Shimano A530 SPD Single Sided Touring Pedals
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Top Features of the Shimano A530 SPD Single Sided Touring Pedals
Ideal pedal for recreational riders wanting to commute or tour.
- Serviceable cup and cone bearings add to long life of the pedals
- Weight (g): 383
- Cleats Included
- Float (°): 6
- Use: Road, Commuting
Combines SPD mechanism on one side and a concave stable platform pedal body on the other, you can ride with cleats or normal shoes. Adjustable cleat tension means you can start off with loose tension for extra easy engagement and release, and turn up the tension as you progress.
Uses the SH-51 Cleats
About the Shimano brand
Shimano are the makers of the world's most well known cycle component brand. Established in 1921 when the first cycle freewheel was forged. Shimano produce drivetrains, wheels, pedals, shoes, cycling clothing and pretty much every Shimano cycle accessory you can think of! Famous for their top end products ridden by the pro's, Dura-Ace and XTR, which cover both road and MTB's. At Shimano, they're doing everything they can to respond to heightened environmental concerns. Shimano are proud to be a producer of bicycle components that help people to enjoy outdoor sports and interact with nature through healthy non-polluting activities. In their 87 plus years of existence Shimano have accumulated a wealth of technology and product development and expertise that serves as the driving force behind their continually evolving product line.
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Magazine reviews for Shimano A530 SPD Single Sided Touring Pedals
Review from Cycling Plus
Shimano's M324s have always been a popular touring an commuting pedal. The new A530s work on a similar principle. The single-sided SPD offers a very broad platform - ideal for leisure shoes, which typically have more flexible soles than conventional race-shoes, while the flat side means you can also use the flat side with normal trainers for heading down to the pub, or as a back-up if your SPD's fail while on tour. There's adjustment in the spring tension of the SPD mechanism, so those new to the wonders of clipless pedals can slowly build up confidence, though I found there's a bit less float in the design - perhaps an issue for those with knee complaints. Cup and cone bearings ensure a long service life - we've been racking up touring and commuting miles on ours without any problems.
A simple, light pedal that will suit leisure riders and those new to clipless riding.
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I find rotating the heel away offer less resistance though
I wish I had bought these with my TriCross instead of full SPD's. For me a brilliant pedal which allows me to use my one bike for more than one purpose.
Yes they are a good first SPD pedal but I guess it depends on what your main cycling purpose is?
Road cycling there is prob no point as you would very quickly want full SPD.
Touring, allows you a backup if your cleat breaks and you can still cycle to the pub in your flip flops in the evening.
I have the standard cleats that came with the pedals fitted on a pair of Keen Arroyo Pedal cycling sandals.
There are detailed instructions in the packaging for bike fitting and cleat adjustment. There are also plenty of youtube videos on pedal fitting. Each pedal is specific for the left and right side and will only screw into the correct side because the left pedal is reverse threaded (if I remember correctly, i.e the right pedal tightens clockwise but the left pedal tightens anticlockwise).
I recommend a pedal spanner for the job - you wont use it often but saves any inconvenience. The pedals need to be firmly tightened but not overtightened (you dont want to seize them on) - just need to apply a little common sense.
The installation was very easy to do.
It's simply a pedal which allows you to choose whether to wear normal shoes or cleated shoes.
The pedals will also accept the multi-release Shimano cleats.
This also applies to the A520 pedals
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