Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

One Bike, One Pedal, Many Shoes and Shimano’s A530

I am quite content riding “Sky”, my Rivendell Bleriot .

Sky, after a successful trip to the Saturday Market

In fact my Voodoo, set up with a front shock for more aggressive trail riding is gathering dust in the garage because I have so much fun tooling around on Sky.  I also have my  fair share of shoes and love nothing more than being fashionable while pedaling  efficiently when running errands or meeting friends for dinner and drinks.  On the other hand, I like to wear my Shimano bike shoes with clipless pedals for longer rides, weekend rides and touring.  What I hate is changing pedals.  After breaking my finger, a helmet and giving myself a black eye riding my son’s bike (so I could wear shoes that matched my outfit) the Bike Hermit gave me a set of Shimano A530 Clipless SPD/Platform Road Pedals. One side is platform, the other works with my SPD clipless cleat on my bike shoe.

Shimano A530 dual bike pedal

Problem solved with a SPD/platform pedal

Now it doesn’t matter what shoe I am wearing, I can ride Sky pretty much anywhere at anytime.  The other nice feature on longer rides has been the ability to opt out of my clipless, flip the pedal over and still get a nice grip on my biking shoe.  As I have been battling a tendon issue having the interchangeable option has been terrific.  If we are bike camping or bike touring, at the end of the day, I can easily slip off my bike shoes and  wear my sandals if we chose to go exploring once we have set up camp.

Shimano a530 with a street shoe

Great grip with my tennis shoe on the platform side

SPD side Shimana A530

flip it over and my SPD cleat clips right in.

Clipped in for A Sunday Afternoon Bike ride

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