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    Shimano PD 540 pedals...good or bad?

    What does everyone think of the Shimano PD 540 pedals? I haven't used clipless pedals before and think that it is time that I try them. I am on budget and that is how I came up with the 540s. Are they easy to clip in and out of? Are there easier pedals in that price range, to clip in and out ?

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    I just picked up the M540s and am VERY impressed so far. A huge step up from the Nashbar/Wellgo pedals I had been using. I didn't know how smooth entry/exit a pair of SPDs could be. I got mine delivered in ebay for $65.
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    Which pedals are you referring to? The M540's (SPD, for MTB shoes) or the R540's (SPD-SL)?

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    I've got about 1200 miles on mine with no problems.

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    Work great for me. Easy to adjust to make it easy to get out of - great while getting used to clipless pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT354
    Which pedals are you referring to? The M540's (SPD, for MTB shoes) or the R540's (SPD-SL)?
    I guess they would have to be the M540's since I have the mountain bike type shoes. I didn't know there were two 540's

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    I had a set of the M540's and was very happy with them. I use them on my rode bike becaue I like using SPD cleats. At about 4,000 miles one of the spinle bearings went south on me. Not sure how many miles you should expect from pedels though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C200
    What does everyone think of the Shimano PD 540 pedals? I haven't used clipless pedals before and think that it is time that I try them. I am on budget and that is how I came up with the 540s. Are they easy to clip in and out of? Are there easier pedals in that price range, to clip in and out ?
    Both the M540s and the R540s are solid. I have used both and didn't have issues with either...

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    I have M540s on my Giant TCR and on my ATB. I like that they have double-sided entry making them very quick to get into--handy when I'm commuting on either bike.

    I noticed during a ride with the Baltimore Bike Club that I was much quicker clipping in then those with road-specific pedals.
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    I have about 1200 miles on my R540s. That is the only pair of clipless pedals I have ridden, so I can't compare to anything else. However, I haven't had any issues with them.

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    I got my M540s over the winter, and have about 200 miles on them. No complains here, they are great. The M520s have the same design and are cheaper because they're a little heavier. If you want to save a little money and don't care about weight, try the M520s.

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    I got the M540's last year as my first pair of clipless after I had about 150 miles or so on my new bike. I had no problems whatsoever. I am, however, moving them over to my mountain bike now as I received my Ultegra 6610 SPD-SL's today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuda2k
    I just picked up the M540s and am VERY impressed so far. A huge step up from the Nashbar/Wellgo pedals I had been using. I didn't know how smooth entry/exit a pair of SPDs could be. I got mine delivered in ebay for $65.
    So, what differentiated the M450's from the Nashbar in your opininon? I noticed on my Nashbar's that they don't spin very smoothly out of the box.

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