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Folding cliples pedals

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by psmiffy, 28 Jul 2007.

  1. psmiffy

    psmiffy -

    Location:
    Midlands
    Im thinking of getting a folder - however i have always used clips or clipless and feel quite unsafe without them

    can you get folding clipless pedals???
     
  2. Andy 71

    Andy 71 New Member

    Location:
    Chelmsford
    I'm not sure, but I use SPDs. They are roughly the same width as the original folders that came with the bike. Unless, storage space is a real issue for you and 10mm would make all the difference.
     
  3. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    MKS male a pair called the Cube EZY, and are available form a number of sources suck as [​IMG]

    Unfortunately the cleats are specific and no-one stocks them. Hence the pedals become useless when the cleats wear.

    Add this to the fact that they hava cheap washer that does not prevent self tightening into the thread of some cranks (Rt crank on Brompton) preventing release and you are on a loser.

    Finaly if you use a bike like the Airnimal the plastic collar which is supposed to prevent accidental release fals off very quickly so you end up with an entire pedal attached to your shoe and not the bike!

    All in all a total disaster!

    But don't let my biased opinion put you off.
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    This might not be good enough, but you might find that you can use something like a.. damn, forgot the name...

    There's a sort of strap you can attach to a pedal (if it's a cage sort, not a flat rubber type) and forms a sort of clip - it goes diagonally on the pedal so you twist your foot to extricate, like in clipless. Being a strap, I assume it would just fold against the pedal when folded. Bit of a guess though..
    Powerstrap? Powergrip? Something like that...

    Or you could go for removable pedals, if you really need the space... But as Andy says, you often don't need to fold the pedals anyway.
     
  5. TimO

    TimO Veteran

    Location:
    London
    My Brompton came with the standard folding pedal, but whilst it's quite a neat design, I found as others have, that it doesn't last all that long, and seems to be unrepairable. I've been using a set of bog standard SPDs on there ever since, and the marginal increase in width doesn't really cause any problems. They've lasted far longer than the folding pedal, and I suspect any folding pedal is going to suffer similarily, you can't arrange the bearings to be as reliable.
     
  6. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    Arch is right

    [​IMG]

    They are called "powergrips"

    There are a couple of pedals similar, but more durable such as:
    These from ZYRO

    DO note though that most folding pedals will NOT toake straps as the securing bolt interferes with the fold.
     
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Cheers, I googled Powergrips, but didn't see the right thing...

    I did wonder whether they would actually fit on most folding pedals - thanks for highlighting that...
     
  8. Si

    Si Well-Known Member

    power grips, if you use them fairly snuggly, can be interesting in a crash. One foot will come off the pedal really easily........
     
  9. velocipede2288

    velocipede2288 New Member

    I'm just thinking, but it might be a good idea to try threading those plastic ties through the peddles, you see cops use them on criminals these day instead of handcuffs. don't know what you call them, but they would stay stiff and you should be able to use them as straps, minus the clips?
     
  10. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Cable ties?
    Never seen them used on criminals except in the USA.
     
  11. Emu

    Emu New Member

    Location:
    Croydon
    My brother has just asked what I want for Christmas. Last week when it was wet my foot slipped off the plastic right pedal of my Brompton and I nearly came off the bike. I'm now thinking about Shimano M520s. One of my cycling buddy's has a normal left hand folding pedal and a M520 on the right. Anyone have a Brompton and cycle clipless?
     
  12. TimO

    TimO Veteran

    Location:
    London
    Look back about six posts on this thread...

    Me! :smile:
     
  13. rob_mcp

    rob_mcp New Member

    collected new brompton - fitted spds that day - never rode it without. The plastic pedal is nasty and the folding pedal scratches the frame - and a simple spd doesn't protrude much further than the folding pedal.
    Friend of mine tried power straps and sent them back in a day, removable spd copies are over 60 quid and non compatible with pedals on my other bikes
     
  14. drkickstand

    drkickstand New Member

  15. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    If I was using the Brommie over longer distances with fewer stops I would use SPD's but round town I stop so often it might be a bit problematical. A clipless moment on a folding bike doesn't bear thinking about.