|Shimano M324 SPD Pedal clip side|
While I usually ride with riding shoes and clipped in to the pedals, I really like the versatility these pedals offer. For instance, I recently completed a multi-day ride of most of the C & O Canal Tow Path, riding from DC to Hancock, MD. During the first day I rode in constant rain and the resulting mud. The second day I rode through more mud and had to dismount from my bike three times and walk through flood waters from the Potomac about six to eight inches deep on the trail. Later that evening and the next morning, as my riding shoes dried, I took a couple short side trips and was able to ride while wearing Teva sandals.
During the first three days of that wet and muddy C & O ride the mechanical mechanisms of the Shimano M324 SPD Pedal became caked with mud, sand and small pieces of rock and gravel and I occasionally had difficulty clipping in, but never unclipping. After I was finally able to rinse the pedals with a garden hose, remove lodged pebbles and gravel, and lubricate the locking mechanisms, they again worked flawlessly.