January 16, 2010
Whether you prefer your pedals to be platform, clipless, or toe strap, the Shimano PD-M324 pedal can accommodate you. While Shimano bills this as an all-purpose mountain bike pedal, it has rapidly become one of my favorite pedals for touring.
One side of the pedal features an ordinary metal platform, which provides plenty of grip for wet conditions. On the flip side, the pedal has a cleat platform for SPD style cleats. Just in case you like toe straps, the sides of the pedals also come with holes drilled to allow for toe strap baskets, or Power Grip style straps.
The full metal construction is very durable, cleat tension is adjustable, and the bearings are sealed and serviceable, making this a pedal that will last through the harshest of tours and beyond.
The pedals retail for around $75, and are widely available through most bike shops.
Photo by Josh Tack.
TOURING GEAR AND TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead.