Back in Stock: MKS Allways Pedals and Kaisei Fork Blades

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The MKS Allways pedals are back in stock. The video above shows how the super-smooth cartridge bearings make these spin almost forever. The slightly concave platform allows optimum pedaling efficiency without the need for foot retention. Made in Japan, these may be the best platform pedals ever made. Click here for more info or to order.

We also offer the MKS Rinko Adapters separately, so you can use the same pedals on multiple bikes, or run different pedals on the same bike. Changing the pedals takes just a few seconds – no tools required. Simply turn the ring and push it inward; then you can remove the pedal.
Most Rinko pedals in the Compass program use the “EZY-Superior” Rinko system (above), but the US-S (spd-compatible) pedals use the “EZY-Standard” couplers. We now offer both as separate parts. (Unfortunately, they aren’t interchangeable.)

Also back in stock: Kaisei ‘TOEI Special’ fork blades – as used on most of our bikes. To read how these fork blades improve the comfort and speed of your bike, click here.
The fork blades in this shipment are a bit shorter than we’d like – 405 mm as used by Japanese builders, rather than the 420 mm we usually specify. They work fine for 650B bikes, but the 420 mm blades give builders more leeway in trimming them to length. We will get the full-length blades again in January or February. For more information on fork blades and our other Kaisei tubing, click here.
We appreciate your patience while production caught up with demand on these popular items.

9 Responses to Back in Stock: MKS Allways Pedals and Kaisei Fork Blades

  1. David Hamm October 31, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    What type/maker is the front rack? Thanks.

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly October 31, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

      The small front rack is a Compass CP-1, designed to fit with our Compass centerpull brakes. The low-riders are custom-made based on a design of René Herse’s that maximizes stability and support of the load.

      • David Hamm October 31, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

        Thank you Jan. I had the low-riders in mind. Is there any interest in producing something like this?

        • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly October 31, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

          It would be nice to offer them, but they were custom-built for this bike. It’s not easy to turn them into a rack that is adjustable to many bikes without losing stiffness and adding weight.

    • Jacob Musha November 1, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      It wouldn’t make sense to turn the rack into an adjustable piece and ruin it in the process, but many Compass products require a custom frame-set anyway. So offering a low-rider rack that requires specific fork braze-ons and offset seems like a very small leap.
      In any case, the shortcomings of currently available low-rider racks seem relatively minor. But it would still be nice to have the option.

  2. davidmtest October 31, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

    I love my Always pedals — they’re the only flats I’ve used that are plenty grippy without destroying shoe leather. My only wish is for a slightly wider version: my wide feet hang off the edge.

    • Rick Thompson November 1, 2018 at 10:20 am #

      I have big feet also, and use 20 mm pedal extenders to move the pedal out from the cranks so I can center the shoes. Jan strives for minimal width of his feet (Q-factor, an odd term), but a little more spacing feels better to me.
      Allways are my favorite now on both commuter and allroad bike. For commuting the grip is good on all shoes including leather sole. For just riding I’m finding little advantage to clipping in and great advantage in being able to wear shoes that I can also walk in. The grip is really good, I have not slipped off a pedal yet and climb standing often.
      A slight issue with the Allroads is they are fairly sharp at the edge and can scratch a bare ankle. I might sand the edge a bit to make it rounder.
      They offset the foot slightly forward due to the canted platform, have not noticed any issue but have wondered why.
      Have also noticed that some of the pins are replaceable and some are cast in to the platform. I will probably never wear mine down, but another puzzlement.

  3. Emile November 1, 2018 at 9:08 am #

    @Jan : do you know of builders in France who use Kaisei tubing ? Thanks !

    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly November 1, 2018 at 9:28 am #

      Kaisei tubing is difficult to get outside Japan. We can supply it to your builder. Most builders prefer to work with tubing they know, but Kaisei has an excellent reputation, and I’d think most builders would be happy to use it. We have supplied quite a few Kaisei tubesets to France, but usually, it seems that customers ordered them and brought them (with the other parts for the bike) to the builder.