When you can’t get just the part you are after you need to make it happen. I had to make the pedals that I have wanted for my Tikit. Wanting a pedal that is a SPD, Platform and Quick release is the perfect pedal for a folding bike. But it did not exist. You can get quick release SPD or Quick release platforms or even White Industries Quick release cranks. But I wanted platform and SPD plus Quick release all in the one.
I contacted those that manufacture quick release pedals both MKS and Wellgo. Emails went back and forth. I asked about making my own pedal shafts to suit but was warned that this would not be great. I needed to be able to harden the steel consistently. Something outside my current skill level. Wellgo would manufacture exactly what I wanted if I was willing to order 1000 units. I only need one set.
Looking at every pedal out in the market and ordering and trying some MKS and Wellgo pedals. Yes I have a lot of pedals. I also have a habit of ordering parts and then pulling them apart when I get them just to see how they work and were designed. I had ordered a couple of pairs of Wellgos and noticed the insides were very similar in design. I thought can I order the pedals I want and then a set of quick release and just swap out the pedals shafts. The answer is yes you can. So after a simple procedure of ordering two pairs of pedals one in Quick release and one with the correct SPD, platform outer, I have the pedals I have always wanted. In the end I have ended up with the perfect pedal and a spare set of roady pedals.