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Old 04-28-08, 07:56 AM   #1
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Do combination clipless/platform pedals exist?

As the title says, I'm in the market for a set of pedals, but I'd like to get some that can be used as clipless, but that are still rideable with a reasonable degree of comfort in ordinary shoes.

I currently have two road bikes - a pretty aggressively fit Cervelo which has my set of Crank Brothers Candy clipless pedals, and a second which is much more suitable for commuting that is in need of a set. Whatever solution I come up with, I'd like to be able to maintain cleat compatibility between the two. This means that my first preference is a pedal that works with Crank Brothers cleats, but that I'm not totally averse to replacing the Candies with something else if that's what I have to do.

I've seen that crank brothers offers some clipless pedals that are sorta-kinda platformish, such as their Mallet line. Can those me made to fit this situation?

Alternately, the Shimano Campus pedals look like a good solution, but the selection of nice road pedals that work with SPD cleats (Which the campus use) doesn't appear to be that good. I assume SPD-SL is totally different - it appears to be.

Thanks in advance, guys.
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Old 04-28-08, 08:41 AM   #2
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Get the Mallets. I've ridden on mine numerous times with regular shoes (sneakers, Rockports, etc., not hard-soled dress shoes) and they work fine. The platform's about as big as my forefoot.
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Old 04-28-08, 09:51 AM   #3
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I ride my Crank Bros Acid pedals in my Nike ACG street shoes (big lugged soles), and it works just fine.

My Keen street shoes are too flat for this, though - I can feel the clip hardware through the sole and I don't feel like it grips very well. I could get to the store in a pinch, but I wouldn't ride 'em in the rain.
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I had a set of these - good platforms with clips in the middle. Worked well for flat bottomed bike shoes, not so much for the cleated bottom bike shoes.

Sorry I don't remember the brand ... but this may or may not be a consideration for you.
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Old 04-28-08, 10:09 AM   #5
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Forte Campus pedals, http://www.performancebike.com
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Awesome, thanks guys.

The mallets are looking like a winner.
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I use these on the commuter. one side is a flat the other clipless, I also use a MTB shoe so either side can be used with a clipless shoes, but if I run to the store any shoe works. Once you get the hang of flipping them to clip in is no issue

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...-_-null-_-null
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Shimano makes an excellent pedal with both clipless and platform.

Otherwise, a platform attachment is available for Speedplay X-series pedals.
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Shimano M-424. Had 'em on my hardtail for years now.
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I use these on the commuter. one side is a flat the other clipless, I also use a MTB shoe so either side can be used with a clipless shoes, but if I run to the store any shoe works. Once you get the hang of flipping them to clip in is no issue

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...-_-null-_-null
+1, These work fine.
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take a look at Shimano's pd-A530, a combination pedal.
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I have a pair of Shimano M324's that work very well. They're comfortable with casual shoes and with SPD cleats.

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I use these on the commuter. one side is a flat the other clipless, I also use a MTB shoe so either side can be used with a clipless shoes, but if I run to the store any shoe works. Once you get the hang of flipping them to clip in is no issue

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...-_-null-_-null
I use these and just rode a 17 mile round trip commute in dress shoes the other day quite comfortably and use a cleated shoe most days.
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I have some double-sided pedals that I like. I just looked at them and there is no label of any kind on them. I looked at the Shimano and the Forte (Performance Cycle) pedals and like mine a bit better. The Shimanos are more expensive and the Forte's are heavier. Mine are aluminum, SPD on one side and have rubber strips on the flats on the other side. I got them at Cycle Analysts in Denver for a little over $30. http://www.cycleanalystinc.com/
I am a fan of the mountain bike SPD pedals because the cleats on your shoes are almost flush with the sole so you can walk in them like a normal person.
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I just looked those Crank Brothers Mallets up. They look pretty good.
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I use these right now, but am planning to get more permanent pedal like those when I can afford them.

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