I've had several pairs of these over the years. If you use your bike in a variety of ways these pedals can be really useful. I used to ride less than 2 miles to work (now retired) or maybe to a store or a friend's place. Didn't need bike shoes to do that. But I ride recreationally 100-125 miles weekly otherwise and these were just fine for my needs. And, more than once on weekend rides I forgot my shoes going to the meet-up point. No problem.
I bought theses pedals for my hybrid bike originally and I liked them so much I bought another set for my road bike. Its the best of both worlds! I can clip in for a long ride or ride with tennis shoes for a quick run. Definitely the right pedal for me!!!
I got these on sale, but even after the sale the price was awesome (the regular price)
They work well on both sides, I use them on my commuter bike, as does my sone (we bought two sets). They clip in easily and the shoe side grabs the bottom.
I really enjoy the versatility of these pedals. I enjoy the efficiency and consistency that SPD pedals offer but, occasionally I just want to jump on and ride the park or convenience store around the block. The flat side offers you the ability to ride safely without having your cleated shoes on. As I have started to increase the distance that I ride I have also found value in the ability to unclip and pedal for a while on the flat side for comfort.
I just want to second what has already been said, both sides of this pedal are extremely functional (cleat or no cleat) and they are solid construction. I'm using them for the daily commute and they are a joy to ride with. Catch them on sale and you've got a double bonus.
These pedals are great because you can clip in or ride with regular shoes without having to switch out pedals. They also have a more traditional look, so I fit them on to one of my vintage bikes (the flat side has slots for toe clips and straps). Durable and inexpensive. Great pedals.
Solid pedals at a good price. I bought these as soon as I saw them because I already have a set for one bike and I wanted to have the same rig on my new bike. Riding shuttle or IMBA trails, you can use either paddling shoes or Mtn bike shoes with the choice of pedal side. Great option.
I put these on my comfort bike to replace the rubber (Trek) pedals. The grip on the non-clip side is outstanding using rubber soled athletic shoes. I tested the clips but haven't used them in earnest yet. I'll do that on some more extended bike trail rides. For in the city, not having clips is really nice. One annoyance was starting out from a stop light with the clip side on top, but I found that a half rotation of the crank (without stepping on it) brought it to the flat side. It got natural pretty quickly.
I put these on my hybrid bike that I use for inside training where weight doesn't matter, and for kicking around town in. Nice to be able to just jump on the bike with regular shoes when I want and yet be able to use with bike shoes as well.
Very pleased with these pedals purchased to replace my pedals that were 25 years old. Bought these so that I could use my existing MTB shoes with SPD clips and on the other side, attached toe clips so that I could remain true to the CA Erioca event that I rode earlier in April. Pedals work extremely well and I'd recommend them to anyone that wants to maintain that vintage look to their road bike.
I ride on and off the trails and like the flexibility of having a stable pedal platform for those technical areas were I cannot clip back in in time
I have these on my main bike so I can use bike shoes with cleats for long rides, and just get on and ride for short trips.
The cleat side is as good and secure as my usual two-sided pedals, and the non-cleat side is fine for just about anything I have on my feet.
The downsided (besides a bit of extra weight) is that you have to get the right side up everytime you stop and start again. I can get into two-sided SPD pedals without looking down, likewise for two-sided platform pedals.
They hold up well, I've been using them for a few years now.
So they're not as good as dedicated SPD pedals, or as dedicated platform pedals. On the other hand, changing pedals before long rides is a real nuisance. As I said, a good compromise pedal.
I put these pedals on my bike to feel safer in commute and city situations. At the time, I expected I'd change out to two-sided clipless pedals for multi-day rides, but the PD-M324 pedals are so versatile and easy to use I haven't bothered. The only down side is that I have scraped the pavement pedaling through a sharp turn, so if you're a real hot-dogger these might not be for you. I love the stability and option, especially if I'm just taking a quick ride in my sneakers...
I tried cages, but could not get my toes all the way into them. These pedals work really well. It took me a little time to learn when to unhook them, but after a short time I do not see how I biked without them. Being able to bike with street shoes on was also a big plus. I just bought a new bike and had the same pedals added to it.