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07/20/2012

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Rick

I've never been a fan of that style, either in the form of an attachment like that (which, BTW, you can buy commercially made for a scant few bucks) or the M324. I hate pedals that aren't the same on both sides - not only do you have to look down and feel around to get it right, but the side you want is always face-down.

The M424 and M545 have a cage around the SPD pedal. They work as SPDs and as flat pedals on both sides. You can ride clicked or unclicked at any time when wearing clipless shoes (like when you need to start pedaling IMMEDIATELY from a stop and miss your click), and you can ride with any shoes any time. There's never a struggle to find the right side of the pedal. The weight penalty is surprisingly small. If you decide later that you want the cage gone you can remove it.

Nashbar used to have a cheapo set of generics like the M424/M545 and those were good but they don't seem to have them anymore.

A New Bike

I've put off trying clipless pedals a bit, but I think a combo flat and clip would be perfect. It does amaze me that manufactures are so lazy in coming up with product names.

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