the the lock thingy hasn't broken anything or caused an unexpected release, so maybe it's just the kind of thing you get used to in time (if you can stop being anal about it).
Thanks for the comments on the Superiors.. I never popped for them as I was really happy with the EZY setup and I had Q/R adapters on too many bikes to warrant changing over..

With the QRDs, I spend some time getting the red pedal release to follow the line of the crank arm .. straight forward .. sometimes a bit of a niggle with various pedal washers, but once adjusted, it's not something you have to fiddle with anymore ..
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Am I the only one that has problems with MKS Superior pedals (the ones WITHOUT the separate plastic locking clips)? I have several sets of the original EZYs in various forms and have no complaints other than an occasional lost locking clip
I used to think the safety rings were overkill and rode many miles without them.. then for whatever reason, I managed to release my right pedal 3 times (unintentionally) in one ride... nothing wrong with the pedal (other than I wasn't using the ring) .. now I always run the rings .. I make my own by parting some delrin rod when I need new rings ... but, if I didn't have a little lathe, I would probably try to find some 1" plastic rings locally and snip as needed ... something like THIS ..
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...I make my own by parting some delrin rod when I need new rings ... but, if I didn't have a little lathe...
That's almost Twilight Zone kind of strange; I have a 6" Atlas and have done exactly the same thing (used black square Delrin bar stock because I thought the round white I had would look grungy after a while)! With that said however, when I can get suitable things on the internets at reasonable prices, I often just go for it as my machining projects often involve a whole lot of procrastination, over-engineering, redesign, "measuring once and doing twice", etc, and end up costing more in the end. That's why I was relieved to see that Thor was carrying spare clips at prices that made adding a few to a previous order a no brainer.

Also, as often happens, the process of posting about the difficulties I have had latching/unlatching MKS Superior pedals somehow stimulated my few remaining brain cells to start working (better?). I cut a rectangular strip out of one of those basket weave looking rubber jar lid openers, and it made twisting and pushing/pulling the locking collars a lot easier, even after I purposely smeared some grease on it. I threw it in the MKS bag, and will put those peddles on a bike that gets used occasionally on nice winter days, so we'll see...

And, to give the Superiors a fair shot, I just ordered another set (Lambdas this time), which will give me something to compare the existing Esprit Superiors to, and provide some more parts to swap around for troubleshooting if necessary.

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That's almost Twilight Zone kind of strange; I have a 6" Atlas and have done exactly the same thing (used black square Delrin bar stock because I thought the round white I had would look grungy after a while)! With that said however, when I can get suitable things on the internets at reasonable prices, I often just go for it as my machining projects often involve a whole lot of procrastination, over-engineering, redesign, "measuring once and doing twice", etc, and end up costing more in the end.
Cool lathe! .. I've certainly been there, spend a few hours on something that only costs a few bucks to buy .. cool .. but the satisfaction of stepping back and going, yea, I made that, priceless ..
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this crankset and you can use any pedals you wish http://www.whiteind.com/quick-release-pedal-cranks.html
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this crankset and you can use any pedals you wish http://www.whiteind.com/quick-release-pedal-cranks.html
Wow, that is cool.

Now I just need quick release handlebars.
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this crankset and you can use any pedals you wish
Drop dead gorgeous but it doesn't look like it would easily accommodate a bash/trouser guard, which would be nice to have on a folder. Looks like arms + ring + QR option could push $400, but heck, that's at least cheaper than a Schlumpf, everything's relative...

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Wow, that is cool.


Now I just need quick release handlebars.

OR... a Speedlifter Twist stem adapter, which features a quick release that allows you to twist the handlebars 90 degrees.


website >>> http://www.speedlifter.com/twist.php?L=en




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