Ok so I am in a crisis here. I am looking for a SPD compatible pedal for my road bike and been reading reviews of both road oriented and mountain bike style pedals. Of course as you read anything on the internet, the bad always pops out and before you know it you have cancer and can't eat anything because it causes cancer other than organic dirt. Except this is with bike pedals and not cancer....but if I don't get the right pedals then I could hurt blood flow to my feet, which means amputated toes, which then means no riding, which means an increase in cancer....AHHHHHH!!! Silly rabbit holes and WebMD....
But I digress, I have a set of Shimano A530's on my commuter/beater/run around bike. I so far love them! The dual style pedal is nice if I am just running to the store and want to wear gym shoes, but that isn't what I want for my roadie.....because race bike (ok, not really but really )
So I am currently weighing some options on pedals for the road bike. I really like white (it is a blue and white Allez that these are going on) and weight isn't TOO big a deal but I don't want clunky pedals.
I am trying to keep this under $60 for pedals if possible, and for SPD cleats.
Is the platform that my foot pushes against that important to have a wider base to? Or will a small, technically mountain bike style, pedal work just as well? I can see how a wide pedal means more power transfer, and how on a MTB you aren't looking for a lot of power transfer just to be held onto the bike, but obviously on the road that is different. And I don't want to have 2 sets of cleats for 2 bikes, so SPD-SL isn't in the picture right now. Since we are bigger folks would there be a benefit to the wider pedal? Or will I not notice a difference? Will numb toes and hot spots creep in if I go with a smaller, MTB oriented pedal?
Right now I am looking at a few options and wanted to know what my fellow C&A folks have used. I don't want to ask on the road forum because, well, I am not a weight weenie and have another 30 lbs or so to lose off me, so grams aren't THAT important.
I like these the best: Shimano PD-M530's - They seem to fit my purposes, look really nice, and aren't through the roof expensive. And I like Shimano products. Especially dual entry and the fact they are white.
The next is the more road directed A520 pedal, which is really close to what I have BUT not a dual sided pedal. I like the M530's for the dual entry, but is it that important?
There are the Ultegra A600s but those are a bit out of the price range I want to spend on pedals (since the bike needs rims and tires). But obviously they are probably the lightest and best option, but are they really worth $80? Has anyone used these on a road bike before?
The last options I was looking at is the M520 and M540 pedals. They are really small so it would just be a place to clip in, and aesthetically they aren't very pleasing.
So, what say ye my fellow clip-less Clyde riders?