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    Shimano 520 clipless pedals...

    The bike I am ordering comes with these pedals, do I need special shoes to ride? I don't want to buy special shoes for Mountain biking quite yet, can I just use regular shoes or should i switch the pedals to a regular type.

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    Yes, you will need SPD compatible shoes with your new pedals. You can switch them out with regular flat pedals until your ready for the clipless ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upontwo
    Yes, you will need SPD compatible shoes with your new pedals. You can switch them out with regular flat pedals until your ready for the clipless ones.
    anyone know any cool, contemporary looking spd compatible sandals that could be worn off the bike too?

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    Yes. There are quite a few... .



    I wouldn't take them mountainbiking but..



    Check in danscomp.com for that type of shoe..

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    My 520's came with a plastic platform on one side so you can use regular shoes too. Felt a little weird, but it'll work if you don't want to buy new pedals or shoes...
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    If you do decide to go the clipless route stay away from the shimano SPD's. Check out the Crank Bro's or Time. It will save your knees when cliping in/out and other body parts when you have to bail.
    Team MOJO Wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarekith
    My 520's came with a plastic platform on one side so you can use regular shoes too. Felt a little weird, but it'll work if you don't want to buy new pedals or shoes...
    The purpose of those plastic platforms are to allow test rides with regular shoes, and fullfill the federal requirement that all new bikes be equipped with reflectors on the pedals.

    These will break very fast as they are only designed for temporary use.

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    Yeah I forgot to add that mine fell off on some singletrack after a couple weeks, never used them anyway. I like my 520's though, easy to get in and out of, and the adjustable tension is nice.
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    Actually the Shimano pedals are the best ones for a beginner to start riding clipless. You can adjust the tension really low on them so it is very easy to get unclipped.

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