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Just put my deposit down on a Whyte Suffolk and trying to decide what pedals to get for it.

I have a pair of VP 133 combined SPD/flat pedals on my old bike and I know they may not be the best but I get on really well with them whether in my cycling shoes or any other footwear.

I was thinking this would be ideal for the new bike as I could use regular shoes during the week and SPDs at the weekend for fun stuff.

Looking around, I'm really not sure what to go for. It's either this style or flats... I'm already £200 over budget with the bike so don't want to go to a diffrent clipless system and get new shoes as well!

That said, I want to get something reasonably lightweight and efficient. Any thoughts?

Thanks for reading, James

Edit: If I do go for the combination SPDs, I'm not sure about the one sided (cleat on one side, flat on the other). Think I'd prefer the double sided option like I have now, but elsewhere people seem pretty scathing - what do you think?

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Ghostie [93 posts] 3 years ago
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Shimano A530s? About 30 quid. I think they include a set of SPD cleats too. Been looking at them myself, as I have an awful set of Wellgo pedals I'm using at the mo. I suppose if you like your current VP 133s, keep with those.

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userfriendly [610 posts] 3 years ago
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Ghostie wrote:

Shimano A530s? About 30 quid. I think they include a set of SPD cleats too.

They do.

That said, they're mountain bike pedals. Maybe that's just me, but for a road bike you should get road pedals & shoes.  26

Have a look at, err, Look. Or Time, the Xpresso 2 are reasonably cheap and popular.

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Ghostie [93 posts] 3 years ago
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userfriendly wrote:

That said, they're mountain bike pedals. Maybe that's just me, but for a road bike you should get road pedals & shoes.  26

Are they? Shimano and a number of retailers call them road touring pedals (PD-A530). Perhaps you are thinking of M530s, similar looking and retail at about 19 quid. Nevertheless, seem ideal for commuting if you want a double sided flat surface pedal for trainers, while using cleats for weekend stuff. There's also M324s. In my case though, I want them for my second bike (the first being a roadie with normal SPD SLs) as I don't like riding off road on bridleways, etc clipped in.

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Simon E [3040 posts] 3 years ago
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A530s are single-sided with no platform and wouldn't be my first choice for ease of use. The double-sided M520s are cheap, are the easiest to clip into and last ages, mine have survived their 5th winter of commuting.

If you want another set of VP133s or a pair with flats on one side then ignore the fashion sheep and buy what works for you.

If you later want to try a different pair then it won't break the bank.

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Sniffer [379 posts] 3 years ago
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Thought you might like the Whyte Suffolk. Let us know how it works out for you.

I commute on the A-530 pedals mentioned a couple of times. Work well for me. I think the issues of one sided pedals are overstated and you will get the hang of them very quickly.

Good luck with the new bike.

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Sniffer [379 posts] 3 years ago
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Thought you might like the Whyte Suffolk. Let us know how it works out for you.

I commute on the A-530 pedals mentioned a couple of times. Work well for me. I think the issues of one sided pedals are overstated and you will get the hang of them very quickly.

Good luck with the new bike.

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Sniffer [379 posts] 3 years ago
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Thought you might like the Whyte Suffolk. Let us know how it works out for you.

I commute on the A-530 pedals mentioned a couple of times. Work well for me. I think the issues of one sided pedals are overstated and you will get the hang of them very quickly.

Good luck with the new bike.

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Singletrack [17 posts] 3 years ago
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Thanks for the advice everyone.

I guess I will try the A-530. I think maybe the slight annoyance of having to flip them will be offset by a better grip on the non-SPD side.

They are notably cheaper on-line than the ones at my LBS, but I guess that's just typical on-line vs. retail.

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Forester [124 posts] 3 years ago
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Have always used Shimano SPDs for touring/general use and generally prefer double-sided, would recommend a bigger platform version and shopping around, some are cheaper in white, and although you are buying a decent bike it isn't a work of art so don't worry about the aesthetics! Go for the lightest you can stretch to.

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MKultra [393 posts] 3 years ago
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userfriendly wrote:
Ghostie wrote:

Shimano A530s? About 30 quid. I think they include a set of SPD cleats too.

They do.

That said, they're mountain bike pedals. Maybe that's just me, but for a road bike you should get road pedals & shoes.  26

Have a look at, err, Look. Or Time, the Xpresso 2 are reasonably cheap and popular.

Now you see I wouldn't describe a commuter as being something that is used the same way as a bike you are taking on the weekly club run. I mix it up, I ride my fixed or the cheapy fixed hybrid and the route takes in not only roads but towpaths, packhorse bridges and steps as well. It's very much like urban cyclocross and I find that SPD pedals and MTB shoes are a must and also far more practical for shopping on the way home. MTB race shoes are identical to most road shoes apart from the tread and pedal drilling anyway. I remain puzzled as to why people want to commute in road shoes that you can't do a cyclo cross carry in.

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Jimbonic [136 posts] 3 years ago
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I use M424s. They're a double sided SPD pedal. But, they have plenty of flat, if you want to use them with trainers. They're not quite as comfy as a proper flat. But, good enough for a trip to the shops / short commute.

I also use Shimano AM45 shoes, as they're reasonably comfortable to walk in.

Both last well and can cope with all sorts of conditions - I use them on and off road on SS MTB and fixed road bike.

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mooleur [537 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon E wrote:

The double-sided M520s are cheap, are the easiest to clip into and last ages, mine have survived their 5th winter of commuting.

+1 on those, I had some when I was commuting in LDN and they're handy as, nice that you don't have to faff, you're just click in and away!

Also they're ace because if you ever buy some of those commuting sneakery pump things (I had some for work they're brill!) they work very nicely with them, small profile  1

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Maggers [59 posts] 3 years ago
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+1 for the A-530. Suits me on a 20m+commute and pootling down to the shops at the weekend. I can't afford loads of systems so I fit them to my road bike at the weekend too. Yes I know it looks daft but they suited me fine on several 80m+rides.

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Sniffer [379 posts] 3 years ago
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Sniffer wrote:

Thought you might like the Whyte Suffolk. Let us know how it works out for you.

I commute on the A-530 pedals mentioned a couple of times. Work well for me. I think the issues of one sided pedals are overstated and you will get the hang of them very quickly.

Good luck with the new bike.

I realised on reading your comments I should have said that I ride A-520s rather than A-530s. Same principle applies though. The A-520s are unsuitable for riding without cleats, but are slightly sleeker.

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Singletrack [17 posts] 3 years ago
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Sniffer wrote:

Thought you might like the Whyte Suffolk. Let us know how it works out for you.

I commute on the A-530 pedals mentioned a couple of times. Work well for me. I think the issues of one sided pedals are overstated and you will get the hang of them very quickly.

Good luck with the new bike.

The Suffolk is wonderful. I took it out the day I got it for a gentle twenty miles and it was a joy to ride. True, I'm used to slogging up hills on a heavy old hybrid, but it seemed way easier than I expected. There's one particularly evil hill on that route which I was dreading, but halfway up I was changing up gears.

Thoroughly recommended.