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  1. #1
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    Clipless touring pedals

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    For all of you who use clipless pedals on your touring bike, what works for you?

    I am trying to decide between the Shimano SPD pedals (M530) with and without (M520 or M540) the platforms.

    On my current road bike I have Look Keos and I love them but I wanted to go to SPD on the touring bike so I can wear shoes I can walk around in easily.

    TIA for your thoughts!
    Leah
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    2009 Surly LHT
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  2. #2
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    I have 520s on both mountain bikes and my commuter. They're cheap, durable, and work well. I've never really felt the need for the platforms, but I also never wear street shoes to ride. If I did, I might lean towards the 530s.

  3. #3
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    I have 520s. I wore some Keen Commuter shoes on tour last year and didn't need any other shoes.

  4. #4
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    Thanks ladies - that helps me feel that I am on the right track
    Leah
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    2012 Trek Madone 5.2 WSD C
    2009 Surly LHT
    "I thought of that while riding my bicycle."
    ~ Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity

  5. #5
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    I ride the shimano A530's and the DH has the 520. I like the 530's, sometimes I will clip out and flip my pedal and ride a ways unclipped. I also like never having to think about what shoes I have on. With my tendon issues,having the option has sure been nice.
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  6. #6
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    My shoes. I used them on a 600k ride (a randonneurs brevet) last june couldn't be more happy. They are very confortable. I'm using one number up of my real number because I need to apply insoles.
    Ride safe and have fun.

  7. #7
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    I'm chicken with clipless so I use the Shimano click r's. I like them because they are good for commuting with reflectors built in. They are not too bad to use as platform pedals in a pinch too.

    Shoes wise, I have a pair of pearl izumi shoes that I love - so comfy to walk in off the bike https://shop.pearlizumi.com/product....color_code=223
    Last edited by Kirsty2715; 07-15-2013 at 11:39 PM.

  8. #8
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    M545s would fit the bill: SPDs with a bit of a platform. I have them on my CX bike. They're kind of hard to find, though.
    http://www.shimano.com/publish/conte..._mountain.html
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  9. #9
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    I have the 520's on both my hybrid and road bike. Works fine for me. Although I have both road shoes and mountain bike shoes, I like that I can use my MTB shoes on both bikes...especially if I think I'm going to be walking up a hill that day.

    Rosanna
    Last edited by DocZan89; 07-18-2013 at 06:35 AM.
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