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Item # SHI0662

Your most versatile accessory.

Changing pedals is a task even the most diehard mechanic dislikes. Clockwise, counterclockwise, right thread, left thread — do any of us ever get it right the first time? For this reason the Shimano A530 SPD Pedals may just become your pedal of choice.

While most pedals feature either a one-sided design (road) or a two-sided (mountain) interface, the A530 takes the SPD and mates it to a platform for an all-in-one package. Now you’re able to ride the trails to work and then put on your boots for a night on the town when the clock is punched. With steel spindles and sealed-cartridge bearings, they are built to last. The platform is an ovalized, oversized aluminum plate that works with any shoe. The cleat side is Shimano’s tried-and-true SPD, and a set of cleats is included to get you rolling right out of the box.

  • Steel spindle
  • Sealed cartridge
  • Shimano SPD cleat compatible (2-hole)

Tech Specs

[spindle] chromolly steel, [platform] aluminum
Pedal Wrench Type:
8 mm
Claimed Weight:
383 g
Recommended Use:
commuting, road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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Great for dual duty

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

For someone who uses their road bike for fitness and commuting around town these are great. Convenient for use with sneakers or clip in shoes.

Griptape on platform solves everything

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I see lots of people complaining that the platform is slick. Pretty simple solution; buy griptape, cut it into strips, and stick it on the platform.

Great Pedal for the Price

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was looking for a universal pedal... sometimes I like being clipped other times no. This pedal works for me. I'm a casual biker and it works great!!

Good pedals for short rides

    It doesn't provide the traction for hard trails, and it's not that quick to select the side of the pedal you want to use. Great if you use it to commute. Don't take this to a race!

    Are these pedals compatible with Diadora Tornado Shoes?


    Hey Barbara - These pedals are 2-hole SPD cleat compatible and the Diadora Tornado Shoes require 3-hole road compatibility. Answer is no unfortunately. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

    - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

    Great pedals

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I use the Shimano A530 SPD pedals on my mountain bike and they work great. There is an adjustment bolt on the clip to make it easy to get out of the pedal before you crash.

    Coworker recommended...

      My coworker recommended this (Spencer Oliphant) and I can only say they are great. I recently bought a road bike and am not ready to go full clip ons. These are great alternative.

      When purchasing the A530, is the price for a pair or one

      Hey David - The price on these pedals is for the pair. I own the A530 SPD Pedals so feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

      - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com

      Commuting Pedal

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Great price fo the pedal. Mainly use the clips. Like the flats for the occasion ride to the gym. On the heavy side (but I did build up a full ultegra Niner BSB as my commuter).

      Great cheap commuting pedal

        I've got these on my commuter (Specialized AWOL). They are great pedals. Cheap, light, clips work well flat side good enough. If you are going to spend the majority of your time using the flat side I'd look for something else. But if you are going to be clipped in most of the time and use the flats once in a while these are a great solution.

        Good price for a good product!

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Fast shipping! Good lightweight pedals wanted something that works and they do ! Clips work great ,easy to use and other side works with regular shoes well enough to get by with if your not getting crazy on them! Hardest thing is getting the shoe off the pedal when it's not on the bike yet ! LOL had to see how they clip on had to put pedal on bike with shoe attached then try to put on to get shoe loose . Ha Ha.

        A530 - Disappointing

        • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

        The "cleated" works well, but the "platform" side of of the A530 is so narrowing that approximately 1/3 of rider's shoe is completely unsupported.
        Other 2-sided Shimano pedals are a better choice.

        Strange. Pedal dimensions are comparable to standard pedals.

        And, FWIW, stiff soles go along way to remedying "unsupported" shoes, since on most pedals the majority of the foot is not in direct contact with the pedal.

        Avg. ride time: 24m per week
        • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

        Great for learnin

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These are great for figuring out how to clip in without going full on clipless. My dad uses these to practice on tech sections he feels are a little over his head. We both agree that they need to have a little move traction on the flat side.

        Avg. ride time: 5h per week
        • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        The A530 is a solid choice for those learning to ride clipless. I recently purchased these for my 10-year old son who is beginning to make the leap, and they've worked great. A reliable Shimano pedal with easy options for flat (i.e. regular shoes) or clipped (i.e. cycling shoes). This helped us avoid the pedal swapping each time his confidence swayed during the process. Worth mentioning that these are also lighter than the PD-M374 at roughly the same price.

        Exactly what I needed

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I was looking for a peddle that could meet my needs - weekday commuting and weekend riding. and this Shimano peddle does the trick. I wouldn't use it for downhill racing, but that's not what I bought it for.

        Great For Pretty Much Everything

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I use my bike(s) for everything from century rides and mountain biking to my daily commute. Some days I know I don't need to go clipless and just want to wear my regular shoes to ride to and from work. I did some extensive research into "casual" clipless shoes and other pedal platforms, but found all of the other options too expensive or just not meeting my needs.

        These pedals work great with all of my shoes, both clipless and casual. I know some people have complained about having to look down to flip the pedal over to clip in, but I've only found myself doing this maybe 1 out of 20 times I clip in.

        The platform side is big enough to use comfortably with regular shoes, but small enough that you hardly notice them when you're using the other side. Sure, they weigh more than the less bulky versions, but I think we could all save some weight in our bodies before our bike could. The platform is also great for those sketchy descents that make you question why you ever decided to attach your feet to a rolling piece of metal in the first place.

        If you're looking for a reliable do it all pedal that can be used for commuting, mountain biking, or those long road rides, then you've found them.


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        After a month of fumbling around and getting used to clipping in - I am finally fully converted and love these pedals. I paired mine with Shimano SH-RT82 Shoes (SHI0418). On my Scott Sub 30 commuter bike they are perfect for riding to work or downtown!

        works well, but not ideal

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        These pedals are inherently a huge compromise, and I take that into account when giving them a 3-star rating. These are used on a commuter bike.

        First, the good: Classic SPD durability and reliability. They work all the time, and they almost always give a nice reassuring 'click' when you're clipped in. They aren't too heavy. They look nice, especially in black. They're built well for the price. You can find them on sale pretty often for ~$50. You can ride with cleats and with regular shoes (this is the main reason you would buy this pedal).

        The bad: The bearings are a bit stiff, so the pedals don't roll over to the same position every time, meaning you're always looking at your pedals to make sure you're on the correct side. If the bearings were smoother, and the platform fell to the bottom all the time, that would help. Speaking of the platform, it's not that great. It's a good shape and size, but there really isn't a lot of grip. If you're wearing skate shoes while it's dry, you'll be fine, but if you try to ride in any other shoes, and heaven forbid in rain or snow, you're going to slide off the pedals if you apply any real torque to them.

        I realize that you buy this pedal as a compromise, but it's too much of a compromise. The SPD interface works well, just like all Shimano SPD's, but the lack of consistent pedal orientation makes them hard to deal with. But the real deal breaker is that the platform just isn't that good. If the platform was really grippy, or had some pins or set screws in it like true MTB platforms, these would be worth it, because then you could actually trust the platform.

        As is, they're too much of a compromise for me, and don't do either thing well enough to warrant using them. I'll be switching to XT or XTR trail pedals, with double-sided cleat entry, and enough of a platform that I can ride them with street shoes on if absolutely necessary.