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Old 10-03-11, 04:13 PM   #1
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Which pedal for my setup?

I decided on the Felt F75X, and I can't wait to see it friday! It's a sharp one, isn't it?

Now I need to decide on which pedals to choose:

So how I'll be riding my Felt is in a sporty way, but I'll be commuting during the winter as well. This will also be my 'cruiser' for just going around town to pick up groceries or get to the cafe for a coffee. So I want to be able to clip, but also just step on with regular shoes.

Should I go for the Shimano PD-A520

PD-M424

or PD-M530?
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I want to be able to clip, but also just step on with regular shoes.
so I'd say given that criteria, the Shimano PD-A520, does that ..


if its spongy sole trainers, the PD-M424, may be satisfactory,.. double sided,
you just use the foam in the shoe sole to allow the Spud mech,
to press itself into that shoe's sole.

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I've used Shimano SPD-SLs in this way before, and thought it worked fine without cleats and simple sneakers. I'm leaning towards the PD-M530 right now, I'm just questioning weather it can act as a platform on a simple 3 mile ride. And if not, is the ugly PD-M424 necessary?
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The A520 has a rounded back, you can't stand on it. If you want single sided SPD, get the A530's.
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Of the three you show, I'd go with the PD-M424s. I have the A-520's on my road bike so I don't have to use different shoes for road and MTB. The really don't have a "platform" for use with regular shoes. The body is also fairly narrow so unless you have thin feet, it's not really good for regular shoes. FYI they are a one-sided pedal.

The PD-M530s are meant to give some extra support for your feet while wearing clipless MTB shoes, so you end up pedalling on the binding anyway when using street shoes.

I don't have direct experience with them, but the PD-M424s seem to be a hybrid MTB pedal that you can easily use with street shoes. That said, because of experience with them, I have to agree with igknighted and recommend the A530 pedals that you can easily use with both street and cycling shoes.



Having clips on one side only, the A530s aren't really race ready, but work great as a general multiuse pedal. I have them on my GP bike and use them both ways. Mine are black, so if you want a black pedal, you should be able to find the A530s in black too.
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I would be sold on the A530s, and wouldn't even have made this thread, if it wasn't sold out of where I was ordering it from.
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The 530's are in stock from QBP (in silver), so your shop should be able to have them in a week or so. If that's what you really want, it's worth the wait. If it's that big of a deal, maybe they have some test/demo SPD pedals you could borrow in the meantime?
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The 530's are in stock from QBP (in silver), so your shop should be able to have them in a week or so. If that's what you really want, it's worth the wait. If it's that big of a deal, maybe they have some test/demo SPD pedals you could borrow in the meantime?
I'm getting them through a ProDeal directly from Shimano. They're out of them right now
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Thankfully they got them back, so now I got a pair of PD-A530s and some nice shoes to go with it on their way! Now I gotta get the fenders figured out.
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That is a beautiful bike.

I have no experience with any of those pedals, but I just this year switched to clipless for the first time, and I put M324 Shimano pedals on my Kona Jake. I like them a lot, for exactly the same type of use you specify.
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I went with the recommendation! Thankfully they came back in stock.

I'd like to say they work great. When there's no pressure on them, they're perpendicular with the clipless side facing back. So you never have to look at them, you just have to remember which way to flip it when you put your foot on.
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With a decent pedal wrench you can always change pedals , in a couple minutes..
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With a decent pedal wrench you can always change pedals , in a couple minutes..
I know, I have one, and I work on bikes. This pedal works fine though, and I'm not a weight weenie.
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Just in a proper race, double sided pedal will be a no look faster remount.
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