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Old 08-07-12, 04:59 PM
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Quick Release Platform Pedals for Touring?

I just bought my first touring bike and think I might want to try touring on platform pedals. Is there a QR pedal that would work well for touring (e.g., wide enough, grippy enough)?

Also, can I just wear tennis shoes or do I need cycling shoes?
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Old 08-07-12, 05:05 PM
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By quick release do you mean quick connect pedals like these: http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=2102

MKS has their Ezy line (shown above) in a couple different style of pedals. Here's a more road version: http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=1501

Or, do you mean clipless pedals?
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Old 08-07-12, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bfloyd6969 View Post
By quick release do you mean quick connect pedals like these: http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=2102

MKS has their Ezy line (shown above) in a couple different style of pedals. Here's a more road version: http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=1501

Or, do you mean clipless pedals?

Thanks, bfloyd... I meant quick connect/release on platform pedals... I'm referring to getting the pedal on and off the bike with a QR mechanism... I am curious how people like the MKS pedals such as the ones you linked to and the Wellgo quick release pedals? Do the QR mechanisms work well? Are the pedals themselves wide enough/grippy enough for touring, etc?
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Old 08-07-12, 07:29 PM
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Why?

I can only think of "needing" a qr pedal when I would be packing a bike to ship. Why would one want this feathure when you can remove a pedal in a minute.
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I guess the idea is so one does not need to carry a pedal wrench. The pedal wrench is a large object and I do carry one myself because I have had my pedals loosen on long trips, and also because I need to remove them to box the bike. I guess this could be a solution, though I need a very specific pedal so I am not going to be able to dump the wrench.
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Old 08-07-12, 08:09 PM
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75,000 miles on 20 some odd bikes in 24 seasons and I've never had a pedal loosen. I've never even considered carrying a pedal wrench.

Other then bearing issues, pedals rarely require maintenance, IMO.

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Old 08-07-12, 10:43 PM
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Quick-release pedals are also handy when rolling a bike through a train aisle (and you have to walk alongside it), or when putting a few bikes on a car rack. They're very handy - if you have the money for them. Another option would be folding pedals; MKX makes a very good one, but they're no cheaper than QR pedals, and I seem to recall they're a bit heavier.
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Most Shimano pedals can be easily installed/removed using a 6mm hex key found virtually in any multitool. No need to carry a pedal wrench. Remove pedals whenever bike goes on the car rack.
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Old 08-08-12, 12:43 AM
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I been using the MKS pedals for the last 7 years and I really love them ,the are top quality
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15mm open end 1/8" thick wrench too many ounces? you can get short ones..

I still use old Campag pedals,, on tour, with loose fitting shoes .,
for better blood circulation..
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I'll second using a set of pedals that you can just loosen with an allen key. I think they are a size you'll end up using on a bike anyhow.
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If you can loosen the pedal with a 6mm allen key then the pedals are not tight enough. The allen key is only for speed installing the them not for removing them. On my bike you need the pedal wrench to remove the pedals.
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Originally Posted by egear View Post
If you can loosen the pedal with a 6mm allen key then the pedals are not tight enough. The allen key is only for speed installing the them not for removing them. On my bike you need the pedal wrench to remove the pedals.
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Not true, my CrankBrothers Candy 3 don't even have a flat area for a wrench, just the allen key at the end of the spindle
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Originally Posted by VT_Speed_TR View Post
Why?

I can only think of "needing" a qr pedal when I would be packing a bike to ship. Why would one want this feathure when you can remove a pedal in a minute.
When touring/shipping a bike it might be nice to be able to pop them on and off easily, to not have to carry a wrench... Occasionally, I've heard of people having trouble getting pedals off with a wrench.... Some people use QR pedals as a theft deterrent (taking their pedals off in certain situations when they leave bikes unattended).
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Old 08-08-12, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by gdlerner View Post
I been using the MKS pedals for the last 7 years and I really love them ,the are top quality
Which ones? Do you use them for touring? If you tour on platforms, how do you like it?
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Originally Posted by VT_Speed_TR View Post
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Not true, my CrankBrothers Candy 3 don't even have a flat area for a wrench, just the allen key at the end of the spindle
+1. A pedal wrench (even the narrow one I have) was useless on the Time road pedals I used to have. No flat area for a wrench.
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Anyhow.. there are folding pedals too.. less to lose out a hole in the shipping carton..
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I'd rather carry a wrench and do an easy 3 minute job than compromise on pedal choice.
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Shimano specifies 25 ft/ pounds of torque for pedals. However, I have never used this much force, and have not had any problems. Generally, I just snug them up, and call it good. I do carry a small, light 15mm wrench, because a few times I've had a hard time loosening them with my hex wrench.

I did help a lady once who was standing there with her pedal in her hand, and a perplexed look on her face. Somehow, her left pedal became loose and when she tried to tighten it, it fell off. She had leaned the " lefty loosey, righty tighty" concept well.

I agree with Seeker333 about not compromising pedal choice over a small bit of convenience.

PS. Use grease or anti-seize compound on the pedal threads.
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Originally Posted by mm718 View Post
Which ones? Do you use them for touring? If you tour on platforms, how do you like it?
I use this ones
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/mks-prome...dals-prod7340/
with power grips
http://www.mountainracingproducts.com/power-grips/
because I tour with normal shoes no clicks
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