Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedals

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Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedals
The Shimano PD-A530 pedals are truly marvels of versatility. On one side of the pedal is a step-in SPD system that's designed to be used with recessed SPD-type shoes to ensure amazingly efficient pedaling coupled with off-the-bike walking comfort. Flip the pedals over and you've got a broad platform pedal that's perfect for casual riding in regular footwear. The A530s are the perfect pedals for new SPD users as well as everyday cycling, commuting, trekking, hybrid and touring devotees.
  • Dual-sided design with SPD system on one side and platform pedal on the other
  • Adjustable entry and release tensions settings
  • Low-maintenance sealed cartridge axle unit
  • Chromoly spindle with a steel pedal body is plenty strong and built to last
  • Clean, svelte, attractive appearance
Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedals
  • MATERIAL Steel
  • UPC 689228129306
  • WEIGHT 383 grams/pair
  • BOLT PATTERN 2-bolt
  • SHOE COMPATIBILITY 2-bolt
  • FLOAT
  • ADJUSTMENTS
  • Rating 4.5

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Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 84 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good platform (58)
  • Reliable entry/exit (55)
  • Adjustable (42)
  • Increases pedaling efficiency (40)
  • Dual sided entry (24)

Cons

  • Heavy (15)
  • Unreliable entry/exit (6)
  • Difficult to adjust (4)
  • Single sided entry (3)

Best Uses

  • Road biking (51)
  • Upgrade (22)
  • Mountain biking (21)
  • Touring (5)
  • Commuting (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (39), Casual/ recreational (36), Commuter (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (3)

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5.0

On All My Bikes

By SAL

from Winona, MN

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Dual Sided Entry
  • Good Platform
  • Reliable Entry/Exit

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

    With or without clips these pedals are great. Sometimes I wear bike shoes, sometimes I don't. Even when I do wear bike shoes it's nice to unclip and ride the flat peddles in a high congestion area, when getting unclipped quickly might be a problem or when starting out from a dead stop. I've put them on a road bike, a touring bike, a mountain bike and a bike trails bike. It's the only way to go.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Good value

    By Joe

    from Mississippi

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Dual Sided Entry
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

      I bought these, so that I could use bike shoes with the clips to get a better work out on my bike rides. I had to adjust them to loosen up the retention on the clips. They work fine.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      beginner cleater

      By alpha 06

      from detroit,michigan

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Platform
      • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable Entry/Exit

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

        great reviews prompted purchase looking forward to 50 plus degrees to ride

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Shimano A530

        By reborn cyclist

        from Buffalo,NY

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Dual Sided Entry

        Cons

        • Difficult To Adjust

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

        Purchased this pedal as an entry option for clipless pedal and its adjustability. The original shipments were defective where the adjustment screws were ineffective. Nashbar exchanged the pedals until I received a set that worked. Great customer service. At the lightest setting the pedal is still a bit difficult unclipping on one side .Unsure if it is a pedal issue or technique.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Good product that adds flexibility; you'll ride more.

        By Schmerdtz

        from Central California Coast

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Good Platform
        • Reliable Entry/Exit

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Single Sided Entry

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

        These seem to provide a better, more secure fit than some other dual platform pedals. Shimano quality is consistently good, reliable and well manufactured. Clip in security seems slightly better than similar generic products, (which I also own), and spindle and bearing construction allows for smooth, low-drag action. Yes, there is a slight aero drag penalty, but unless you're going for every tenth, the difference is negligible.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        This seems to meet my needs

        By Ken G.

        from Catskill, NY

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Good Platform
        • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
        • Reliable Entry/Exit

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Biking

          Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

          A click in pedal is new to me. I just tested them for the first time. With a brief shaky start I think I'll get used to them. I'm excited about this new experience and the benefits to my cycling.
          It seems like a good buy.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Don't buy-Terrible quality

          By Jeff

          from Cranberry Twp. PA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

          On my forth set since May. Nashbar has been good and refunded/exchanged every set. The pedals them selves are poorly made. Anywhere from the 2nd to 5th ride they all developed a clicking sound. I ride 50 to 100 miles a week either road or rail to trail, so not getting pounded on hard. It is the pedals as when I replaced with my originals, no clicking. Did not matter if I was riding on the platform side or the SPD side. I called Shimano after the 3rd time and their solution was to send them in and they would look at. In the mean time no clipless pedals. I am looking for an alternate brand now to replace these. Would not buy these and will be avoiding shimano.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Good but a few quirks

          By John the Cyclist

          from Sunnyvale CA

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mixed Commuting And Road

              Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

              These are very good dual use pedals, but they do have a couple of quirks. First is that the platform makes the pedal have less clearance when clipped in. I guess I'm used to pedals with more clearance and when I angled around a turn, these scraped a bit. Not a big deal and something I can tolerate for the dual use, but I was surprised by this. Second is that I was expecting the platform side to naturally fall downwards to make the pedal entry predictable, but that doesn't happen. Maybe it will eventually as the bearings loosen up. At least for now that means I have to look at the pedal to see where it is when clipping in. Other pedals I've used are always in the same position due to their weight balance so I can just snap in without a look.

              Also, I ended up with a bum bearing in the left pedal. I'm assuming this was just a one off and I'm sure the exchanged pedal will be fine.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              5 STARS

              By Michael

              from Oklahoma City, OK

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Dual Sided Entry
              • Good Platform
              • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable Entry/Exit

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Biking

                Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

                My problem is when I buy something new, I think I need to play with the nuts and bolts... nope. Don't mess with these pedals. Just install them on your bike. Bolt on the SPD plates on your shoes... and go. They're great! I can't speak to the longevity of this product. But I'm a complete NOOB and I hope these things treat me well. I have maybe 200 miles on my new bike. Thanks Shimano for another good product... here we go!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great Values, Gives You Options

                By Nyteryder

                from South central Pennsylvania

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Good Platform
                • Reliable Entry/Exit

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

                  I put these on my hybrid so I could get a better workout. The platform sides lets me do things like riding to the library in flip-flops. But when I want to log some miles and get a good workout, I put on my Shimano shoes, click in, and go. Unclicking from the pedals is always easy (the tension is easily adjustable). The pedals even look great and installed easily.......I couldn't be happier.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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