Shimano PD-A530 Sport Dual-sided Pedal

Shimano PD-A530 Sport Dual-sided Pedal

Shimano PD-A530 Sport Dual-sided Pedal
@ If you use one bike for lots of different activities, the Shimano PD-A530 is the pedal for you. One side of the pedal features a wide, slightly concave platform for use with street shoes — perfect for impromptu trips to the grocery store and other informal joyrides. The other side of the pedal is a fully featured SPD-specific clip interface that provides extra efficiency and security for more intense types of riding. Includes one pair of two-bolt SPD cleats.The versatile Shimano PD-A530 SPD Road Dual Platform Bike Pedal is an ideal choice for around-town cycling. An SPD cleat on one side lets you clip in when you leave the house for your 40-minute morning bike commute, while the platform side lets you hop on with your regular shoes for a quick coffee run. Features
Aluminum and steel materials SPD and platform cleat types Adjustable float, entry, and release 383-gram weight Chromoly spindle with steel pedal body Warranty
This Shimano product includes a limited one-year m

  • Includes cleats
  • For sport/multi-purpose
  • Flat platform on one side, and SPD on the other

List Price: $ 99.99

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  1. 316 of 321 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good pedal, excellent price, June 16, 2011
    By 
    A. Altman (Washington, DC) –
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    This review is from: Shimano A530 SPD Pedals (Sports)
    I bought this from Amazon, having never purchased cycling gear from Amazon before, because Amazon had by far the best price on the product. The pedal is exactly as I expected based on reviews, for better and for worse. I’ll go over the pros and cons.

    Pros:
    (1) Very inexpensive for the functionality you’re getting – flat pedal for commuting or casual rides, SPD pedal for longer rides.
    (2) Relatively light weight (380g on my scale), much lighter than most mountain bike-specific SPD pedals, which until recently were your only choice for a dual-sided pedal (for example, the Shimano PD-M324 Clipless/Clip Pedals).
    (3) The pedals look very sleek.
    (4) The bearings are much better than the inexpensive pedals I had been using before on my commuter. The “spinup”, for lack of a better term, requires much less effort. This may be both a combination of weight (these are much lighter than many metal platform pedals), as well as the bearings.

    Cons:
    (1) The platform side is quite slick, as others have mentioned. I bought the pedals despite knowing this because my prior pedals, which were studded, were ruining the soles on my work shoes. These pedals will not damage shoes, but at the same time, offer little grip. That’s not such a problem with sneakers that have grippy soles, but with flat-soled shoes, you really have to be careful about how much pressure you put on the pedal and can’t easily stand up while pedaling. In addition to the slickness of the platform, the size of the platform also contributes, as it is much narrower than a standard flat pedal, so if you’re not careful, your foot can slip off the edge, not just the front or back. This is a trade-off for a sleek-looking, functional SPD pedal.
    (2) The clip-in side ships at a default tension that is far too tight, even for experienced riders. Anyone new to riding an SPD-style pedal should immediately adjust the tension to the opposite extreme to get a feel for using them. At default tension, they are uncomfortably hard to get out of (and I have 15 years of experience on Shimano’s SPD pedals, dating back to the M535, released in 1995).
    (3) I purchased the black pedals because they matched my black bike better, but as expected, the paint on the platform chips off easily. This is especially true when using it with SPD cleats, which can tear up the paint very quickly if you’re using the platform side momentarily while riding.

    Overall, I’m very satisfied with the pedals. They offer a lot of performance for the price. Just be aware of the slickness of the platform if you intend to ride with dress shoes, the problem with the default tension, and the issue with the black paint chipping.

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  2. 88 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic Pedal, Great Design!!, December 26, 2011
    By 
    Markus

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    This review is from: Shimano A530 SPD Pedals (Sports)
    Have been riding MTB for about 4 months and wanted to go clipless due to all benefits I heard about as well as to have the flexibility to use a platform while learning some basic trials tricks such as wheelies, etc.

    (Pros)
    1. Light
    2. Easy to clip in and out (Very well designed mechanism)
    3. Adjustable tension
    4. Platform side for daily commuting
    5. Substantial increase in climbing power (Would apply to any clipless pedal)
    6. Mechanism does not clog up with dirt and functions well even after hours of trail riding (Possibly due to the slick coating)
    7. Look great
    8. Durable – (Several strong impacts on rocks and pedal has not deformed or bent)
    9. Tension screw clicks during adjustment which allows you to accurately gauge the level of tension. (Helpful in remembering your ideal setting and matching tension for both pedals)

    (Cons)
    1. Slick coating
    2. Larger than a standard clipless

    (Additional observations)
    1. When removing original pedals keep in mind one pedal is loosened counterclockwise and the other clockwise.
    2. Tension adjustment. (Turn the screw to the least tension (-) position and then turn it 4 clicks towards the (+)) This seems to provide enough tension so your shoes stay clipped in and are easy to release when you need to.
    3. The A530 comes with a set of 2 clips

    The Shimano A530 is a PHENOMENAL pedal, perfect for those who want the increased performance of clipless with the flexibility to switch to a platform!!
    DEFINITELY Recommend!!

    ** 06.29.2012 – Have now been riding for 6 months, Many strong impacts, dirt, mud, and these pedals have not bent and work Flawlessly!

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