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An acronym for "Shimano Pedaling Dynamics", a design of clipless bicycle pedal created by Shimano, Inc. Both road and mountain variants exist as do numerous "SPD-compatible" designs.

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Why are my pedal cleats rattling?

I have used SPD cleats and pedals for many years. Recently I've noticed that a particular combination of pedals and shoes are rattling when I pedal normally. Other combinations rattle less. The pedals ...
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SPD Pedal/Cleat Grinding Noise

I have some third party SPD pedals that have worked for years. Recently the drive side pedal is creaking/grinding. I don't know what it is. Anybody have a clue how to fix this? What should I try? ...
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Riding with clipless pedals around the city

A friend of mine has been riding a road bike since last year. He is considering switching to clipless pedals but he doesn't want to be locked in to his bike while he is riding around the city. We have ...
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Is the correct use of this sheet-metal part to separate SPD from sole?

Since it was bent during clipping in/out, this tells me that this flimsy sheet metal part (the "spacer"?) should not be where I installed it. Should it be installed at all? Is the correct ...
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SPD pedals too big for cleats?

I have just purchased some SPD pedals (Shimano PD M8020) and 2 bolt SPD shoes with 2 bolt cleats. Strangely the cleats fit inside the 'teeth' of the SPD pedals but the teeth of the SPD pedals look ...
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Which direction should SH51 cleats disengage?

Trying out SPD-MTB Cleats on my hybrid bike. Think I've realized I must have SH51 cleats because they only disengage in one direction. But it seems odd to me that they disengage in opposite directions ...
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Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue Pedal Exchange

I want to switch out the pedals on my Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue for the Venzo 3-in-1 pedals (I only use SPDs & don’t like the sneaker cages). On the Venzos, the part that ...
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Did Shimano change the design of SPD cleats?

I went to a different gym this week for a spin class and the instructor could not clip into her bike (newbie cleat user, she said). All of the participants wearing cleats had Shimano SPDs (or same-...
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Connecting and disconnecting clipless bike shoes from Shimano pedals

I bought my first pair of clipless bike shoes (Northwave MTB) and pedals (Shimano 8100). The connection is SPD, since they're MTB shoes. I had them show me in the store how to connect and disconnect ...
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Clicking Left Pedal on Bowflex C6

I have a one month old Bowflex C6 spin bike. I am having a problem where the left pedal (SPD one side and toe cage on the other) clicks a lot when I am riding. I have verified that the crank arm is ...
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Cleat tension is too high

I've been using SPD pedal (PD-EH500) with SH56 cleat I just got a new pedals (XTR 9100) and adjusted the tension to the lowest setting. I find it very hard to remove the shoes from the new pedal even ...
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Aftermarket SPD-SL cleats

Given that original Shimano SPD-SL cleats are not the cheapest, and do wear down quite quickly, looking for cheaper alternatives. Have seen various aftermarket options for half the price. Has anyone ...
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Why aren’t these Shimano PD-M980 coming apart?

I’m trying to give my pedals a clean and regrease. The left pedal came apart as expected, but the right one’s threaded sleeve refuses to separate from the pedal body. I’ve unthreaded it as much as I ...
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Pedal problem, slop, or “float”?

I’ve got SM51 cleats. I’ve learned (here) that I likely replaced SM56s. I’ve got a lot I could learn but I’m not a newbie. I've got about 8,000 miles on these pedals/cleats/shoes. Maybe only 1500 on ...
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Right Shimano SPD pedal clicks on down stroke

I recently bought Shimano SPD pedals for indoor cycling on Zwift. I have not had them very long at all maybe a month. Every downstroke I hear a loud click on my right pedal. I thought it may have ...
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Can I mix LOOK pedals+cleats with SPD-SL shoes?

