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Old 10-24-11, 11:08 AM   #1
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I have a flat bar road bike with shimano m505 pedals. I need upgrade suggestions.

Hey there. I have a Giant Rapid flat bar road bike. I want to upgrade my M505 pedals for some higher end pedals that are maybe lighter and easier to snap into. Can you guys recommend some. Thanks.
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Old 10-24-11, 11:15 AM   #2
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I normally use these Shimano PD-A520 SPD Sport Pedals on some of my bikes...
Or something like this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Wellgo-W...3#ht_691wt_945

I ride something like this on my cannondale road bike.

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Old 10-24-11, 02:01 PM   #3
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I love my A-530's ... just don't expect to do technical stuff on the platforms, especially when wet.
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Old 10-24-11, 02:31 PM   #4
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http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0052_512515_-1___

Clip in & out very easily; doesn't matter which side of the pedal is facing you, press down and you will hear a quick snap. Very light pedal and cleat. A lot of float, maybe 15-20 degrees.

Plus they're cheap.
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I too have had great results with the Shimano M520's. I combined them with Pearl Izumi X-Alp Enduro-2's and it is indeed a nice combination.
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Look Quartz - per weight weenies, 260 grams vs. 450 on M505.. have used them for better than a year. They work great, very positive clip in, no issues clipping out, double sided with a nice platform size. Good size platform that takes a horsing well. No tension adjustments, float is controlled by which of two cleats you install. Only down side I have with them is that the cleat is not compatible with anything else that I have found.

Looks site says 318 grams with cleats, but I have no confirmation of that or the weight weenies numbers.

This was based on the assumption that you wanted MTB pedals.
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I do Look and VJs. The VJs really small & light and accomedates SPD cleats.
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OP: certainly worth replacing the m505 pedals. You simply need to decide if you want a dedicated 'road' pedal/shoe, or something more 'walkable' which typically means an mtb(-style) pedal/shoe.
I use Shimano XT pedals with Specialized 'touring' road shoes; the latter have a very stiff sole and look 'roadie' (i.e. they don't have the large tread lugs typical of mtb shoes), but are walkable with recessed spd cleats. Dual-sided (which I like), and light.
As others have said, lots of options.
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Should I go road bike style shoes or mtb style shoes for my bike???

Can't decide between the 2? Any opionions would be great. Thanks.
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Can't decide between the 2? Any opionions would be great. Thanks.
Go mtb if you want:
1. Walkable (i.e. if you tend to walk around when stopped during a longer ride, or use your bike frequently for errands, etc etc);
2. If you tend to prefer dual-sided entry (though some road pedals, e.g. Speedplay I think (?) are dual-sided);
3. If you are not currently currently bothered by 'hot spots' on your feet during longer rides (road pedals/cleats typically 'spread the load' over a wider area, and the shoes tend to have stiffer [sometimes carbon] soles).

Go road if:
1. You don't care about your cycling shoes being easily 'walkable'
2. You don't care about single-sided vs. dual-sided entry (but see above re. Speedplay)
3. You are experiencing 'hot spots'/pressure points during longer rides.

Those are the kinds of things I'd think about. I'm squarely in the 'mtb-style' camp, but (as with saddles) it's a matter of personal preference ultimately.

Oh, and btw ... riding your Giant Rapid on the road with mtb-style pedals/shoes will 'mark' you as a Fred (like me); no getting around it. If that matters, then go road, though you'll also have to ditch the flat-bars ...
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Old 10-25-11, 02:14 PM   #11
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I agree strongly with Badger1, but did want to point out that if you have hot spots you can get some very stiff MTB shoes that help quite a bit, and you can also get a BIG downhill pedal that uses a 2-hole cleat such as the Crankbrothers Mallet.

I think your first shoes should be MTB and then decide later if you want/need to add road to that.
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