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This review is from: Shimano PD-M324 Pedals 2014 (Sports)
In a multi-bike, multi-user, multi-purpose household, these pedals allow casual and more serious biking without time spent fiddling around swapping pedals. The flat side is fine for casual runs to the shops while the clip side helps on longer rides when you have your bike shoes on. I have an MTB with the double-sided plastic clips, and these metal ones are SO much better.
Obviously, only one side has the clip, so if you are constantly on and off the bike but trying to clip in, this will be frustrating. But I don't see that as an issue.
If this is your first set of clip-ins, back off the tension to nothing, then tighten three "clicks" put on your special SPD shoes and find a spot where you can lean against something (a picnic table is handy) then clip each foot in and out at least 50 times. That's right, 50 times. 100 times would be better. If you just get on and ride with these, chances are good you will fall over!
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Initial post: 2 Sep 2013 17:55:21 BDT
N. Gallacher says:
Hi Mate how's it going?
I'm new to all this SPD chat, but the more I read, the more I'm getting the impression that this is the way forward - do they really make that much difference? I use my bike for general road riding, but also take it to a proper track that has been built for the commonwealth games in Glasgow - worth upgrading? I like the idea of having the option of "normal" shoes for quick spins - up to birds/shops etc, but also with shoes that clip in for more serious riding. Are these the ones then would you say?
Thanks for your help man :)
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2013 20:01:40 BDT
It feels odd to ride without them now. It does depend on how and where you ride, but these dual-use pedals are sort of the best of both worlds. If you do try them, keep in mind you'll need SPD (not SDPD-SL) shoes (two holes, not three) to match. Shimano make some inexpensive ones (they run small and narrow so order a larger size) starting about £50 on special. Adjust the clipping force (the pedals have a small allen-head screw with "+ -" marked) to three clicks up from zero. The usual suggestion - which I agree with wholeheartedly - is to find a safe convenient place to "clip in" (find something to hang onto) and then clip in and out 50 times with each foot. You rotate your ankle out to unclip, and after 50 repetitions, you will have "muscle memory" and it will be second nature. I've never fallen over and only come close once or twice when distracted or surprised (probably would have fallen off regardless :-) There is another pedal - the A-530, which is similar, with a less substantial "normal" side. This is good for a touring bike or a hybrid/off-road bike where you might want to ride unclipped for a while, although normally riding cliped in. Enjoy!
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