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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)

9 comments

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cdamian [156 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I wonder how well they work with my Powertap P1 pedals.

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ThatBritishBloke [29 posts] 2 weeks ago
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cdamian wrote:

I wonder how well they work with my Powertap P1 pedals.

You use your PowerTap equipped bike to go shopping? Does it have a basket too?

Just askin'  3

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barongreenback [92 posts] 2 weeks ago
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How can you post a review without showing a photo of them attached to the pedals?!?

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Simon E [3076 posts] 1 week ago
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The SPD version looks very much like Shimano's own SM-PD22, which you can get for under a tenner.

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DaveE128 [904 posts] 1 week ago
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barongreenback wrote:

How can you post a review without showing a photo of them attached to the pedals?!?

My thoughts exactly. At the moment I have no idea how they fit into the pedals, or what shape pedal platform is actually provided. I'm left in some doubt whether the tester really used them!

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ChasP [16 posts] 1 week ago
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I don't think it's the reviewer's fault, a quick google found this image https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQikJcQ2eafBsEd1Imj...  from Roadcc that seems to be missing.  Seeing how they fit underneath I can imagine the bottom of the pedals getting scuffed by your shoes and the grip is not where you want it, also reflectors are at the front. Poor design so no thanks.

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Jeffmcguinness [38 posts] 1 week ago
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ChasP wrote:

 also reflectors are at the front. Poor design so no thanks.

Surely if the image is correct and these flip your pedals then the reflector is at the rear?

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elrick [5 posts] 1 week ago
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Agree pretty poor not to show a photo of them actually on a pedal.... All is revealed on this 50 second video 

 

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The _Kaner [1133 posts] 1 week ago
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deja vu...been here before