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Old 02-06-10, 10:29 AM
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Shimano PD A520 pedals

I am currently using the Shimano M424 pedal. I am also using Shimano MTB shoes. I have been getting hot spots with this set up. Mostly when using my Cross Check on the road, about 30 mins into a flat ride around Long Beach.

(When I use my mountain bike with similar type pedals and the same shoes, I only get the foot irritation on extended climbs. I think that's because of the constantly changing terrain.)

For you 520 owners, would it be worth it to get the A520 pedal? It seems to have a larger platform, but I can't tell if getting this pedal will make any difference.



https://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...e-pd_road.html

https://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont..._mountain.html
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Old 02-06-10, 10:39 AM
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I have bikes with these SPD mtn pedals: 520's, XT's, and A520's.
I would never buy the A520's again.
They have *no* advantage over the others, but have these annoyances:

- When you want to clip in, they are never in the same position twice,
so you *always* need to look down and nudge them around with your toe.

- You can't use them with a pair of booties I bought because the aluminum
perimeter contacts the sole of the bootie, preventing clipping in.
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Old 02-06-10, 11:00 AM
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Have you tried moving your cleat back? This can be a big cause as well as soft soles with M type shimano pedals. If your running quality shoes than you might try this if you haven't already.
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Shim-thanks for the giving me some reasons to stick to my current pedals.
Kyakdiver- I have tried the cleat back. Worked for a while but still had some foot pain over time. I think I might have to get some stiffer shoes.

This is my current shoe:
https://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...2L.-type-.html
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You might want to try a set of $9 metatarsal inserts from the drug store. They are marketed to women to relieve the pain of wearing high heels. Ironically, my stiff carbon soled shoes needed these, while my cheap Shimano MT31s are fine
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You might give the A530s a look. I have a pair on my tourer, and I absolutely love them. If my spd side starts giving me grief, I flip over to the platform side for a while. Also nice for around town (I used to take bike shoes and dress shoes to work every day). When touring, I can do short errands on the bike wearing the flip flops I carry to swap out of my bike shoes. Comfortable pedals, easy to locate which side you need to use without looking down. Nearly maintenance free.
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Old 02-08-10, 07:26 PM
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I have them on a road bike and I like them well enough.
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