Common Questions

What is the difference between the Fort Knox and the Stealth pedals?

The Fort Knox pedals were our first design. They are heavier (2.5 lbs per pair - the pedal body is made of aluminum) and are designed for more aggressive riding (various types of mountain biking - enduro, downhill, etc.). They have the stronger attractive connection between the two pedals (40-45 lbs of magnetic attraction per pedal)

The Stealth pedals are our second design - they are lighter (2.0 lbs per pair - pedal body is made of a durable composite nylon plastic), and are great for XC biking, everyday/beginner-to-intermediate trail rides, commuting, road cycling, etc. They have about 35-40 lbs of magnetic attraction per pedal.

What type of shoes do I need for your pedals? Do you have any recommendations?

You will need shoes that have a 2-bolt, or 2-hole, setup - commonly called "SPD-style" shoes*. 2-bolt shoe designs are most commonly found on mountain biking shoes, but some road biking shoes also use the 2-bolt design. That being said, we strongly recommend that you use mountain biking shoes, and not road biking shoes (even if you plan on road biking)**.

* Our pedals are NOT compatible with 3-bolt / 3-hole shoes (commonly called "Look" style or "SPD-SL" style shoes).

** Road cycling shoes that have a flatter sole and a 2-hole setup might work with our pedals, but it’s a gamble… the cleat attachments may be your only point of contact on the pedals, making your feet feel like they are "skating around" a lot on the pedal.

RECOMMENDED SHOES FOR ADULTS:

RECOMMENDED SHOES FOR KIDS:

 

These are just a few of our recommendations. There are lots of shoes out there! Here are a few things to look for when considering shoes to work with our pedals:

  • Flat soles – shoes with flat soles will work best with the flat surface of our pedals. Contoured soles will make connection to the pedal difficult.
  • Rubbery/soft soles – helps with gripping the pedal.
  • Slightly recessed cleat area on the underside – helps keep your feet closer to the pedal, giving you more points of contact and better grip.

 Will the MagLOCK pedals fit on my bike?

Our pedals are compatible with bikes that have a 9/16" x 20 TPI (threads per inch) pedal hole (the hole on the crank arm where you attach the pedals - see image below). This is the most common pedal hole size on adult bikes today. Some bikes (mostly children's bikes, some older adult bikes, as well as some bikes sold in department store like Target, Walmart, etc.), have a smaller pedal hole (1/2” x 20 TPI) - our pedals will not fit with this size (unless you change out the crank arm or buy an adapter like this on Amazon). Since there are so many bike models out there and it can be really difficult to find their pedal hole sizes online, the best thing to do is to measure the diameter of the pedal holes on your bike yourself. You can measure it by either removing one of your pedals with the proper tools, or just measuring the hole from the other side of where the pedal screws in.

Crank arm labeled

Can kids use MagLOCK pedals?

Yes (except for use in BMX racing for ages 12 and under). We recommend removing some of the magnets (at least at first) because the magnetic connection may be too strong for kids.

Do you have a money back guarantee?   

No, but we do offer a limited 30-day return policy. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused (or have very few signs of use) and in the same condition that you received it. After 30 days have gone by since you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange. It must also be in the original packaging.

Please see our full return policy here (should say we accept returns until 30 days after you receive your order, instead of “30 days after purchase”).

We also have a "demo program" that lets you try our Fort Knox pedals for 30 days before you decide to keep them or return them. We don't have a demo program for our Stealth pedals yet.

What is the Purpose of the Toe Stops?

The toe stops were designed to reduce the amount of side-to-side and forward-backward movement that occurs on the surface of the pedal. Some people get the feeling that they are "ice skating" on the surface of the pedal - the toe stops help reduce this by about 60-70%.

Will the Toe Stops Prevent Me from Getting Out of My Pedals?

No, they were designed to reduce the amount of side-to-side movement that occurs on the surface of the pedal (although the steel plates attract to the magnets inside the pedals, some people get the feeling that they are "ice skating" on the surface of the pedal, and the toe/heel stops help reduce this by about 60%. You will still be able to detach from your bike easily if you need to.

Are Your Pedals Good for Children Amputees?

Thanks for reaching out! Maglock has a good number of customers who are amputees, and as far as I've seen, they've been very helpful in staying connected, and also quickly getting out when needed (a quick knee jerk to the side will get you out). Here's a video we made of a below-the-knee amputee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCAfz9G3PTQ - You can see him unclip with his prosthetic around 1:34-1:37.

The only potential issue is threading compatibility between our pedals and your child’s bike.

Can MagLOCK pedals be considered a Qualified Medical Expense for a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

The following should not be taken as professional advice (we’re not tax or financial experts):

The best thing to do would be to consult a tax law expert, but as far as we can tell, it’s a possibility. It looks like they could be considered “potentially eligible”. Here are a couple references we’ve found online. Passage of the CARES Act on March 27, 2020 may have changed some laws that were previously in effect:

“Exercise equipment is eligible for reimbursement with a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Exercise equipment is not eligible with a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).” - https://hsastore.com/HSA-Eligibility-List/E/Exercise-Equipment-E279.aspx
“[Exercise equipment] [m]ay be eligible for reimbursement if prescribed by a physician to treat a medical condition (such as obesity or heart disease) and the purchase would not have been made if it weren’t for the medical condition.” - https://www.benefithelpsolutions.com/-/media/BHS/pdfs/members/guides/fsa-eligible-expenses.pdf

 

Many websites also state that “the purpose of the expense must be to treat the disease rather than to promote general health.”

You can find a Letter of Medical Necessity form on many websites, but here is one: https://mybenefitwallet.com/CMS/docs/default/LetterOfMedicalNecessity.pdf

Can MagLOCK pedals qualify as a Medicare or Medicaid expenditure?

The following should not be taken as professional advice (we’re not tax or financial experts):

The best course of action would be to consult an expert on Medicaid and Medicare. But according to the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), exercise equipment is not considered DME (Durable Medical Equipment), so we think probably not. The CMS defines DME as equipment that:

  • Can withstand repeated use; i.e., could normally be rented and used by successive patients;
  • Is primarily and customarily used to serve a medical purpose;
  • Generally is not useful to a person in the absence of illness or injury; and,
  • Is appropriate for use in a patient’s home.

Source: https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/ncd-details.aspx?NCDId=190