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 82 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good platform (57)
  • Reliable entry/exit (54)
  • Adjustable (41)
  • Increases pedaling efficiency (40)
  • Dual sided entry (22)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Road biking (50)
  • Upgrade (21)
  • Mountain biking (19)
  • Touring (5)
  • Commuting (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (38), Casual/ recreational (35), Commuter (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (74), Yes (3)

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5.0

beginner cleater

By alpha 06

from detroit,michigan

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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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 4 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
               
              5.0

              Just back from my first ride!

              By Flowerdog

              from Holland, MI

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Increases Pedaling Efficiency
              • Reliable Entry/Exit

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

                  I am an enthusiastic middle-aged recreational cyclist who finally bit the bullet and went clipless. I changed the pedals out yesterday and just got back from a 30-mile ride today -- these were a great choice! Easy and adjustable clipping in, two-sided for commuting in work shoes, made the hills and headwinds easier, and (after a careful practice ride yesterday) I felt completely safe. Awesome!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  The best of both worlds

                  By Gary B

                  from North Myrtle Beach, SC

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Biking

                    Comments about Shimano A530 Sport/Touring Road Pedal:

                    I have a fixed gear single speed that I like to use for exercise and for errands so this pedal is just what the "Doctor" ordered. I can ride clipped in with my cycling shoes for exercise but have the option of riding in my wing tips if I want to around town.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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