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Old 07-09-18, 01:59 PM
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MKS (Mikashima) pedals



Hi, does anyone recognize these MKS pedals? I've been looking around, but to little avail. No brochures online... From what year are they approx? Thanks for any tips!
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It looks like it came before the sylvan road pedal. I am no expert though. Looks like late '70's or early '80's.
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70's or even earlier.
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The subject pedals are MKS Model 60-8. They go back to at least the mid-1960s and the '60' may be the year of introduction.
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The subject pedals are MKS Model 60-8. They go back to at least the mid-1960s and the '60' may be the year of introduction.
Thanks! This really helps.
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Did my homework this afternoon. It says '808' on the pedal. What to make of this, dear Watson?

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The subject pedals are MKS Model 60-8. They go back to at least the mid-1960s and the '60' may be the year of introduction.
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Great information as ever T-Mar!

Much appreciated here.

Was thinking 1960's only because this dust cap pattern seemed to have gone out of use by the early 1970's.

Wonder of the 808 number could be of similar function to Yoshi's 333 number or Maeda's 888 number?

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Did Mikashima have any dating-system of it's components?
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I've had the opportunity to examine 10-12 pairs on MKS pedals where the numbers on the flats had not been rendered illegible by wrench marring. Due to the range of numbers, I can unequivocally state that it is not a branding, like the 3.3.3.and 8.8.8 used by Shimano and Maeda respectively. Nor is it a model number, as the numbers can differ between axles. While the sample size is relatively small, the last two numbers have always ranged between '01' and '12" suggesting that it is a date code, format ymm.


Of course, the big question is whether early samples may have used the Japanese Imperial Calendar for the year indicator, as this was popular with some Japanese manufacturers until non-Asian bicycle brands started specifying their components during the early 1970s bicycle boom. Furthermore, if there was a transition to the Gregorian calendar, I don't know exactly when it occurred. However, none of the model numbers in my 1966 literature are above 66-x, suggesting a Gregorian calendar may have been used to indicate the year of introduction. If so, the date codes from this period may also be Gregorian based. Attached is the catalogue entry for the subject pedal. While it is the typical vague spec for the era, it at least identifies the model number and the era.

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I've had the opportunity to examine 10-12 pairs on MKS pedals where the numbers on the flats had not been rendered illegible by wrench marring. Due to the range of numbers, I can unequivocally state that it is not a branding, like the 3.3.3.and 8.8.8 used by Shimano and Maeda respectively. Nor is it a model number, as the numbers can differ between axles. While the sample size is relatively small, the last two numbers have always ranged between '01' and '12" suggesting that it is a date code, format ymm.


Of course, the big question is whether early samples may have used the Japanese Imperial Calendar for the year indicator, as this was popular with some Japanese manufacturers until non-Asian bicycle brands started specifying their components during the early 1970s bicycle boom. Furthermore, if there was a transition to the Gregorian calendar, I don't know exactly when it occurred. However, none of the model numbers in my 1966 literature are above 66-x, suggesting a Gregorian calendar may have been used to indicate the year of introduction. If so, the date codes from this period may also be Gregorian based. Attached is the catalogue entry for the subject pedal. While it is the typical vague spec for the era, it at least identifies the model number and the era.

Thanks, T-mar! Japanese dating... It's like an enigma. At least no doubt about the model.
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...Japanese dating... It's like an enigma...
Assuming the code is based on the Japanese Imperial Calendar, they would be Showa year 38 (i.e. 1964), while the 8th month (Hazuki) is late enough for them to have been used on a 1965 model year bicycle. Conversely, they may be August 1968 and originally used on a 1969 model year bicycle. I'd just call them late 1960s, which is a good fit with the literature.
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