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Old 02-19-08, 03:09 AM   #1
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Shimano Two Way Pedal

Sheldon Brown (pbuh) mentioned Shimano's new pedal with SPD on one side and platform on the other that he saw at Interbike. You can see the pedal at Sheldon's (pbuh) site.
A local shop had one, but no longer. They said they got it from the Shimano rep. I have not been able to find another. I don't even know if they are being sold yet. But does anyone know this pedal? What's the name? Do you know where I can get one? Or when I will be able to buy one?

I am getting ready to buy pedals for one of my bikes and this would be great for it. I won't mind waiting if not too long, I can always swap pedals between bikes until the pedal is for sale. But if it is going to be a long time, I will probably just go out and buy a different pedal that I am also interested in.

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Old 02-19-08, 04:33 AM   #2
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There are many pedals like these with a clipless on one side and a platform on the other. There are a bunch of companies that make them, Wellgo and Shimano at least, and i've seen a few more that I can't remember. You should be able to find a set to suit your needs without too much trouble, if you can't find them locally online shops like JensonUSA have them.

As to which one that is in particular? I don't know sorry.

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Old 02-19-08, 04:46 AM   #3
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I disagree, there are many that have SPD on one side and platform on the other, but these are different. I have never liked the others, these I like. On Sheldon's (pbuh) site he says:
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This new model, not yet even in the catalogue, is a much nicer design. The non-SPD side has a nicely curved foot bed that should be quite comfortable even for soft-soled street shoes
And I happen to think so also. I have never liked the way the other ones felt when using regular shoes. These are much more comfortable.
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Old 02-19-08, 04:55 AM   #4
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Ah, so you're just looking for that shape. For some reason, I took it as "what kind of pedals are these"

I can understand why, the set I tried out from Wellgo wasn't very friendly. Especially if you miss the flat part with your foot and put it down on the SPD, having your foot slide right off and the sharp teeth of the pedal bite your shins!
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MKS makes a "quick release" pedal (pull back a ring and the pedal comes off) that comes in platform or clipless. You could get a set of each and switch them as you want in a couple of seconds. You can also remove them when parking the bike to make it a bit more unfriendly to thieves.

The alternating sided pedals (clipless one side, platform the other) are a pain for clipless as you have to roll the pedal over with your toe (clipless side is heavier and always faces down) to clip in.
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I've been pretty happy with the shimano 324 pedals I have on my Raleigh Detour Deluxe. I ride clipless 90% of the time and the pedals love to be upside down, but for the 10% of "street shoe" riding I do, the are great.

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Those are the Shimano PD-A530 pedals.
More information in the following link:
http://cycle.shimano-eu.com/catalog/cycle/products/
component.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441788189&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302050113&ASSORTMENT% 3C%3East_id=1408474395181667&bmUID=1203423223675

Don't know where you can get them, good luck finding them.

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Hmmm, they are not on the Shimano North American site. I guess they are waiting to bring over here. Thanks for the link. I will keep an eye out for them.
HandsomeRyan, thanks, but like I said above, I do not care for that type of pedal. I have never found them comfortable when wearing regular shoes.

I assume these will turn over and have the clipless side down also. I don't find that too big of a deal. If I don't get these, I will probably go with the Shimano PD-A520, these also have the clipless side down problem.
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SweetLou...the A520's are single side pedals. I own 2 pairs.
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HandsomeRyan, thanks, but like I said above, I do not care for that type of pedal. I have never found them comfortable when wearing regular shoes.
Any chance the problem is with your shoes not the pedals? I don't think I'd be able to feel a difference in the platform side between a 324 and a 520 pedal through my shoes? I guess my feet just aren't that sensitive. You may be the cycling equivalent to The Princess and the Pea.

Off topic- I have a pair of shimano 545 (double-sided SPD) pedals on my mountain bike that have prooven themselves to be bulletproof.
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If you haven't yet invested in a boatload of SPD pedals and cleats yet, try looking at the Crank Brothers egg beater platform. I used to use SPD's but since switching to eggbeaters I haven't looked back. They have pedals with the platforms surrounding the clipping mechanism, and are still two sided. None of that stepping on the clip and your foot sliding off nonsense. If you have a bike where you always run clipless, the four sided entry is great, much easier to step in and out of in my opinion.
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SweetLou...the A520's are single side pedals. I own 2 pairs.
Thank you. I already knew this though. I am looking for pedals for a touring bike. I use SPD pedals on all my bikes, but am thinking about the a520s for a touring bike. I hear they are very comfortable on the long daily rides. I am comfortable with the SPDs I have now, I don't get the hot spots others talk about. I just think something that will spread out the weight a little would be nice for touring.