The pedals and the cleats pictured arrived in one box. Hence they must be "compatible". The shoes arrived in a separate box. The system used by the pedals/cleats is Look "Keo-style" cleats. The red/...
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Squeaky SPD shoes problem

I have faced a very very annoying problem with my SPD shoes, and it happens on two pairs of shoes from different manufacturers (Shimano SH-AM7 and Northwave Outcross 2 Plus). The problem is a very bad ...
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How do I get a cleat that's stuck in a pedal, detached from the shoe, out?

While out riding on my XC bike today, I encountered an issue with my cleat: The connector between the cleat and the shoe - the part that you screw into - died, and I lost a screw. So I had the shoe ...
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How do I make Shimano SPD cleat lock into pedal more securely?

I bought Shimano SPD pedals and shoes for MTB. They’re great for uphill and straight gnarly sections. There is one problem - when I’m clipped in I have a ton of movement. I have tightened the spring ...
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Pedal threads too big for crank?

I have a 70's bike with Shimano 600 arabesque components and just bought a pair of Shimano PD-M324. The threads on the new pedals seem to be just a tiny bit too big for the crank arm. I find this ...
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SPD SL Cleat Cover, are they supposed to be attached all the time or removed on rides?

I've always assumed you put them once and forget it, and still clip in with them, but then I read somewhere that Speedplay covers needs to be re-attached when you're walking. Is Shimano the same? If ...
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Road bike and mountain bike shoes

I have a road bike with Look pedals that I would like to ride with SPD pedals, are they any adapters to the cleats that would allow me to do it?
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SPD pedal float becomes restricted

I have a strange problem with my clipless pedal float becoming restricted. I recently installed Shimano M520 SPD pedals on my bike, with SM-SH51 cleats on SixSixOne Expert MTB shoes. A few weeks after ...
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Optimal Placement of Cleats

I am transitioning from mountain bike shoes to road bike shoes. A marked difference is the limitation of versatility in cleat placement. I prefer to have my cleat as far up and to the inner side of ...
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Indoor cyclist keeps popping out of clips

I bought a pair of Shimano indoor cycling shoes with two hole cleats to wear during my spin classes. Unfortunately, during my classes, I snap out of the clips. I know part of it must be my form but ...
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Need Help IDing SPD Pedal

Anyone know who makes these and which model it is? In the middle of the pedal I can kind of make out "C (possibly, not 100% sure)" "ARV" "E (also not 100% sure, just guessing)".
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How to prevent accidental unclipping while cornering?

I have less than 10 hours on SPD pedals. Unclipping is becoming more and more intuitive (I no longer fall to the side when stopping at a traffic light). While it still intimidates me to jump with ...
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Slotted cleats for SPD shoes

Does anyone make a cleat, or an adapter that would accommodate a cleat, that has a slot for use with old style caged pedals that use toeclips & straps, that fits 2-bolt SPD style cycling shoes?
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Shimano A520 SPD Touring Pedals cant clip out :-( [duplicate]

got a new set of Shimano A520 SPD Touring Pedals and a pair of http://www.polaris-apparel.co.uk/product/SPLINTER shoes i cant clip out once in has anyone had this problem before #amature?
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Cyclocross touring, studs for SPD shoes?

I just bought my first bicycle shoes (Specialized, SPD) and got four mountable studs. I'm planning on touring for about a month. Mostly on roads, perhaps occasionally on dirt tracks and larger trails. ...
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Loose pedal bent under pressure

I was riding home today (with clipless pedals; SPD) and noticed my ankle was twisting strangely with each rotation of my legs. I had just gotten to the top of a massive hill. I pulled off to the ...
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Recommendation for lightweight pedals for use with SPD or without [closed]

Are there any nice looking and lightweight pedals meant to be used with or without SPD shoes? Would be nice to be able to ride even without my special shoes, but not if such pedals look bulky and ...
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Does anyone make a spacer for SPD cleats?

