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Old 07-25-08, 08:57 AM   #1
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Nashbar Rodeo Pedals

Anyone ever use these:http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...pless%20Pedals

My old Nashbar pedals broke this AM on the commute - they were the huge bmx style platforms (square shape, though, with rounded corners - not classic circular bear trap). light weight silver alloy (not the black heavy duty pegged ones still available), and a corner just snapped off when taking off from a light...they still seem usuable and I'm riding home on them but figure why risk more snapping off when I weigh over 200 lbs and regularly stand and mosh up bridges? I paid about $15-20 for these over 5 years ago, so I'd say I got my money's worth outta them.

anyhoo, I want to get peds with clips on one side - I ride to work in Specialized Sonomas I tried using these shoes with Spedplay Frogs on long rides and my feet were dying. I figure for a 6 mile commute they'd be okay (I'd only use the clips on the bridge anyway - too chicken to click in when in traffic)

Any one use these? any thoughts on the spd style cleats? release & click in ease? Durability? Comfort of non-clip side?
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Old 07-25-08, 10:17 AM   #2
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I just got a pair of these for my commuter bike. They seem to be decent quality. I've only put about 40 miles on them though, so i don't know about long term durability yet. Mostly I've been riding in sandals on the pokey, non-cleat side, since I'm waiting for new shoes to come in. I tried the cleats out with an old pair of road shoes and didn't really find any major flaws with the mechanism itself. Because of the weight of clipping mechanism, the normal platform is always oriented up, which makes it easy when it normal shoes, but was annoying when trying to reclip on my road shoes. I'm assuming this was just an issue of the the cleat placement on the road shoe (hanging off, not recessed). The normal pedal side itself has pretty decent grip...my foot has really only slipped off once or twice since I've been using them (which is nothing compared to the amount of times this has happened trying to ride in normal shoes on a standard spd pedal).

I like to be attached to the pedals when I bike, but still like wanted to bike comfortably and safely in normal shoes, which is why I got these pedals (and they were pretty cheap, on sale for $25, so if I end up hating them, it was a pretty minimal investment).

It's funny you say you're too chicken to be clipped into your pedals in traffic...I much prefer to be clipped in while in traffic...much less of a chance of slipping while trying to get going at light and much less of a chance of slipping if I need to really stomp on the pedals (to say, put myself into a safer, better road position or get around a road hazard fast).
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I'll give a negative review. I ordered 3 different pairs, and they all SUCKED. Really really difficult to clip into, even at lowest tension. I'm an experienced user of SPD type pedals, so it wasn't anything like that. I'm not a brand snob either, the performance house brand equivalent works great for me. I almost feel like I got some pedals from a bad manufacturing run or something. Truly truly awful.
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My apologies - I did a search and they have been discussed on BF before - they are apparently rebranded Well Gos (which are ostensibly a knockoff of similar Shimanos)...apparently Performance once sold a similar pedal ("Campus" Model?).

The price is certainly right but I think I'm gonna pass...people seemed divided 50-50 +/- on them, but there were enough issues there that I'd rather avoid.

Just for the record my rebranded Nashbars that broke were not Wellgos, they were VP BMX DH models (757 "Bat Wing" model)
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It's funny you say you're too chicken to be clipped into your pedals in traffic...I much prefer to be clipped in while in traffic...much less of a chance of slipping while trying to get going at light and much less of a chance of slipping if I need to really stomp on the pedals (to say, put myself into a safer, better road position or get around a road hazard fast).
See, I'm with others who say they have NEVER slipped on platforms. I stand up to take off at every light, blast through intersections when needed and really honk up hills - no slipping off issues ever...I will say I HAVE occasionally slipped off clipless pedals in my slick soled racing shoes while trying to clip in.

I will also say when wanting to be clipped in (trail riding, on highway service roads, long country lanes, etc.), there's no question of clipless over toe clips (Good riddance!). But I just am too scared of moronic pedestrians and motorists hopping out in front of me to clip in while commuting.

I should stress that in NYC, one does not strictly ride along the right shoulder as they might in many other places. It's a free-for-all for motorists, pedestrians, and yes, even the most law abiding riders, and stuff is happening all around you. I realize people can and do ride here in clipless, and they do fine, but unlike a tumble at a stop sign or red light out in the boondocks, here you can have your head/leg/arm run over in a matter of seconds if you go down, and that's plenty scary enough to keep me on platforms.
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I bought the Performance version, and only use the platform side. My feet don't slip on them, but the pedals seem to always end up with the platform side down making it at PITA to flip over in traffic.
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I bought the Performance version, and only use the platform side. My feet don't slip on them, but the pedals seem to always end up with the platform side down making it at PITA to flip over in traffic.
"PITA" is a bit of an exaggeration. There's nothing wrong with riding on the clipless side for a bit till you can safely flip it over. Besides, I imagine most people using these pedals--like myself--use the clipless side the majority of the time.
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I used those for a about 6 months on my commuter until I found the equivalent Shimano pedal, and splurged for the upgrade. They look almost exactly like the Shimano they emulate, and function the same as well. The bearings in the Shimano felt smoother to start with, and the clip-in/clip-out action was lighter from day one with the Shimano, but both of these things got better with time on the Nashbars once they loosened up. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them, but if you have an extra $20 in your pocket, I'd recommend the Shimano instead.
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I used those for a about 6 months on my commuter until I found the equivalent Shimano pedal, and splurged for the upgrade. They look almost exactly like the Shimano they emulate, and function the same as well. The bearings in the Shimano felt smoother to start with, and the clip-in/clip-out action was lighter from day one with the Shimano, but both of these things got better with time on the Nashbars once they loosened up. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them, but if you have an extra $20 in your pocket, I'd recommend the Shimano instead.
You got the Shimano PD-M324? I was just about to look and post if I couldn't find out anything.
http://www.spadout.com/p/shimano-pd-m324/#

I have a old set of M1's that are about shot. Form my 4 mile commute I think I am just find with my reqular shoes so that I don't have to bring a pair to change into. Mostly weekend pleasure rides and eventually and occasional century I want the clips for.
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You got the Shimano PD-M324? I was just about to look and post if I couldn't find out anything.
http://www.spadout.com/p/shimano-pd-m324/#
Yep, those are the ones - though if I were looking at new Shimano dual-sided pedals, I've heard the PD-A530 http://tinyurl.com/58c7uc is a newer, better design
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I have some in a box somewhere. There is a reason they are so cheap. they are junk. The clipless side is not a smooth clip-in clip-out. I have a lot of nashbar-brand stuff that I'm happy with but these pedals are terrible.

Yea, the shimanos are $80, but mine were $100 because I was dumb enough to waste $20 on the Nashbars first.

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bike stuff pricing is amazing. My rodeos were about $20 about 3 years ago. My shimanos were $80 at the LBS. Nashbar is right now selling the Rodeos for $35 and the Shimanos for $65

The shimano is an amazing value right now considering the 20% couplon is still floating around.

The price of the rodeo is inflated at $35, the price will lower considerably when the current round of 20% coupons are done

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"PITA" is a bit of an exaggeration. There's nothing wrong with riding on the clipless side for a bit till you can safely flip it over. Besides, I imagine most people using these pedals--like myself--use the clipless side the majority of the time.
I have learned to ride with the clipless side, but it's still annoying and distracting at a time when I should be concentrating of the traffic around me. Or when I'm coming home after dark.
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See, I'm with others who say they have NEVER slipped on platforms.
I've slipped on crappy stock platforms when it's wet out, but never on the MTBs I bought to replace them, even in blizzards and downpours.
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