New pedal help

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Royalrider, 3 Apr 2008.

  1. Royalrider

    Royalrider Senior Member

    Hi All,
    I have just taken the plunge and ordered a set of clipless pedals. Went for the Shimano PD M520. I bought these from an internet store and when they arrived they had a plastic 'flat plate' already attached to the pedal. It was advertised that this would be part of the deal to use as flats if required.
    The problem is I simply cannot get it off!! I have unscrewed the tensioning bolt to its slackest but the flat will not move.
    Any ideas what I am doing wrong? Do I have to be brutal with it? The instruction sheet which came with the pedals makes no mention of it.
    Thanks in advance
  2. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    post a picture of it.
    If they are genuine 520s then they should be double sided, so the only thing I can think this could be is something in place of a cleat, so it would seem that it needs to be twisted to come out, like a cleat does.
  3. OP

    Royalrider Senior Member

    Thanks for the quick response. Yes they are double sided. The plate I am describing is fixed where the cleat would go, if I could get it off. The part number of the thing I am describing is SM PO22. Sorry can't post a picture
  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I've no idea what that is. You probably do have to twist it though.
  5. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Barmy in Barming
    I have the M520's and for the life of my I don't understand what you are describing. Straight out of the box, on to the bike and away I went.

    Are these the pedals you have?
  6. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Barmy in Barming
    On further investigation. The part number is SM-PD22

    Looks like it attaches to the pedal like a cleat, so i imagine that you have to twist to release.
  7. Landslide

    Landslide Rare Migrant

    Called to the bar
    Just use sheer brute force and ignorance to twist it off.;) The plastic platform will give way long before the metal jaws on the pedal.
  8. Iceniner

    Iceniner New Member

    When i got my shimano pedals the springs, even on the lowest tension were really stiff, they needed plenty of lube and lots of jimmying around to get them loose. Maybe thats happened with yours? Just a suggestion.

    Wouldnt the excess weight of this pedal/reflector bit mean that it hangs on the underside of the pedal most of the time making it a pain to get your foot on it?
  9. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    I had the same problem when I got some of those a couple of years ago. I ended up levering the pedal open and twisting the plastic bit off. It dented the plastic a bit but was ok afterwards.

    IMO these are useless as flat pedals. The platform isn't big or firm enough. What they are good for is night riding, as the plastic bit has reflectors on.
  10. Iceniner

    Iceniner New Member

    Just been out to one of my LBS and they have all these really excellent £1000-£2000 mountain bikes there looking the dogs, the vast majority with clipless pedals already installed and then these platform things attached, looks really funny. Is it because of the law which requires all new bikes to be sold with front, rear, wheel and pedal(?) reflectors or something? I changed my pedals to clipless but i dont have reflectors on them anymore.
  11. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    In a word, yes.

    That's also one reason why a lot of the better bikes aren't sold with pedals.
  12. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    I have used them for years, without problems, although now that the plastic bit is getting worn, they can be a wee bit slippy in the wet...
  13. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    near Hornsea
    I had a right job getting the platform off mine too. Try fitting the pedals to the bike & then removing the platform, it was a bit easier ;)
    If that fails use a screwdriver to prise open the pedal & release the platform.
  14. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Aaah, it's one of THOSE crap things, no surprise you want to get it off.
    Wtih a mole wrench, tTry to snap off the end arms with reflectors on so that it gives way at the points marked in red:


    Then you should be able to twist if off, as it looks like it's the outer rectangular shape of it that's preventing it from twisting the middle bit (which is essentially just a plastic cleat) out.
  15. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    but as landslide says any brute force method will likely to work as it will snap the plastic well before the metal of the pedal suffers any stress.
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