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Old 10-24-06, 03:03 PM   #1
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Anybody Use These? Nashbar Multi-Purpose Platform Sport Pedal



These seem to be the knockoff of the Shimano M545. No doubt you get what you pay for, but the Shimano is $70 on eBay and Nashbar has their version for $34 (plus a reliable 10% coupon).

Looking for a choice beyond the clipless/platform hybrid. This is double-entry SPD and double-sided platform.
Yea? Nay?
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What's Nashbar's return policy and warranty like? If you can return them for a full refund, I'd give them a shot. I believe Nashbar also has Campus pedals that are SPD on one side and platform on the other.
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Oh god those things are crap. I had some for about a month and the bearings squeek like crazy. I ended up taking them off and putting my old Welgo pedals back on. Don't buy them!
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Yeah, I was afraid of that. But I'm glad I didn't waste any money.
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Anyone know who makes these pedals for Nashbar? I don't think they are Wellgos.

I'm sort of interested in a large double sided SPD pedal too. I think SPD on one side only would drive me nuts.
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I think SPD on one side only would drive me nuts.
I tried that type of pedal and since gravity kept the clipless side down you had to tip the pedal over with your toe and quickly slide your foot onto the pedal then engage the cleat. I took those things off after two weeks as they drove me nuts. I just don't see any advantage to a one sided clip/platform pedal over a double sided clip/platform pedal.
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I just don't see any advantage to a one sided clip/platform pedal over a double sided clip/platform pedal.

Exactly. It's like The inconvenience of toe clips plus the inconvenience of clipless! All in one pedal!
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Exactly. It's like The inconvenience of toe clips plus the inconvenience of clipless! All in one pedal!
Heh...you guys don't know how to use them. True, you'll often start off on the platform side, but to get to the SPD side, take your foot off for about a quarter to half revolution and the SPD side will come up. Clip in and go. And if you don't always wear bike shoes, like when it's snowing and you're wearing boots, the platforms come in handy.

I wouldn't use them on my fixie, but I could.
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I have to agree with jyssarian. I use the campus pedal on all both my bikes (urban mountain with 700c and a folder). I use his technique no clip and after a week or so I don't even need to look down to do so.

Now when I am using the bike to go around the block or ride inside th university ("campus" pedal after all) I have the convenient flat side to ride in comfort and style
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But double sided ones have the same platform for non cleat riding. And you don't need to aquire a tecnique to use them with cleats.
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But double sided ones have the same platform for non cleat riding. And you don't need to aquire a tecnique to use them with cleats.
True, but the SPDs sit up higher than the platform and they get slippery when wet, so if you're riding w/ non-cleat shoes in the rain or snow, they'll feel a little squirrelly. And if you're riding for a long time, you'll get a hotspot unless you have really thick soles.
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I understand Moxfyre has something very similar to this from nashbar, the "rodeo". He is always raving about it. I am definately considering a pair, as I would just return them/sell If i didn't enjoy them.
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I'm overstating the case. But I'm getting these pedals for a bike that for the moment is a singlespeed and soon to be fixed. If I get one shot to clip in every revolution of the cranks, I don't want to have to also flip up a pedal depending on what shoese I'm wearing.

So JYo: you like these? Any issues?
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I bought them, but when I realized they were like ninety pounds, I never even installed them.

Nashbar does have an excellent return policy.

You might want to look at the Shimano A520. The are single side SPd but with a platform "like" area around the pedal. They re weighted nicely so when you go to click in, tho toe portion of the pedal is always facing up.

I love mine and a bunch of others here use them as well.
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Old 10-25-06, 11:53 AM   #15
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I have the Shimano M324 pedals. Sure, gravity does its thing, but jyossarian is spot on. Another cool technique to "master" is to spin the pedal backwards and clip in while it's spinning -- in one elegant motion. It's a technique I call "luck".
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Mtb clipless pedals use recesed cleats, this means the clipless mechanism needs to stick up above the platform. If the platform was level or above the mechanism the shoe tread would hit it before the cleat reached the mechanism.
Mtb pedals with platforms are more to provide more area with clipless shoes when you are not cliped in.
If you are set on the combined pedals times and egg beaters are susposed to be better with normal shoes than spds but I have only tried the spd version.
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The only issue I have w/ SPDs is accidentally unclipping during hard climbs up steep hills when I'm moving slowly and pulling up hard on the backstroke, and occasionally while skipping and skidding on my fixie. This issue is most likely due to worn cleats since I wear my bike shoes all day everyday and so they get worn from walking around. The simple solution is to change the cleats when they're worn.

If you're going to use them on a fixie, keep the tension tight and replace the cleats when they get worn. Also make sure the cleats are positioned correctly so you won't get any knee pain because your foot's not in its natural position for pedaling.

If you don't want to lug an extra pair of shoes around and want some you can wear at the office, check these Diadora's out at Nashbar.



And yup, the ones you show are the ones I have. I rode on them for years w/ regular shoes and now w/ bike shoes and they do the trick. I might switch out for lighter pedals, but only when I have some money burning holes in my pockets and have nothing better to do.
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Too funny.
I actually bought those shoes a week or two ago. My bike shoes are this daintly little Adidas mesh things, and they are absolutely freezing, even in a summer breeze. I'll see what these monsters are like soon enough. But I'm beginning to think that I'll just get regular SPD's for the singlespeed and keep the hybrid (with the platform pedals and the baby seat) for neighborhood trips.
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Yeah, I'd leave platforms on the hybrid. You don't want tip-overs when the baby seat is loaded full of baby.
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True. But she's a tough kid. And she's clipped in anyway.
But you just reminded me that I've got to get that balloon from the last birthday party out of the cogs. (THAT's an alarming little malfunction that only the parents of small children. You don't usually hear an explosion in the drive train of a bicycle, you know?)
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+1 on the campus pedal. I have the Performance version and they're great. Got them for $29.99.
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Has anyone tried these? http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=PD1126
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Well, those look interesting, but from this picture, it took me five minutes to figure out what went where. These look like the snap-in platforms that nobody really recommends....

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