Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals

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Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals
These pedals are made for walking. That is the Shimano PD-A520 pedals are a perfect choice for a set of sleek, lightweight pedals that are designed to be used with recessed SPD-type shoes to ensure amazingly efficient pedaling coupled with off-the-bike walking comfort. These pedals replace the classic A515 with an updated look, lower profile, and more weight savings. What hasn't changed is Shimano's legendary attention to detail and quality so you know these pedals will work like a charm and are built to last.
  • Lightweight, aerodynamic single-entry SPD design
  • Chromoly spindle provides plenty of strength and stiffness
  • Aluminum pedal body shaves grams
  • Sealed bearings roll smooth with low maintenance
  • Adjustable entry and release tension
Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals
  • MFPARTNUMBER EPDA520
  • MATERIAL Aluminum, steel
  • UPC 689228084551
  • WEIGHT 315 grams/pair
  • BOLT PATTERN 2-bolt
  • SHOE COMPATIBILITY
  • FLOAT
  • ADJUSTMENTS
  • Rating 4

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Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals
 
4.1

(based on 36 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (21)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Durable (15)
  • Good platform (8)
  • Reliable entry/exit (7)

Cons

  • Single sided entry (3)

Best Uses

  • Road biking (32)
  • Commuting/city (11)
  • Upgrade (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (27), Casual/ recreational (6)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (13), Speed oriented (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30)

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4.0

Pretty Nice Pedals

By HikeCyclePhoto

from Western North Carolina

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Clip Into
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking

    Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

    I purchased these for a used road bike I recently purchased. The original platform pedals had to go-- and fast!

    I like SPD pedals and cleats, as walking in the cleats is almost normal.

    With these I purchased shoes without a recessed cleat area. In spite of that, clipping in is easy and sure. Both pedals were factory set to be REALLY tight, and difficult to use. A 3MM hex key took care of that. Now, clipping in is easy, but unclipping varies. My right shoe unclips easily. My left is tighter in the release. I have to check the tension on the left show, though I think it's adjusted to near its lightest setting.

    All in all, I like these pedals. Even at a lighter setting, they offer great security, light weight, and very good value.

    I ride 50-70 miles per week, though last week 111 miles, and today, with these pedals, 50.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    They are fine

    By don'tridemuch

    from Pa.

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • I Don't Ride Much
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

      even on the lightest setting they are a little hard to clip in. I think they are fine for the money. They will probably break in and loosen up. I didn't spend alot of money but I think I got what I paid for. I'm happy with them. If I had an expensive bike and rode a lot I would probably buy better ones.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Pedal

      By Crazy_2

      from Gibbons, Alberta

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None
      • Single Sided Entry

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

      Just installed these today on my Norco Valance C1, was using an older set of Look pedals but they were a pain to walk in, these work great when clipped in and comfortable to walk around when not. Was concerned they were single side entry but no problems clipping in at all. Currently using my shimano mountain bike shoes, but have a set pair of Giro Empire Shoes on order from a local bike shop, I expect they will be a great combo.
      Will update after the shoes arrive and I get a few rides in.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Quality pedals

      By Traveler

      from Durham, NC

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to install
      • Lightweight
      • Well built quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

          Used these pedals before on another bike and loved them. Needed new pedals and these were the obvious choice.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Comfort Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Better pedal contact, yet lightweight.

          By George

          from Lancaster, PA

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Road Biking

            Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

            This pedal has taken the pressure off a hot spot on my left foot. It provides a wider contact area to the pedal if you are using shoes with recessed cleats.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great recreational pedal

            By Don M

            from West Hartford, CT

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

              A great pedal at a great price. I converted to this after getting tired skidding around on my Look road pedal cleats. I do a lot of mtb riding and can now use the same shoes for both. Now what do I do with my look cleats, pedals and shoes??

              • Cycling Style:
              • Comfort Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Too hard to clip in at night

              By Alan

              from Kentucky

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Hangs Upside Down
              • Unbalanced

              Best Uses

                Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

                I had to return these pedals. This was my first clipless pedal for my new flat-bar road bike, and it almost made me go back to safe platform pedals. I didn't notice there was a difference in road and MTB pedals; I'm on a steep learning curve after 18 years of platform pedals and toe straps. I do most of my riding at night and found out real fast that these pedals wouldn't work for my riding style. They naturally "hang" upside down and it was impossible for me to click-in the second pedal because I couldn't see whether it was upside down or right side up. That is unless there was a nearby street lamp or a full moon. I rode around in circles trying to clip-in that second pedal to no avail. I finally lost balance and fell hard, twice. Now I have a nasty bruise down one leg to remind me what a mistake I made. Also, they were too hard to click out of even at the weakest spring setting. I just couldn't make them work for me.

                • Cycling Style:
                • Comfort Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                A Practical Pedal

                By Juan

                from Mpls, MN

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting/City
                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

                  I ride a recumbent bike and I find that this pedal is easy to get into and out of. When I need to get into them they are always facing me. It may not be an extremely light pedal,although it is relatively light, but that is a good compromise considering the strength & durability in my opinion. I have about 500 mi on these and I made a good buying decision. And contrary to some reviews, my pair are not overly tight in the bearings.

                  • Cycling Style:
                  • Comfort Oriented
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Like my new pedals

                  By Roadrunner

                  from Perkasie, PA

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Commuting/City
                    • Road Biking

                    Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

                    Purchased the pedals for my Nashbar CR-2 Road Bike. A nice choice for my new bike. I now have 250 miles on the pedals, no problems! I recommend them for road bikes.

                    • Cycling Style:
                    • Speed Oriented
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    4.0

                    Pretty good

                    By npok

                    from Hudson Valley NY

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile
                    • Wider platform

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commuting/City
                      • Road Biking

                      Comments about Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Road Pedals:

                      Much better for a road bike than the little double-sided mtn bike pedals I had on previously, but still a few "hot spots". I think I'll get used to them and like them so far.

                      • Cycling Style:
                      • Comfort Oriented
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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