I'm torn between more M530's OR......some PD-A600's! They'd look better on the bike and are lighter. But would it get annoying only having the clip on one side and stuff?
On a road bike, I'd doubt it matters, and the 600s will fall into a position that's cleat side up (or near enough) once they've had a bit of run-in. On a road bike you tend to stop and start a lot less often. on an mtb, starting off a technical section without your feet in is a recipe for disaster, but on a road bike you can mange fine until you get them in (you just have less power)
Of course, this is the perfect excuse to get proper road pedals - you can get adapters for SPD shoes (or a nice shiny new pair of shoes). Proper road pedals give you a much better connection with the bike, and a better power platform. They are also one sided.
Well I've used spd-sl's in the past as my dad uses them, but I didn't really find a difference other than I couldn't walk with those shoes :-P
So I was wanting to stick to SPDs I think.
Damn it, maybe I want road pedals now :-P
I have some PD-A600s on my road bike, partly because I came from mtbing and didn't want to buy a new pair of shoes, but also because I have used roadie cleats in the past and you end up having to walk around like a novice ice-skater.
The pedals are fine, you get used to the one-sidedness pretty quick, and the larger platform means less chance of 'hotspots', which I used to get on longer rides with the smaller mtb-style SPD pedals (and are the main reason to choose 'normal' roadie pedals/cleats).
Right I've gone for the A600's :-)
i'm not fussed about weight, but would like a grippy platform when not wearing spd shoes
ps. whoever offered me some spd shoes a few weeks ago, i'm still interested..
Looks like the A520 are the cheaper road pedal, look basically like 1 sided version of the m530s pretty much the same price but quite a bit lighter (and only 50g heavier than the A600).
BTW I have M530s and think they're a good improvemnet on the M520s but wouldn't recomment as a pedal to ride without spd shoes. You need the m424 or similar for that.
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