I don't think it is my shoes, since I have felt this way all my life with many different shoes. I just don't like the feel of the metal edge. I am just more comfortable with cheap plastic flat platforms. They grab the soles and I can never get the foot in a good position. It isn't that big of a deal, since I ride clipless 98% of the time. I just want platform for when I don't feel like changing shoes. Like if I am just going to the store for a couple of things, walking the dog, etc.

Yeah, I have thought about trying eggbeaters, but I have SPDs now and don't feel like changing since I am happy with them. Though, I saw a shimano shoe that I like and I might set one shoe up as SPD and another with a different system. Looks like a nice shoe. It has recessed cleats, but set up more like a road shoe. It had some good reviews also. I think they would be good for cold riding since my mountain shoes can be a pain when trying to get the booties on them.
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Old 02-20-08, 08:42 AM   #13
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Have you considered running a dual sided clipless pedal with platform adapters? I can't immagine these being comfortable to ride on a lot, but if wearing tennis shoes is only 2% of your riding, this is a $5 solutionthat does not require having foreign pedals custom imported.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=2434
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Yeah, I have seen them before and have thought about them. But these pedals are going on a new bike build, I need to buy new pedals no matter what. So, I might as well get the pedals I want. I have also seen a guy on instructables that made a platform out of wood and a cleat.
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I'm not trying to tell you how to build up your bike, but remeber- if you'll only use the platform side 2% of the time, it might be worth it to just use 324's or other commonly available pedals even if they are not your "dream pedals". I know shimano pedals are pretty bullet proof but if you pay a lot of extra money to have a pair of pedals imported from 'across the pond' and something goes wrong with them, there is a chance that your LBS may have trouble getting replacement parts to fix them. Some SPD parts are generic but some are pedal specific and it would stink to ruin a whole tour because you got stuck for 3 days in Burn Corn Alabama waiting on Shimano to send replacement parts for your fancy pedals to "Billy-Bobs Bikes, Live Bait, and Used Car Autorama".

I know life is full of "What If's" and you can't plan for all of them but importing pedals to achieve a negligable comfort difference for 2% of your riding seems like buying an airplane to get free peanuts. Yeah, it'll work but there are better ways to do it.
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Don't need to find one overseas and I doubt if I would buy one if that was the case. I did some searching and there are online retailers selling them. Ebay has a seller also.

Good point about what if something breaks while on tour. The thing is though, if I did have platforms, I would probably use them more often. Right now, I walk my dog with my bike and am usually clipped in. I sometimes use a junky mountain bike with platforms for this, but I hate even riding that bike 100 yards. My dog likes to run for an hour or more, so a good pair of platforms would be nice. Also, if I go to the store I am usually clipped in, but I would rather have regular shoes while walking around the store. So, my 2% would probably go up a lot. Not so much since most of my riding is commuting, weekend fitness rides and touring.

I'll have to think about the breaking down part. It will be a while before this bike is ready, my bar ends shipped yesterday and I still need to buy derailers, brakes and wheels. Right now, I have down tube shifters mounted to the top tub and the cable housing held in place with tape. After I bought the frame, I stole some parts from the cheap mountain bike to make it rideable, I just couldn't wait until I bought everything. It's quite funny looking right now. A Bianchi mountain bike frame, rigid forks, big heavy 26" tires, drop bars and the shifters...

So, for now, the pedals are the last of the list of things to get. I can wait a couple of months to see if my LBS has them yet or if in the QBP. But I do like those A520.

Thanks for the ideas.
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REI has them
http://www.rei.com/product/764688 for 84$
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I've seen the A520 before but not the A530. Both look good but the 530 looks like it has a better platform

Im still sticking with my double entry tried and true M520s though
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I do like the M520s. I have a couple and they are great. I just want a platform for short trips with the dog and quick trips to the store. Maybe I will get those clip in adapters. I saw some from Winwood at Nashbar or Performance that seem to be made better than the plastic ones. My LBS told me not to get the plastic ones. They use them for test rides but they say the don't hold up for something to use on a regular basis.
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