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Verdict: 
Well-executed and surprisingly handy converters for short distance riding
Weight: 
82g
Pedal Dabs clipless to platform converters
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Pedal Dabs' clipless to platform converters are designed to clip in to your pedals, allowing you to ride short distances safely in street shoes. Made from rugged composites, there are two versions, depending on whether you are running Look or SPD systems. Our Look type has been tested on several Keo patterns, both bling and budget, with similarly pleasing results.

Attachment is very straightforward: flick the pedal over and introduce the pedal dab in with the platform up, ensuring it goes fully home. Now, flip your pedal over again. Hold the platform steady while pressing the rear section into the pedal using the heel of your hand – basically the same motion as you would use to engage a shoe cleat.

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To remove, simply reverse the process, although if you run your spring tension particularly high, they are designed to be prised off with the assistance of a small Allen key or flathead screwdriver.

PedalDabs clipless to platform converters - underside.jpg

PedalDabs clipless to platform converters - underside.jpg

The overall aesthetic reminded me of Look's very own 'Lego' pedal from the 80s, and yes, I have a pair of those somewhere... The profiles are sensible, wide enough to provide support to trainers right through to steel toes. Because they are no wider than their hosts' rear section, you can corner at your usual angles without grounding a pedal.

Their dimpled platforms also provide decent purchase with most sole types, even in the rain. Traditional leather-soled loafers are the one exception – I had a few heart-in-the-mouth moments on a two-mile loop. Otherwise, even riding a fixed, they're easily flicked into position, making for speedy getaways at the lights and feeling surprisingly rigid under moderate load.

> Check out our guide to the best clipless pedals

Tempo-wise, 12mph or thereabouts is realistic, fine for commuting 2-3 miles across town, running errands, or when checking gears or brakes on the road following a bike build, say, or a couple of days before a big ride/race.

Ultimately, they do exactly what it says in the blurb and they're well executed. I've found myself using them with increasing regularity – usually for checking adjustments/setups but with the odd post-office run thrown in, so they could prove a very shrewd buy in the longer term.

That said, their RRP of £19.95 is, in some respects, quite steep – I've known carpenters and similarly skilled trades to whip up their own takes on this concept from scrap wood. A cheap but cheerful set of SPD/flat hybrids can be had for similar money, which in my book is a better choice for regular commuting or pool bikes.

Verdict

Well-executed and surprisingly handy converters for short distance riding

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pedal Dabs clipless to platform converters

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Pedal Dabs says: "YOU GOT 2 SECONDS?

CONVERT CLIPLESS TO PEDAL DABS PLATFORMS

Any Shoes

No Cleats

Easy On/Off"

Simple but effective plug-ins that convert clipless pedals to platforms for short distance riding in street shoes.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Made from durable composites, there are different versions depending on whether you are using SPD/R and LOOK pattern systems.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Accurately made from seemingly durable composites.

Rate the product for performance:
 
6/10

Good for short distance riding in street shoes, though work best with trainer type/PU soles.

Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10

Seem durable so far.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
6/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
6/10

Fine on short journeys of a mile or two.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Made to a reasonable standard, convenient and quite useful, but then again £19.99 buys a budget set of dual-sided flat/SPD pedals, which in my view would be a better investment for regular short distance commuting.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Overall, the Pedal Dabs have proven surprisingly useful for quick rides in street shoes. Taking literally seconds to fit, I've used ours primarily for quick scoots around the block to check the setup of derailleurs, brakes and other adjustments. It's possible to do this just by flipping pedals over but these platforms give a bit more grip, which is welcomed. For rides of a mile or two they are absolutely fine but much longer and I'd be looking towards budget hybrid (platform/SPD) pedals.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Sturdy feel, quick fit.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Quite pricey.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? On balance, no.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Might be very useful to regular fettlers, but otherwise I'd suggest a budget set of hybrid platform/SPDs.

Use this box to explain your score

Surprisingly useful and seemingly well made, though I would be inclined to buy a set of budget platform/SPD pedals for regular utility/commuting duties.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 1m 81cm  Weight: 70kg

I usually ride: Rough stuff tourer based around 4130 Univega mountain bike frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)

20 comments

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DaveE128 [861 posts] 9 months ago
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Any chance of a photo of how these fit into the pedals?

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stevie63 [74 posts] 9 months ago
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Aargh, seriously you had one job. Take a picture on a set of pedals.

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The _Kaner [1075 posts] 9 months ago
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Not hard to find them on the interweb...

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The _Kaner [1075 posts] 9 months ago
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Theres more...

