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Which mountain bike pedals for a road bike?

Old 02-19-18, 11:24 AM
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Which mountain bike pedals for a road bike?

I want to get my wife in some clipless pedals but she is semi-intimidated. I was thinking about getting her a set of mountain bike pedals with the SPL system. This way, she can ride without clipping in around town for errands and can work up to clipping in on longer jaunts. I honestly would like to have a set up like this too. I hate duckwalking all over the place when we stop for lunch or refreshments...Anyway, what specific pedal do y'all recommend? I want decent quality but don't need the Dura Ace mountain bike equivalent.
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Get the ones that have SPD on one side and regular platform on the other.
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Another vote for "Get the ones that have SPD on one side and regular platform on the other."

Even though I nearly always clip in, snow and ice got into my cleat when I had to stop and change a tire yesterday. I used the platform side until I was able finally get the ice dislodged. I was doing a timed event and was behind due to the tire change.
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I don't like "combo" pedals with the clip on one side and a flat on the other-- the side you want never seems to be the side facing up. I prefer a walkable shoe, like any of the Shimano Click'r shoes, and any of the SPD pedals, like M520s. As you wife starts doing more and more miles, you can get her shoes with a stiffer sole, as in my experience, ANY shoe will work for 20-25 miles. With regular SPD pedals, you can also get platform adapters that clip into the pedals allowing you to use them as flat pedals.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Get the ones that have SPD on one side and regular platform on the other.
+1. I recently got the A530s and am happy. Easy to clip in but you can wear regular shoes if you'd like. The platform side isn't terribly grippy, but I don't think she going to be laying down enough watts for it to be a problem.
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Originally Posted by yarbrough462 View Post
I want decent quality but don't need the Dura Ace mountain bike equivalent.
I was going to recommend Shimano XTR trail pedals, but they are the Dura Ace mountain bike equivalent. You can find them for less than $80, and, unlike most cases, the XTR really is superior. I've tried a lot of pedals in the last 5 years, and these are the most comfortable, and they are easy to get in and out of, even with restricted range of motion in one of my ankles due to a previous injury.
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Go with basic Shimano SPDs. I think they are like the 520s or 530s. They're cheap. Last forever. And you can adjust the tension to make them very easy to disengage from.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I was going to recommend Shimano XTR trail pedals, but they are the Dura Ace mountain bike equivalent. You can find them for less than $80, and, unlike most cases, the XTR really is superior. I've tried a lot of pedals in the last 5 years, and these are the most comfortable, and they are easy to get in and out of, even with restricted range of motion in one of my ankles due to a previous injury.
Can you use those without clipping in? It looks like they aren't double sided?
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
+1. I recently got the A530s and am happy. Easy to clip in but you can wear regular shoes if you'd like. The platform side isn't terribly grippy, but I don't think she going to be laying down enough watts for it to be a problem.
It looks like those pedals are exactly what I need. Cheap too...
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Originally Posted by yarbrough462 View Post
Can you use those without clipping in?
Technically yes, in the same way that you can make a bike go forward by pushing on any style of pedal without clipping in. SPD pedals are pretty abysmal in that usage though, you end up with a really small and awkward contact, and it becomes slippery in the wet.

If you want to use Shimano clipless pedals as platform, I'd recommend either going with SPD pedals that have a platform side (like A530 or M324), or maybe go with SPD-SL road pedals (they work surprisingly well when used as platform).
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Old 02-19-18, 03:03 PM
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I use the Shimano 424 on my commuter. SPD on both sides plus a wide foot platform if I want to do errands in regular shoes.

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Been using double sided(both sides SPD) Shimano M520 for a few years before I switched;
no problems:
Another option to the clip-in 1 side/flat 1 side are platforms that can be put on/taken off at will:
https://www.google.com/search?q=plat...bih=1094&dpr=1
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Originally Posted by yarbrough462 View Post
Can you use those without clipping in? It looks like they aren't double sided?
They are double-sided, and I would not recommend using them without clipping in for any prolonged period, but if you are in a sketchy bit of a trail, you can unclip and still pedal. If you really want to have one side work as a platform pedal, you can put these in:



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Those will work with any 2-bolt SPD pedals, as far as I am aware. $12.

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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I was going to recommend Shimano XTR trail pedals, but they are the Dura Ace mountain bike equivalent. You can find them for less than $80, and, unlike most cases, the XTR really is superior. I've tried a lot of pedals in the last 5 years, and these are the most comfortable, and they are easy to get in and out of, even with restricted range of motion in one of my ankles due to a previous injury.
Have you tried the A600's, what was your experience with them? I am also looking at SPD pedals for my road bike, and XTR and A600 seem like the best bet. My feet are quite pronated while riding so I'd assume I need a bit of float. Not sure how much difference there is between them in this.

