Shimano PD-M520 SPD pedals review - an absolute classic

A really versatile and rugged pedal that can be used for many styles of riding

Image shows the Shimano PD-M520 pedals mounted on a bike
(Image credit: Paul Grele)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

If you want a great performing 'clip in' pedal that can be used for most cycling disciplines then look no further. Great mud clearance, double sided for ease of clipping in, bombproof, allows shoes that you can walk in easily - a classic clipless pedal!

Reasons to buy
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    Works well

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    Long lasting

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    Can be used for many disciplines of cycling

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    Keenly priced and includes cleats & bolts

Reasons to avoid
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    Requires a specialist (but cheap) plastic tool for servicing

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The Shimano SPD pedal (PD-M520) is an absolute classic, combining a rugged and robust build with excellent value. But first, let's just get clear on the nomenclature and compatibility...

These types of pedals (the sort which you 'clip in' to) are called 'clipless' because they work with a cleat on the sole of the shoe to provide the retention. Previously (several decades ago), toe-clips and straps were used instead, but these were trickier to release yourself from and faded away over time. 

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