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The _Kaner [1075 posts] 9 months ago
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..and more

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gsavill90 [34 posts] 9 months ago
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What's the point? I've cycled from Brussels to Amsterdam with trainers on spd-sl pedals without any problems...

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jamtartman [58 posts] 9 months ago
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gsavill90 wrote:

What's the point? I've cycled from Brussels to Amsterdam with trainers on spd-sl pedals without any problems...

 

Thats nowt.   When I were a lad....

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davel [1242 posts] 9 months ago
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jamtartman wrote:
gsavill90 wrote:

What's the point? I've cycled from Brussels to Amsterdam with trainers on spd-sl pedals without any problems...

 

Thats nowt.   When I were a lad....

I share gsavill90's bewilderment. I'm not being facetious, but I'm not sure what problem this is trying to solve? What niche is it pitched at? Is it in case you ever lend a bike to a pal/partner in an 'emergency' or share a bike between clipless/flats users?

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PaulBox [644 posts] 9 months ago
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Have you never been sat in the garden on a summers afternoon and suddenly realise that you've run out of beer?

Rather than stick a pair of proper shoes on, you can just click these in place and ride down there in your trainers. You obviously don't want to risk slipping by just riding on your spd pedal as you'll probably be carrying a bottle of wine too...

TBH, I normally use an mtb to do this.

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fenix [609 posts] 9 months ago
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gsavill90 wrote:

What's the point? I've cycled from Brussels to Amsterdam with trainers on spd-sl pedals without any problems...

 

You can if youre sensible. Just dont try sprinting in them like I did once. Foot slipped off. Big ouchies.

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davel [1242 posts] 9 months ago
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@PaulBox: Yeah, me too - and my MTB has Spds. So, I'd either wear my fairly special commuting cleatey shoes or, I'd wear a normal pair of trainers with my Spds, which is feasible.

Just not sure what'd motivate a purchase... As the review says, a flip-sided pedal would seem your best bet if you kept running out of beer and really needed flats on your spd bike?

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vonhelmet [843 posts] 9 months ago
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Shimano A530s already exist.

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davel [1242 posts] 9 months ago
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Quite... as do M530s, M324s...

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StoopidUserName [295 posts] 9 months ago
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davel wrote:

@PaulBox: Yeah, me too - and my MTB has Spds. So, I'd either wear my fairly special commuting cleatey shoes or, I'd wear a normal pair of trainers with my Spds, which is feasible. Just not sure what'd motivate a purchase... As the review says, a flip-sided pedal would seem your best bet if you kept running out of beer and really needed flats on your spd bike?

flip flop pedals are the worst of both worlds - pull away from the lights at anything other than extremely leisurely and you're guaranteed to find the wrong side.

 

these would be great if they convert both sides of the spd, will google to check...

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bikebot [2120 posts] 9 months ago
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StoopidUserName wrote:
davel wrote:

@PaulBox: Yeah, me too - and my MTB has Spds. So, I'd either wear my fairly special commuting cleatey shoes or, I'd wear a normal pair of trainers with my Spds, which is feasible. Just not sure what'd motivate a purchase... As the review says, a flip-sided pedal would seem your best bet if you kept running out of beer and really needed flats on your spd bike?

flip flop pedals are the worst of both worlds - pull away from the lights at anything other than extremely leisurely and you're guaranteed to find the wrong side.

 

these would be great if they convert both sides of the spd, will google to check...

Yep, former user of m324 pedals and hated them. On a hunch (and finding them heavily reduced locally), I replaced them with a set of Shimano T400 (aka Click'R).  For the commuter/pootling bike they work really well.  Low tension spring is appropriate for urban use with lots of stopping and starting, and the big pedal means they're fine for short trips in most regular footwear. 

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Disfunctional_T... [173 posts] 9 months ago
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Shimano's higher end Click'R PD-T700 pedals are even sweeter. Dual-sided. Unfortunately it looks like Shimano has discontinued them.

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Plasterer's Radio [296 posts] 9 months ago
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These are better. Go to Amazon.

https://www.flypedals.com/

Any cleat type fit.

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John_Reed [9 posts] 9 months ago
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I'm probably the only one that find this idea genius..  1

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matthewn5 [1006 posts] 9 months ago
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Speedplay's Platformers do the same thing, and a lot neater.

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The _Kaner [1075 posts] 9 months ago
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Plasterer's Radio wrote:

These are better. Go to Amazon.

https://www.flypedals.com/

Any cleat type fit.

 

Once you've fiited those you can add straps..

https://www.flypedals.com/products/foot-straps

...so that your shoes are secured to your clipless pedals that have been converted to flat pedals...

wait a minute....