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  • Ideal for recumbents, commuters and recreational cyclists. the SPD compatible step-in system flips over to a concave, stable pedaling platform
  • Pedals feature durable chromoly spindles with 8mm Allen wrench mounts and low-maintenance sealed-bearing-cartridge axles
  • Includes Shimano SH51 cleats; also compatible with Shimano SH56 cleats, sold separately
  • Pedal require 4mm Allen wrench for cleat installation, 3mm Allen for tension spring adjustments and 15mm spanner for pedal installation, all available separately


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Best Use Road Cycling
Pedal Design Clipless / Platform
Cleat Design 2-hole
SPD Compatible Yes
Material(s) (Spindle) chromoly steel/(body) aluminum
Weight 383 grams
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go with the A530's Awesome Pedal My daily commute is 32 miles round trip year round (rain, sun, or snow) and then will cycle on top of that. I have used both the M324 (4,000 miles) and the A530's (2,500 miles). Personally go with the A530's they are 147 grams lighter than the M324 and they preform better than the M324. I have never had a problem clipping in or out with the A530's were as the M324 I diffidently have and do. Let alone the platform for the A530's is ROCK SOLID, no worries about getting stuck to it (feeling like you are clipped on to it) Let alone the components on the A530's hold up way better than the M324 even with some TLC after riding it for miles!
Date published: 2011-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really a very decent pedal Just did 50 miles with these pedals - very hilly ride, and then back into the city and through the streets. Rode clipped in with Specialized tour type shoes in the Park and in NJ, and on the platforms in the streets. I even reduced the tension in the springs to minimum and had no premature release riding hard in the hills. Nice stable feel in the clip, though would have liked having a wider platform to contact with the sole of the shoe. Very easy to clip into and out of. I commute during the week in the streets and thought it safer to have platforms for those times. This pedal is a very decent compromise
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good, though with one important drawback These offer some advantages over the less expensive Shimano M324 SPD pedal, but are deficient in one important respect. Both the M324 and the A530 pedals are "double sided", so both can be used with ordinary as well as cleated shoes. That makes them both good choices for casual riders, commuters and bike tourers. The A530 is around 15% more expensive, but compensates by being significantly lighter (383gms for A530 versus 530 grams for the M324), and offering a broader base on which the shoe rests. The key drawback of the A530 is that their smooth finish can make them slippery, especially when used with normal shoes in the wet. I've used both the silver and the black models of the A530. Both are equally prone to let a wet shoe slip. So I've reverted to the M324. They're tough and trouble free.
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sub Par These pedals don't do anything well. Clipping in is more difficult than the Shimano double sided. The angle of your foot has to be just right. Unclip ping is easy. The pedal surface is too small for a regular shoe. My foot (size12) tends to slip off. With cleated shoes the actual cleat creates a metal on metal surface which is even more slippery. But.....for frequent stops and starts, they perform ok. When I can stay clipped on the right, and then go a short distance, I can leave my left free to put down quickly, like in urban congestion. On the more open pavement, most other more specific pedals out perform these. I recommend these, with reservations.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Choice for Newbies to Clipless Just bought these yesterday, so haven't had a lot of experience with them, but I absolutely LOVE them so far!! I've always used regular pedals until now. The clipless pedal system is awesome & these are very light, easy to install. The biggest problem I had was learning to "clip in", but after I loosened the tension on the cleats, clipping in was a breeze. For someone who has never used this type of pedal system before, I had no problem adjusting to clipping out. I can definitely tell a difference in the efficiency of my pedaling. Also, nice to have the flat pedal side for use w/regular shoes.
Date published: 2011-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1st SPD pedals, a decent all around pedal. These took a few rides to get used to as my 1st set of SPD pedals. Been riding with toe clips for years. What I found most easy to clip back in after peddling on the platform side is to step off the pedal & let it rotate & the pedal will rotate to the clip side(it does not turn). Same thing for unclipping. I ride the platform side in stop & go situations & clip in on straightaways & on the street.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome pedals for my road bike I bought these pedals because I wanted to be able to use my road bike for urban/campus riding, but also use it for long rides when I want to use the clips. These pedals rock! Takes some getting used to for kicking them into the right orientation when you need a certain side, but it becomes second nature. I bought mine in black and they are great.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Still undecided on these I needed a new set of SPD compatible pedals for my road/commuting bike. I already have the M424 & M520 types on my commuter and my Mt bikes, and have used SPD's for about 5 years now. I've had these for about a month now, and I'm not very happy with them. 90% of the time I wear bike shoes (even for commuting) and to me, they're not as good as my other SPD pedals. They're not very well weighted - you'd expect with the size that the flat part would fall to the bottom and you could clip in easily. Not so. I pretty much have to look down every time (or prepare the pedal beforehand) before I clip in, unlike a proper 2 sided SPD. The upside is that the flat part is excellent when you aren't wearing SPD's - more comfortable than with the 2-sided M424 where you feel a "hump" in the middle of your shoe where the bindings are. To me, these pedals make more sense if you're going to be wearing non-SPD shoes 50-75% of the time. If you more often wear SPD's try the M424 style.
Date published: 2011-06-10
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I am a newbie and need advice! I am buying the Shimano SH-WM64 shoes to bike on paved roads and get around easily to walk. I want to pedal while not clipped in, but then flip over and clip in once I get riding.  Is this a good combo for me?

Asked by: NouvelleEnVelo
The A530 SPD Sport Road Pedals are a great choice for someone who wants the option of both a platform and a clip-in pedal.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-23

An REI bike mechanic installed my first clipless pedals. Since then I have reduced the tension to minimum on both pedals. Still the left pedal is considerably harder to release. What else could be adjusted?

Asked by: Fahrrad3
There are a number of different variables that could be causing a difference in resistance on your SPD Sport Road Pedals . Please take your bike and shoes to an REI bike shop or local bike shop for an assessment by a certified bike technician.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-30

I bought these for my road bike and really like them! Can I buy a pair for my mountain bike? I feel really comfortable with them and like the ease of getting in and out and the reverse side option. Would feel really comfortable converting my mountain bike

Asked by: trail runner13
You certainly could mount the A530s on your mountain bike as they will fit on your crank arm. The only challenge is that they are not intended for the conditions and terrain that you would encounter while mountain biking. The Shimano M424 SPD Pedals would be a better option. The M424s offer dual sided clip in entry and better stability when being used as a platform pedal.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-04-30

HI, I'm a real newbie when it comes to biking and spinning.  I'm going to purchase the woman's shimano WR35 spin shoe. If I purchase these pedals, will the clips that come with the pedals be placed directly on the spin Shoes? 

Asked by: Sangria
The SPD cleats that come with the A530 SPD Sport Road Pedals screw directly into the Shimano WR35 Bike Shoes.​
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-04

This pedal also comes in black.  Can that color be ordered?

Asked by: DolceVitaSF
Sorry, we only have the one color available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-11
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