@yarbrough462 Make sure to get her the SH-56 cleats. They are easier for beginners to use than the standard SH-51's that come with the pedals.

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Have you tried the A600's, what was your experience with them? I am also looking at SPD pedals for my road bike, and XTR and A600 seem like the best bet. My feet are quite pronated while riding so I'd assume I need a bit of float. Not sure how much difference there is between them in this.

@yarbrough462 Make sure to get her the SH-56 cleats. They are easier for beginners to use than the standard SH-51's that come with the pedals.
I also have the A600 pedals. I use them on my old Bianchi road bike. I found them a wee bit harder to get in and out of. They also scratch really easily. The non-clip-in side is not suitable for riding on. They are basically road pedals for freaks like me that insist on riding with 2-bolt SPD cleats. I think they are marketed as "touring" pedals. As far as the pedal quality itself goes, they are quite good, and they look nice on my road bike with silver-colored cranks, etc.

I tried the SH-56 cleats. Admittedly, this was after 25 years of using the SH-51's or their equivalent, after I broke my ankle. I hated them, because I always seemed to pop out of them at the wrong time. This is an entirely idiosyncratic subjective impression, fwiw, but it did correlate with my tendency to pronate.

Here is a pic of my A600 pedals.


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I recently introduced my wife to clipping in with an old pair of campus pedals that I got from Performance years ago. Similar to the Shimano PD-M234s. She very nearly defied all cycling logic, and only had her first fall in them at one of the last traffic lights on the way home.
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I've had my eye on Funn Mamba One Side Clip MTB Pedals but never tried them
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Also Shimano PD-M324 SPD Dual Platform Pedal
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I'm getting Shimano PD-M530 pedals delivered at the end of this week. Platform and clips on both sides.
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I've got the Shimano PD-M530s on one of my bikes as well. They seem to take a little extra effort to snap in place when I go to clip in, even with the tension at a lower setting (but that could just be the newness as well). I found them very comfortable.


The Nashbar commuter pedal was very easy to transition into as my first introduction to the clipless system, FWIW.
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Thanks for all the replies. I went out tonight looking for a set of the a530s but ended up with a great deal on some Shimano PD-T8000. They should be perfect. I'll chime back in after a ride or two with the wife...

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I use VP VX Race pedals with Giro Republic road shoes with a walkable sole. I bought 3 sets of pedals when someone on ebay was selling them for $25. I only use them on my road bikes now, all my flat sole road shoes and pedals are in the closet forever. The VP's have a little extended platform on each side that does a nice job of giving extra support. I just had to trim the bottoms of the shoes a little because it was hard to clip in.



If you have SPD's and want to ride with regular shoes on occasion you don't need to buy platform pedals. Problem Solvers has a clip in platform that..... solves the problem. You bolt a cleat to them and snap them on. I tried some one sided Shimano platform's like someone posted above and when I was clipped in the sole of my MTB shoe hardly even made contact with it, it was a waste.



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I see Shimano makes some like the Problem Solvers and they're cheaper.

https://www.bicyclebuys.com/shimano-...kaAohEEALw_wcB
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If you have SPD's and want to ride with regular shoes on occasion you don't need to buy platform pedals. Problem Solvers has a clip in platform that..... solves the problem. You bolt a cleat to them and snap them on. I tried some one sided Shimano platform's like someone posted above and when I was clipped in the sole of my MTB shoe hardly even made contact with it, it was a waste.



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I see Shimano makes some like the Problem Solvers and they're cheaper.

https://www.bicyclebuys.com/shimano-...kaAohEEALw_wcB
This is great, had no idea something like that existed. Thanks for posting.
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If you have SPD's and want to ride with regular shoes on occasion you don't need to buy platform pedals. Problem Solvers has a clip in platform that..... solves the problem. You bolt a cleat to them and snap them on. I tried some one sided Shimano platform's like someone posted above and when I was clipped in the sole of my MTB shoe hardly even made contact with it, it was a waste.



I've used these and they are terrible. They're worse than riding on the platform with tennis shoes. The surface is slippery, the flat side flips over the moment you take your feet off them, and because clipless has float the platform squirms around under your feet.

I'd rather put tennis shoes directly on the clipless pedal than suggest someone use those. They seem like they'd work well but they don't.
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