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Old 03-11-09, 02:47 PM   #1
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Anyone tried a "campus" pedal (SPD on one side and Platform on the other)?

I saw them at my LBS and can't remember who makes them but they look pretty slick. They have a flat platform on one side and SPD on the other. I'm thinking about starting to ride my cross bike to the gym and would love to be able to just hop on and not have to worry about bringing another pair of shoes for when I get to the gym.

Edit: I only worry that it might be a pain to keep the pedal "flipped" to the correct side depending on whether I was wearing shoes with cleats or not.
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Old 03-11-09, 03:03 PM   #2
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I have a set of Shimano A530s on my commuter bike and really like them. It took a little getting used to flipping the pedals to the right side depending on which shoes I was wearing, but after a couple of rides it became second nature.
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I have a set of Shimano A530s on my commuter bike and really like them. It took a little getting used to flipping the pedals to the right side depending on which shoes I was wearing, but after a couple of rides it became second nature.
Ditto, great pedals. should be standard on most commuter or recreational bikes if the user has spd style cycling shoes.

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I have the campus pedal on my commuter and absolutely love them. Even if I'm in my cycle shoes, in a dodgy situation I don't have to clip in.
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I have those on my mountain bike. It will be used for multiple things, so I thought they were a good thing to keep on my bike.
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I have a set of those pedals made by Wellgo (similar to shimano M324), and they were great... until I had to unclip in a hurry and somehow managed to rip the clip mechanism apart on both pedals simultaneously

My friend just got some shimano A530 pedals for his new commuter CX bike... but he didn't like the surface of the platform so he drilled and tapped holes and installed set screws like a BMX pedal... actually a very cool set of pedals now.
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Thanks for the replies. This is the pedal I was looking at. It's a Forte Campus pedal. They look a little grippier than the Shimano A530 but I could also do the set screw idea mentioned above. ^^^ Performance has these on sale for $34.99 online right now! That might be tough to pass up. . .

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I have the Forte on my commuter and the Shimano on another bike. Both are great. If you get a good price on the Forte (looks like you will!), I think you will love them. Go for it!
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I have the Shimano M324 (here) on my commuter for the exact reasons you state. On a planned commute I wear my spd mtb shoes, but a trip to the local store I can just hop on. They work great.

While I don't know the forte brand I have found nashbar brand clone pedals to be much harder to engage than the real shimano ones FWIW. (based on Fantas remarks probably not the case here)
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anyone try the mallet from crankbrothers?



their made for downhill so they must be pretty strong, and they have a large platform with clip-ins on both sides...

i was looking at them for a commuter...

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I have the Shimano M324's. I love them. Although 99% of the time I ride with my cycling shoes, it is nice to have the option. I don't really have a problem flipping them. It is actually nice when you are starting out from a stop because regardless of which side is up, you get a good pedal surface to push on until you get up to speed and have time to clip in.
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anyone try the mallet from crankbrothers?



their made for downhill so they must be pretty strong, and they have a large platform with clip-ins on both sides...

i was looking at them for a commuter...

I have heard that the CB Mallet are not ideal with flat shoes - the clip mechanism protrudes up and makes for aslippery surfce for your foot. I am sure others have had different experiences, though.

I use a set of VP copies of the shimano pedlas with an SPD mechanism with a resin cage surrounding and it is OK but not great with flat shoes. I have them because I have very big feet and the platform supports the edges of my shoes when they flex around the clip.
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I first tried clipless last September with a pair of those Forte campus pedals. I thought it would be a good idea to have the option, but since getting them I have never used the platform side.
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I've had the plan of putting these on my touring bike for a long time. I have Look on everything else and even bought some MTB shoes to use with the campus pedals.

Now all I have to do is get around to actually getting the pedals and my master plan will be complete.
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I've had the plan of putting these on my touring bike for a long time. I have Look on everything else and even bought some MTB shoes to use with the campus pedals.

Now all I have to do is get around to actually getting the pedals and my master plan will be complete.
I ordered them from Performance yesterday. They were $29.96 and with my "team performance" membership I got a free upgrade to 2 day shipping. So my out the door price was $38 and change including tax and shipping. I might have accidentally applied my "points" discount to them because the website listed them at $34.99 not $29.96.
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I ordered them from Performance yesterday. They were $29.96 and with my "team performance" membership I got a free upgrade to 2 day shipping. So my out the door price was $38 and change including tax and shipping. I might have accidentally applied my "points" discount to them because the website listed them at $34.99 not $29.96.
I already went through the close out deal in todays Performace e-mail. No campus pedals.

I am the cheapest man alive, and the right fdeal is out there. It may even be a trade. One way or another I will get around to it eventually, lol.
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I first tried clipless last September with a pair of those Forte campus pedals. I thought it would be a good idea to have the option, but since getting them I have never used the platform side.
+1 I got A530's as my first clipless pedal, being somewhat apprehensive about not having a platform to use. I wish I would have just bought Looks or Speedplays instead.
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I have the forte on my utility/short commute bike (looks like an english 3 spd ...only it is 8 sp derailler)

I like them. it makes it easy to just get on an ride for quick trips and when I commute I put on the bikes shoes and go clipless.......
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The Forte are the same one's I bought!!

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I have heard that the CB Mallet are not ideal with flat shoes - the clip mechanism protrudes up and makes for aslippery surfce for your foot. I am sure others have had different experiences, though.

I use a set of VP copies of the shimano pedlas with an SPD mechanism with a resin cage surrounding and it is OK but not great with flat shoes. I have them because I have very big feet and the platform supports the edges of my shoes when they flex around the clip.
I use the mallets with street shoes as well as my bike shoes. The newer mallets are better as they have screws that you can raise and lower to give your shoe more grip. I like them, but I ride clipped in 95% of the time.
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I have a set, but I wish I had just gone with double-sided SPD's. I always ride with my mtn bike shoes anyway (on the commuter bike) so I never end up using the platform side. It's just one extra bit of drama I don't need when starting off at a light.
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I had a set of m324's but realized for the short rides I do in regular shoes, doublesided SPD shoes work just as well and are more comfortable to use with cycling shoes.
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I have a pair of M324, also wish I had gone with a regular pair of double sided.

A lot of the reason mentioned already - I'm always in bike shoes, and find myself constantly flipping the pedal over to clip in. But also - as part of my commute i'm carrying the bike down stairs into a parking garage, and the M324's have sharp edges that dig into my legs and back. a regular double sided pedal is smaller, with no grabby serrations.
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I put them on my touring bike and have no trouble flipping them to the correct side. Then I got mtn. bike shoes and can walk like a person. Never have used the platform side intentionaly that is. Got 'em if I need 'em.
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I have them on my indoor excercise bike.
I also used to have them on my mtn bike way back when -- back when clipless was a new concept.
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