I have recently acquired a folding bike. One of the most irritating things is the folding pedals, as pictured:
Close up of pedal latch - this image shows the sliding latch in the middle of the platform that holds it in place. To fold, you insert finger into hole and slide the middle section outboard. This pulls two tabs from a slot in the silver metal part, and the pedal platform is free to rotate up/down
When pedalling normally, it feels "okay" but when exerting some force on a climb I can feel the pedals bend under the load. It gets much worse when out of the saddle.
If I were to estimate, it might be a 10 degree deflection of the pedal body from the pedal axle center line.
To minimise the effect, I've made a conscious effort to put the ball of the foot on the silver metal part, which feels much more solid than the rest of the pedal.
So my main question: Is this normal for folding pedals or should I be exploring for folding pedals that are more solid?
Or do I simply fit normal pedals? This may interfere with the folding function on the left crank, and will leave the right one poking out more as a shin-collector. On the plus side, clipless.