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by Iron Sharpens IronfromGreat idea, bad productI am, as it says above, an avid cyclist. I have a 10 mile commute that I, regardless of weather, complete everyday. I also spend my off days bike touring through Europe and its varying climates. So, here is the rub. These pedals are excellent. They are great for my commute because I can jump my bike with whatever shoe I have handy and head off with no worries. Alternatively, when a large training ride our a tour looms ahead I could clip in and really feel the benefits of a more efficient stroke... But then came the rust. After 3 months of use even with a daily wipe down and proper, covered storage of my bike both at work and at home I still had rust start to develop on these pedals. Nicks caused by small stones my have caused the original points of rust on the front and now I have difficulty clipping in because the clip points have begun rusting around the edges as well. This is a great product for the fair weather rider but for any serious commuter looking to get the best of both worlds you had better look again.
Date published: 2008-11-15
Rated 2out of5
by axoplasmfromNot maintainableI put a pair of M324s on my commuter bike. They work as advertised, I could click into the SPD side when I was wearing bike shoes, but I had a flat platform for quick trips to the grocery store.
My experience using them was that the cleats tended to rotate to the top, convenient if I was wearing my bike shoes but uncomfortable if I wasn't.
I got about 2 years of use out of my pair of M324s until the spindle on one pedal froze. I have had this happen with other SPD pedals, but usually after several years of hard use (not 2 years of casual commuting). In fact, I still have my first pair of SPD pedals (M505), almost 10 years after I bought them!
But no worries: with the right tools I have serviced other SPD-compatible pedals. You just remove the lock nut and bearing cone, grease & replace the bearings. This isn't possible with the M324. The lock nut requires a special tool to remove (although you can do it with a small flathead and lots of banging) ... but the cone nut behind that requires a special bit -- regular torque wrench bits won't work (their walls are too thick). The cost to buy these tools or have my local shop service it rivaled the price of new pedals!
I find these pedals are overpriced for their poor quality and difficulty of service.
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 3out of5
by GeostationaryfromUseful for TouringI installed these pedals on my touring bike so I can clip in for longer distances, but use street shoes for commuting or short trips around town. The pedals work well, but they are rather heavy (not particularly a big consideration for loaded touring). This is not the pedal to go with if you have a serious road bike and really want something both light and effective.
Date published: 2009-01-09
Rated 3out of5
by NadzfromOK, but they rust.These pedals are basically fine, but they leak grease out the axle bushing for the first 500 miles. This
eventually stops. They still work well after 6000 miles, but they have started to rust.
Date published: 2009-09-12
Rated 3out of5
by ecuryan21fromGood Transitional PedalThis is a good transitional pedal into full-on eggbeater clip-ins. The platform was there to ensure confidence when the climb was a bit rough. The clips were secure enough yet allowed for quick painless release. However, due to the size of the pedal, you have the same problems encountered from full platforms. This clunky pedal catches rocks/roots throughout rotation in tight single track riding. All in all, a good starter but if your wanting the next level, this clearly isn't it.
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 4out of5
by Jeremy BellfromGood Pedals, But Not For MeThese pedals are great for what they are. I had them on my commuter bike for about a week and then decided to get the spd520a instead since I rarely ride without clips. They were much lighter and gave a sleeker look. I you do a good 50/50 with regular shoes and bike shoes, these would be great for you.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 4out of5
by JD OFBikerfromShimano M324 SPD PedalsAs an OF (Old Fart) newer biker I was more than a little leery of making the transition to clips. Has been generally unproblematic getting used to clipping in and the ever so important remembering to get unhooked in a timely fashion. No doubt the embarrassing "tip-over" is still in my future, but so far so good. Having the dual nature is great when I'm riding with the grandkids and sneakers.
Date published: 2013-07-17
Rated 4out of5
by Alex A.fromGood entry into the world of clipless.Great pedal for clipless beginners, or for those who sometimes ride in regular shoes. Clips can be loosened to the point where clipping in/out is nearly effortless, which is a great confidence booster.
Heavy and large (watch those tight turns!) for sure, but a great way to start.
Date published: 2007-09-13
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