I have a pair of cycling shoes that accept a two-bolt cleat, but require a spacer between cleat and sole to be compatible with Shimano SPD pedals. My pedal and cleat package did not come with spacers. ...
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Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes

With shoes like those shown below, when you adjust the buckle to the most tight position, the release handle is blocked (IMHO, this is due to bad engineering but cannot be changed.) Usually, this ...
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SPD PD-M520 Pedals, replacing the Body Cover

I have taken the body cover off my Shimano PD-M520 pedals and am unable to get it back on due to a little nodule having to be behind the bit of metal where the tightness ajustment is. That part is ...
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My SPD shoes + cleats won't clip in to my SPD pedals

I purchased some touring shoes (Giro Republic) that support a two bolt cleat. I opted for a standard, popular Shimano M520L pedal with matching cleats. I installed the pedals, loosened the tension on ...
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How to practice SPD release in very steep uphills?

Some time ago I got SPD pedals for my MTB. When going downhill or rather flat, these pedals are awesome. However, I have problems using them on sharp uphill with roots/rocks. Because it's steep, I ...
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Recessing Look Cleats

A lot of SPD shoes (not SPD-SL) have the cleat recessed into the shoe so you can walk with it. Has anyone found a way to get Look Keo cleats to be recessed so they are better for walking? I suspect ...
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Performance difference between Shimano SPD and SPD SL

Is there a noticable performance different between the SPD and the SPD SL systems? I've got SPD SLs on my current bike, but some of the touring I do required quite a lot of walking, so I was thinking ...
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Which clipless mountain bike pedals have free float (i.e. no spring recentering)? [closed]

The only mountain bike pedal I've found that doesn't have spring recentering are Speedplay Frog Pedals. I've tried Shimano SPD pedals and Crank Bros Eggbeaters/Candy and both have spring recentering ...
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spd pedal on spd sl shoe

Is it possible to fit a SPD pedal and cleat setup on my SPD SL shoe (SH-R131-S)? The answer to why, is to save the expenses for a new shoe. But even if it's possible. Is it a good idea to mix them?
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Uncomfortable SPD pedals

I have just started using the SPD system. Having ridden without for years, it's proving to be a challenge and sometimes uncomfortable. A challenge, because the stop/start through traffic is a hassle ...
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Stop SPD shoes from grinding

I have a pair of Chrome Midway Pro SPD cycling shoes. These look like sneakers, but have a cleat mount embedded in them. Mine have worn down a bit and now the cleat crunches against the ground all ...
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Does an SPD-SL AND SPD compatible pedal/shoe exist?

I am soon going to buy a pair of pedals (and new shoes of course) for my road bike (mostly used for commuting, and short-ish rides (40-50 miles/80Km). Most important to me is being able to walk in my ...
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How can I adapt my pedals to account for a difference in leg length?

I have a leg length difference of as much as 1cm due to a non-biking accident. Adding padding to my shoe doesn't help. A friend recommended that I get pedal stacks (and a longer bolt) to my SPD-style ...
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Is it normal to have some soreness in your knees after cycling with SPD?

I recently got some SPD pedals. Initially, my seat was too high (old pedals added about 3/4th of an inch to height), and at the end of the downstroke, pulled uncomfortably on my knees. After even ...
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Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?

I am looking at buying a pedal/shoe system as the clips and straps I am using are hurting my feet again. It's been a long time since I have bought a road pedal / shoe system, and I have forgotten the ...
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What is the Optimal Tightness for Learning to Ride with SPD Pedals?

I recently switched the pedals on my road bike over to the SPD clipless system. The pedals I got have an adjustable spring. Tightening the spring increases the force required to twist one's foot out, ...
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Are fixed or floating SPD-SL cleats most suitable for a long commute?

After much procrastination, I've finally jumped in and bought myself a road bike, under the cycle2work scheme we have here in the UK. I opted for a Boardman Road Race, as it seems to be the most ...
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Does anybody manufacture extra-wide (3E/4E or EEE/EEEE ) wide road or mountain biking shoes?

I have mutant-wide feet and it's generally impossible to find comfortable shoes for any occasion. For the most part my only options in life are New Balance. I'm cycling a lot lately and would like to ...
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