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Pedals - Normal and clipless combined?

Old 07-31-09, 11:52 AM
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Pedals - Normal and clipless combined?

I use my road bike for commuting to work in traffic conditions during the week Which is when I don't want shoes that clip to the pedals.

I do however want my feet attached to the peddles when I blast around on the weekends. At the moment I just have a normal pedal cage that I put on/take off when needed but this is a pain!

is there a practical solution to my problem?

*Should I just get two different pedals and switch them round all the time? how easy are they to switch?

*What are these Road bike SPD pedals like - the ones with a clip on one side and a normal plate on the other.

*I have also been looking at the mountain Bike SPD pedals, where the clip mechanism is reassessed on both sides of the pedal so you can wear normal shoes as well as cleets. Are these suitable for road bikes?

Any advice appreciated.
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Old 07-31-09, 11:59 AM
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I had the same issue at one point and yes, I used the Shimano (545's I believe they were) SPD pedals that had the mechanics recessed into the the "regular" pedal.

I also use SPD cleats on my road bike so I can just use the same shoes on my MTB as well.
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Old 07-31-09, 12:11 PM
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The ones with platforms on one side and SPD on the other work, but I found it better to just go clipless all the time, even in traffic. Having to find the correct side of the pedal after each stop turned out to be a PITA.
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Old 07-31-09, 12:26 PM
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I use and like the SPD A-530 pedals. They have a true large cast aluminum platform on one side and a SPD mechanism on the other.
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Old 07-31-09, 12:29 PM
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Check out the Speedplay pedals. They have a non-clip platform that can be attached very easily.
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Old 07-31-09, 12:56 PM
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Or walkable cycling shoes

Originally Posted by tatfiend View Post
I use and like the SPD A-530 pedals.
+1.

I'm planning on a cycling trip to Italy (thanks FatCyclist.com!) and someone strongly suggested I get touring shoes that can walk on cobblestones. I swapped out my regular road pedals/shoes for the A-530 for my daily commute to work.

The A-530 have a flat surface, but I use the cleat side because I wear my cycling shoes (SH-MT41G) all day. They are walkable and comfortable enough.
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Old 09-08-09, 07:20 PM
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I was thinking your thoughts about regular pedal on one side and the ability to use clips on the other. I found one at Nashbar. Nashbar Highlander Mountain Bike Pedals Item # NS-HLP and reasonably priced. I will be using this on my road bike, riding on paved roads only and riding for exercise and joy of cycling. I am also retired.
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Old 09-09-09, 12:01 AM
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Go full clipless. Double sided. There are double sided SPDs with platform cage surrounds, if you absolutely have to ride with street shoes some days. SPD is great for commuting and works fine in traffic.I start/stop more quickly with clipless than I ever did with platforms.

I've actually missed/slipped off the pedal a few times even in dry weather with platforms. Never happens with clipless because I always know exactly what position the pedal is in without having to look. Just takes practice.
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Old 09-09-09, 12:37 AM
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I ride in street shoes on top of my SPD-SL's without issue.
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Mallet Cs do well for me. A nice large platform for whatever shoes you're wearing (a stiff-soled sandal works just fine) and eggbeater centers for SPD cleats for rides without too much traffic.
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Funny u mention the. Other day I ordered shimano m540 pedals and they came with a platform on one side. I thought they were the wrong pedal until my friend told me it's uk law to sell pedals with reflectors so a platform is atached to me side.

I commute on my road bike with these and find them much better than anythng else I've tried (road pedals, normal pedals).
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Old 09-09-09, 06:35 AM
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I used the Shimano M324s for commuting. Platform on one side and SPD on the other. I really like them because I don't have to try to clip in when I'm starting across an intersection or starting up from a stop. I can wait until I get to cruising speed to clip in.
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Old 09-14-09, 07:53 PM
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I did a test ride on my new pedals, platform on one side and clipless on the other. Engaging the second pedal to the cleats in my shoes is a distraction for me because I have to look down to see if the cliped side is up and sometimes I have to flip the pedal more than once so the clip side is up. For this reason I am going for the full clipless pedal, clips on both sides.
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Old 09-14-09, 08:28 PM
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I use my look style pedals as platforms when I needa run out or don't want to carry my road shoes. No problems yet.
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Old 09-14-09, 10:23 PM
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Wife uses the Shimano SPD on one side, platform on the other and loves them. She rarely rides without the spd shoes, but she likes the versitility when she has to pick up the kids from school and doesn't want to change out her shoes for a 10 min ride.
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Old 09-15-09, 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Pwood28 View Post
Check out the Speedplay pedals. They have a non-clip platform that can be attached very easily.
x2. Speedplay offers platform adapters that can fit onto Zero, Light Action, and X-Series pedals. http://www.speedplay.com/index.cfm?f...oid=Platformer
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I think you need a second 'weekend' bike!!
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Old 09-15-09, 08:37 AM
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The Exa pedal



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Old 09-15-09, 10:33 AM
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I used Campus Forte's for a while, they were pretty good. Inexpensive, a little heavy, but a decent pedal.
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Old 09-15-09, 10:45 AM
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I always figured the bigger platforms of look and time style pedals would be fine for riding on in shoes

I ride in street shoes on my onzas (although if the sole is thin, it is uncomfortable)
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Old 09-15-09, 11:00 AM
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try crank bros pedals. I have them and use them with mountain bike shoes so the cleat is recessed - easy to walk in.
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Old 09-15-09, 11:32 AM
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In addition to the things already mentioned, I saw this blog entry a while back:
http://thehubbikecoop.blogspot.com/2...-gadgetry.html



Apparently they make is simple and quick to switch which pedals are on your bike. They look really interesting.
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