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Old 08-06-08, 10:15 PM   #1
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Candy C vs. Shimano PD-A520 (A530) Pedals

I plan on getting some pedals that have both a platform for when I'm in traffic and stop/go areas, but also the option for clipless. My hope is that having both will ease the transition from going to platform to clipless.

Digging through the archives, it seems that these are the most highly recommended and best reviewed. Which ones are easier to get in/out of? Which would be better for a novice who is just getting into cycling? Which would be easier to use w/ regular shoes or as a platform until I can get a decent pair of SPD shoes?

Candy C



A520

I also considered getting the Shimano 6610's ($67), but seeing as these are SPD-SL and the platform is smaller, I didn't think they would work well if i was using my regular sneakers.

Edited to include....Pedals will be used on a Jamis Ventura Elite Road bike for commuting.

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Old 08-06-08, 11:09 PM   #2
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I don't know if that little platform makes any difference. Doesn't the mechanism stick up above the platform anyways?

I use regular mountain bike SPDs with something like this:

http://nashbar.com/profile.cfm?categ...reid=&pagename=

They're good enough to go on an easy ride with when you don't feel like putting on the "special shoes" and they are removable. The only thing that kind of sucks about them is that you'll have to flip them over to the platform side sometimes.
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the A520 and the A530 are totally different pedals.

you want the A530. it rocks. the candy c or the a520 not so much for what you want to do.
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Could I get away w/ using the Integra 6610's w/ sneakers?

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Don't ride Candy's with regular shoes. I forgot my cycling shoes the other day on a short ride with a friend and it was a very uncomfortable 4 mile ride wearing tennis shoes.
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Shimano M324 Platform on one side, SPD on the other.
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i have the Forte Campus pedal from performancebike, the SPD side sucks with regular shoes on. If you want to use regular shoes, I'd suggest a platform/SPD pedal like the campus or shimano equivalent.
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The Shimano A530 is a better dual-use pedal and about a quarter pound lighter than the M324....
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Time ATAC Mallet; Crank Bros. Acid. Or the 324.

Pick, buy, and ride.
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The Shimano 324s are head and shoulders above the Campus(wellgo) pedals. Can be bought for $50 on sale at Performance. The 324s work as you think they should.
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