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Old 07-31-17, 05:20 PM
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Looking for the right pedals for an 80's bike

I just got a 1986 Fuso Lux

It's almost perfect and I want to keep it as is- a special bike for special rides.

One quirk, it came with pedals from two separate sets (see photos).
the silver pedal (which might once have been black) is marked SP-100 and Japan
the black pedal is marked Mikashima Unique Pedal m- ade in Japan.

I want 'period" pedals.

Only advice I've got was that I need "Dura Ace pedals" but I don't know the model number/ma,es from the 1980's

My question is would the SP-100 or Mikashima pedals be the right type and should I simply seek a set of those???/
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Old 07-31-17, 05:59 PM
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IMHO putting comfortable pedals on the bike is more important than period correct. What kind of pedals are on your other bikes?

If that bike came equipped with a 'regular' pedal that uses a toe clip and strap they were likely platform type pedals like these. You need cycling shoes with a adjustable cleat for these type of pedal.
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Old 07-31-17, 06:03 PM
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MKS unique pedal is pretty sweet and dates from the 70s, VeloBase.com - Component: MKS Unique Pedal (road, alloy cage)

SP 100 is a fine pedal and from the 80s, VeloBase.com - Component: Sakae/Ringyo (SR) SP-100AL

Velobase is your friend here

I'd use whichever set of pedals is in the better condition. Just overhaul them and add clips and toe straps.
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Are the pedals for the bike on the trainer in this thread?
http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...new-fusos.html

I think that Dura Ace group is older than the one I used for the pedals.

Can you post some better pics of the bike in question here or in the other thread?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
IMHO putting comfortable pedals on the bike is more important than period correct. snip . . .
+ 1. I run clipless even on vintage bikes for this reason. YMMV but find something comfortable.
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it's the pearl Fuso,

I missed out on the other two
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Shimano PD-M540 SPD pedals. That's what I have on my '85 Fuso.
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Oh that's pretty, I can't wait to see the full photo spread.

I stand by earlier statement though just use a pedal you'll be comfortable with even if it a basic mountain bike type plastic pedal with pink cages the import thing is to make the bike usable and comfortable.
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I would agree with Bianchigirll that using pedals you are comfortable with is your best choice. You will likely be more comfortablr with a nice set of modern studded platform or clipless pedals. If you still want to go basically vintage correct mks still makes nice vintage style pedals some MKS GR-9's with steel toe clips would be a close match to what came on this bike originally.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post

If that bike came equipped with a 'regular' pedal that uses a toe clip and strap they were likely platform type pedals like these. You need cycling shoes with a adjustable cleat for these type of pedal.
...those are what people were using with Dura Ace groups in the 80's, IIRC. Some of them were branded Dura Ace, some 600, and eventually, some 105. I have some of them here that I use, and at one time they were my favorite pedal, even if they are a little heavy.

The problem in 2017 is that nobody makes and sells toe clips for them any more, and the used ones online are priced way out of any sort of reasonable man's budget. The originals ran about 1 size too small, so if you need to replace them on the pedals you find to fit American feet, you're SOL. They are, however, very nice pedals...and can be modified easily to ride without cleats on your shoes. You can't ride them safely without clips and straps, though.
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Unless you are matching a Dura Ace group, Suntour Superbe might be good. I rode a pair for 30 years then my son rode for 2 years on a fixed gear that he left out in weather occasionally and they are still silky smooth.
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Speaking of comfort. Weren't the original Look clip in pedals available in 86? I'd get them.
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Originally Posted by Lakerat View Post
Unless you are matching a Dura Ace group, Suntour Superbe might be good. I rode a pair for 30 years then my son rode for 2 years on a fixed gear that he left out in weather occasionally and they are still silky smooth.
...in case anyone's interested, MKS is now producing a knock off of these that is well made and available online pretty cheaply.


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