Are Shimano PD-M520 pedals ok for a road bike?
I'm completely new to the world of cycling and have bought myself a second hand bike which comes with Shimano PD-M520 pedals. Appears that these are for a mountain bike - am i ok with these on my road bike? And will the cleats fit road shoes ok - when I'm brave enough to give them a go?
They're fine on a road bike. A lot of commuters use them.
You might not get quite as much power transfer/stability as with a road clipless pedal (e.g. spd sl), but you get the benefits of being able to clip in to either side of the pedal and of being able to use them with mtb shoes (i.e. you can have a shoe with a recessed cleat, which makes it easier to walk around when you're off the bike).
Road cleats generally use 3 bolts whereas the cleats that fit M520s (eg SH51s) are 2 bolt. So you could have problems fitting the cleats to some road shoes.