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Old 07-05-20, 08:26 PM
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SPD pedal recommendation for newbie

Just wondering what pedals you'd recommend to someone new to clipless. They are looking for a SPD / flat combo. Shimano Click'r / EH500 / M324 or Crankbros Doubleshots? I'm too new to know enough to provide much help. And don't have SPDs. At the moment shops here have nothing in stock, so online is likely. Pros/ cons?
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Old 07-06-20, 05:42 AM
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On the bike I use to ride on trails (paved and crushed stone) and/or biking with my wife, I have those Shimano combo pedals. I often want to ride with sneakers on for sort rides or rides where I'll be off the bike a lot and those work great.
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Old 07-06-20, 01:11 PM
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I really liked the Shimano PD-T8000 combo flat/SPD pedals. They spin freely when you unclip to point directly downward so that it's easy to find the clip or the flat side without looking.

They were a little wide for the more aggressive style cycling I was doing, and ended up getting pedal strikes when pedaling hard through sharper corners. I've substituted them out for the ISSI Flip 3 pedals, which are narrower and don't get pedal strikes. However they don't align themselves like the Shimano PD-T8000 did so that's kind of annoying.

The Shimano EH500 look like a good pick too, but I don't think they align themselves either.

The one thing you really want is to have pins on the flat side and not just molded nubs. The pins give waaaaayyyy better grip when riding in flats.
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Old 07-06-20, 02:06 PM
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Or the Shimano PD-M424. Dual sided SPD with a platform for regular shoes. $55

https://www.rei.com/product/752295/s...oAOQ&gclsrc=ds
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Old 07-06-20, 02:58 PM
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The 324 don't look out of place on my vintage bikes. Typically stop with the clip side up.
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Old 07-06-20, 04:04 PM
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Magped because the cleat connection is a Magnet.. https://www.magped.us/?v=7516fd43adaa


But SPD is a Shimano trade name, so taken literally it more a what is your favorite Shimano Pedal?

Q: you want a Road (racing) or an off road Pedal ? the shoe choice is different...
Most , here, assume the latter of the 2 categories






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Old 07-06-20, 06:27 PM
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The combo pedals are generally junky, go all in or just stay with flats
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Originally Posted by Tacoenthusiast View Post
The combo pedals are generally junky, go all in or just stay with flats
Iíve used a pair of the 424 on my commuter for years, no issues.
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Old 07-06-20, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Iíve used a pair of the 424 on my commuter for years, no issues.
I've used the a530 Shimano pedals and they suck, no grip on the platform side and only having the clips on one side was a pain in the rear

Glad yours worked for you
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Old 07-06-20, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
The 324 don't look out of place on my vintage bikes. Typically stop with the clip side up.
Thanks. Not a vintage bike, but glad to know they stop clip side up.

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Magped because the cleat connection is a Magnet.. https://www.magped.us/?v=7516fd43adaa
Do you use these? I've been curious - what aspects do you like / what are the drawbacks etc. How do you find the tension /release for lack of a better term?

Originally Posted by Tacoenthusiast View Post
The combo pedals are generally junky, go all in or just stay with flats
He is looking for the option of flats when taking the bike on short errands / out with kids etc.

Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Iíve used a pair of the 424 on my commuter for years, no issues.
Thanks! It looks like the pins are plastic?

Originally Posted by Tacoenthusiast View Post
I've used the a530 Shimano pedals and they suck, no grip on the platform side and only having the clips on one side was a pain in the rear

Glad yours worked for you
I saw these and was hesitant. I didn't see any grip on them. Preferred the look of the EH500 as it appears to have grip on the flat side. Not sure which way they spin when not in use though.
It might actually be best for him to stick to flats at this point. He is primarily joining me on road / trail rides (right now 2 /week of up to 2hours each - likely increasing as time progresses ) and then short jaunts where he would want flats (/week?). Any recommendations for flats that wouldn't be out of place on an endurance road bike? I could get him swapped to clipless over the winter riding on the trainer

Thanks for your thoughts!
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I really like these for urban traffic situations. Shinano XT PD-T8000:

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My first clipless pedals were the shimano eh500 and I still have them on my family tandem.

They were my wife's first too.

Never gave me any trouble. Easy to learn (never fell) and nice looking.

https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/produ.../PD-EH500.html

edit: I had them on a Salsa Vaya for a while and dont think they would look out of place on an endurance road bike.

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Old 07-07-20, 09:27 AM
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the magnetic ones are platform pedals otherwise.. you wear what ever shoes you like, then..
I passed through the spud pedal phase.. Im JRA around town now..
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Old 07-07-20, 10:02 AM
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I like the Shimano M520 pedals, they are double sided and compatible with bike shoes that you can walk in.
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Old 07-07-20, 10:34 AM
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Thanks. I'm thinking his choice - assuming he goes for SPD will be the EH500 or T8000. Both look to have ok grip on the flats when they are needed, and it looks like he should be able to get both here relatively quickly.
Out of curiosity are there any issues with shoe compatibility with these - other than obviously needing SPD cleats? I note the EH500 recommend CT or MT (city touring/mountain touring) Shimano shoes. He has Shimano ME shoes (enduro/trail) that lean a little more in appearance to road shoes.
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I would look at the Shimano offerings, they have some very inexpensive pedals to real expensive.

I think the Shimano M324 is a great pedal for the money; or if they want a flat pedal on one side with removable screws to help with the foot grip on the flat side would be the Shimano PD EH500.
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Old 07-08-20, 09:28 AM
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Thank-you for all your help.
I think he has (or will) be ordering the PD EH500.
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