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jareed58 10-22-14 08:35 PM

SPD/Platform pedals?
 
The SEARCH did not understand my query, so I'll ask here. What are the pros and cons to the dual pedals SPD on one side and platform on the other. Seems, on the surface, to be a great idea, especially for us beginners at Mountain biking. I have SPD pedals to install but, I am waiting to get some more experience on trails. Only been at the Mountain Biking for about 3 weeks. Been in a few situations, were being clipped in would have been painful, to say the least. Any suggestions for the transition to SPD pedals?

beatlebee 10-23-14 06:02 AM

I think that anyone with at least reasonable dexterity will get used to SPD quickly and really have no need for platforms, unless, you want to just tool around on the bike in regular shoes. Even then, I used to ride Speedplay Frogs and had no issue riding them in regular sneakers. (even on a fixed gear!)

mulveyr 10-23-14 06:29 AM


Originally Posted by jareed58 (Post 17241392)
The SEARCH did not understand my query, so I'll ask here. What are the pros and cons to the dual pedals SPD on one side and platform on the other. Seems, on the surface, to be a great idea, especially for us beginners at Mountain biking. I have SPD pedals to install but, I am waiting to get some more experience on trails. Only been at the Mountain Biking for about 3 weeks. Been in a few situations, were being clipped in would have been painful, to say the least. Any suggestions for the transition to SPD pedals?

Other than a little bit of weight, there's no particular downside to SPD/Platform pedals.

I use them on my fat bike in winter--when I'm on icy patches I swap to the platform side.

Zephyr11 10-23-14 08:49 AM

Cons: Platform side sucks compared to a real pinned platform pedal; Murphy's Law says the wrong side will be up when you need to clip in quickly
Pros: None that I can think of

tk1971 10-24-14 11:27 AM


Originally Posted by Zephyr11 (Post 17242414)
Cons: Platform side sucks compared to a real pinned platform pedal; Murphy's Law says the wrong side will be up when you need to clip in quickly
Pros: None that I can think of

+1

For SPD, remember to ditch the uni-directional cleats and buy the multi-directional ones.

Wanderer 10-24-14 12:34 PM

Cons - none that I can think of

Pros - they work!

I have 324s and 530s, and they both work very well


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