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Old 12-04-20, 01:28 PM
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Decent folding pedals?

I just got my first folding bicycle a couple of weeks ago. It came with Wellgo folding pedals. The folding method of them is ingenious and seems quality enough. The part that I don't like about them is their spinning capability. It's hardly existent at all, and they don't seem to be serviceable. Pedaling with them will be an extreme downgrade from what I'm accustomed to using. On my other bicycles, I use pedals that are serviceable, with a cup-and-cone bearing system, that really spin fantastically.

What are some folding pedals that spin really well?

Are there any that are serviceable?

Are there any like that, which also happen to utilize rubber grip?

There is a pedal that interests me, the Suntour/Dahon w/rubber grip. Does it spin well? Are its bearings serviceable at all?
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Old 12-05-20, 08:00 AM
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Over a decade ago I was not happy with what I saw for folding pedals, bought some MKS Ezy pedals that have a quick release mechanism to remove the pedals from the crankset. Have been very happy with them.

Downsides, it may take a bit more time to remove them than to fold folding pedals, and once removed they are no longer attached to the bike.
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Old 12-05-20, 07:16 PM
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I have this one,...MKS Pedals Ezy Ar-2 Qr Bk 9/16 and like it a lot. MKS are a good brand.
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Originally Posted by vmaniqui View Post
I have this one,...MKS Pedals Ezy Ar-2
I've used these for a number of years. On my folding bikes (a Dahon and a Tern) it's really only necessary to remove *one* pedal when folding (the one on the drive side).
I have attached "strapless" toeclips; these keep my feet in place, and when one pedal is removed, the toeclip allows it to be hung on the luggage rack.
My only complaint with these pedals is the relatively poor seal on the spindle, which can allow water to get inside the bearing. A front mudflap does a great job of preventing this. The pedals are able to be serviced fairly easily by removing the caps at the outer ends of the spindles. One of my pairs has well over 10,000 miles on it.
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Wellgo has also removable pedals called QRD. All type of pedals exist in QRD from flat to PD to SPD road.
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Originally Posted by Jipe View Post
Wellgo has also removable pedals called QRD. All type of pedals exist in QRD from flat to PD to SPD road.
I have both the MKS and QR Wellgo pedals. The MKS spin great the Wellgos not so much. Does either impact pedaling....no. The Wellgo are on my fast bike and don't slow me down. MKS on my Dahon don't make me pedal faster...now grip...they are the best for regular footwear. Wellgo's are hybrids but I am cautious when riding through downtown Boston to meet buddies for lunch in Sperrys.

Come to think of it I might be the only one riding a Chameleon in Sperrys.
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I do not think that the spinning of the pedal alone means anything about efficiency of the peals nor for the quality of the bearings.

I think that it has mainly to do with the type of lubrication of the bearing chosen by the manufacturer.

Grease will reduce the spinning, light fluid oil will increase it.

Unless the bearings are really crap, all bearings spin well when they are new.
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Originally Posted by kayakindude View Post
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Come to think of it I might be the only one riding a Chameleon in Sperrys.
Could be. I usually wear trail running shoes on my Airnimal Joey. Stiffer sole than my Sperry or other deck shoes.

When I bought my MKS Ezy pedals over a decade ago, they did not have an SPD pedal that was compatible with Shimano cleats that I had on my cycling shoes. Thus I bought a pedal that I could use with toe clips, as I used toe clips in the 70s and 80s, am quite used to them.
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The problem with the MKS removable pedals is tat there are two incompatible EZY systems: EZY and EZY Superior.

The difference between EZY and EZY Superior is the locking system, the axle diameter.

EZY pedals are unlocked by pushing their locking ring what can happen accidentally (more often if you have big feet) and therefore require an additional safety clip to avoid accidental unlocking of the pedal, EZY superior have a rotating locking system that doesn't require this safety ring.

As far as I know, the clipless pedals for MTB shoes only exists in EZY Superior and its not a real SPD system.

This problem doesn't exist with the Wellgo (and Xpedo) QRD system, all type of pedals use the same exchangeable system and there are flat pedals (many types), real SPD MTB clipless pedals, mixed one side flat/one side SPD and road clipless pedals.
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Old 12-08-20, 02:14 AM
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I got the impression that the cheaper folding pedals with rubber tops varied a lot in their bearing quality. In a shop once with a bucket of them I could feel the differences by spinning them in my fingers. If you can find a similar shop then it might be possible to select a couple of decent ones that spin nicely. The original ones on my 2004 Dahon were great and lasted a decent while, but I haven't been able to replace directly.

The nicest spinning and folding ones for me are MKS FD-7. Quite heavy and all metal but spin well and have a serrated edge to grip your shoes and bark your shins.

I would worry about some lowlife stealing a removable pedal.
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Old 12-08-20, 03:12 AM
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As said, spinning new pedals doesn't really provide information about the bearing quality.

Its just an indication of the type of lubrication applied, grease, oil...

Even cheap bearings spin well when new.

What make the difference is how long they last, if they resist to corrosion and to water/dirt entrance.

If you want pedals that spin well, open them, remove all existing grease/oil, replace with light oil.
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As said, spinning new pedals doesn't really provide information about the bearing quality.

Its just an indication of the type of lubrication applied, grease, oil...

Even cheap bearings spin well when new.

What make the difference is how long they last, if they resist to corrosion and to water/dirt entrance.

If you want pedals that spin well, open them, remove all existing grease/oil, replace with light oil.
Some of the cheap pedals feel like they are lubricated with gravel. Would swapping the grease for a better lubricant make much difference?
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Originally Posted by Jipe View Post
As far as I know, the clipless pedals for MTB shoes only exists in EZY Superior and its not a real SPD system.

This problem doesn't exist with the Wellgo (and Xpedo) QRD system, all type of pedals use the same exchangeable system and there are flat pedals (many types), real SPD MTB clipless pedals, mixed one side flat/one side SPD and road clipless pedals.
Now MKS have SPD clipless pedals with EZY Superior MKS Solution Ezy Superior


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Old 12-12-20, 03:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Michael B. View Post
Now MKS have SPD clipless pedals with EZY Superior MKS Solution Ezy Superior


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This is exactly what I wrote: its not EZY, its EZY Superior so not exchangeable with EZY flat pedals and it is compatible with SPD, not a real SPD.
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Old 12-31-20, 12:50 AM
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I was able to combine a Brompton folding pedal with an eggbeater pedal --- has worked very well for more than a year.
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Old 12-31-20, 12:50 AM
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Here is the link:
https://mybikesite.org/#Eggbeater

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