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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-10-15, 09:04 PM   #1
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Where do you buy your cycle shoes?

For all you Clydes that go clipless where did you go to try on your shoes? I would like to try on a few different shoes to see which feel best but it seems my local shops only carry a few kinds. Do I really have to drive all over town to seven different shops to get an idea or is there a one stop shop that Has enough in stock I should find something that will work?
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Old 05-10-15, 09:06 PM   #2
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Zappos.
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got mine at chainlove on sale. No trying on at all. :|
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Old 05-10-15, 09:54 PM   #4
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Performance Bicycles (At the local store).

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I tried on a few at various stores and found one I liked at Performance bikes for $40 on sale. However I just scored a pair of fizik road rs uomo pro's for $50 although I haven't tried them on yet. I figured that deal was too good to pass up so if they don't fit right off to ebay.
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Know your size and buy on-line. I buy everything on-line because they actually have my size there. Stores around here typically do not.
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Know your size and buy on-line. I buy everything on-line because they actually have my size there. Stores around here typically do not.
ebay. I'm a size 42, and I generally pay between $25-33 a pair.
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In your case, in a shop. I would never buy an unfamiliar pair of shoes on line. Too much variation among equal sizes, and I don't want to have to bother sending something back if it doesn't fit.

Is there an REI store near you?
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Can someone give me some guidance on size conversion? I looked on-line and found 4 columns in the conversion chart. What sizing measure do most bike shoes come in ?
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In the U.S., I have mostly seen Euro sizing, but some have multiple conversions. But note that cycling shoes can vary a good deal in actual size and cut. For example, one brand's 44 might be another brands 43. And some shoes have wider toe boxes than others. I have ridden a 46 in X shoes and a 47 in Y shoe. My MTB shoe that I tour and commute with is a 48. That shoe has 3 different size conversions on the underside of the tongue, but they are so worn I can only make out the 12.3, which I assume is U.S. sizing.
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In your case, in a shop. I would never buy an unfamiliar pair of shoes on line. Too much variation among equal sizes, and I don't want to have to bother sending something back if it doesn't fit.
This is why I suggested Zappos. They have free no-hassle returns. Well, unless you consider driving down to the UPS store a hassle. They also have bike shoes in wide, unlike any of my LBSes.
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I would definitely try shoes on. I have a pair of Fizik R3 Donna's that are 41. My LG shoes were 42 but my feet hated the toe box. My first pair of shoes were Shimano size 42. I tried on 42 Shimano recently and my toes were hitting the end so needed to order 42.5 in the shoe I want. Shoe's vary between manufacturers and even within from what I have discovered.
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This is why I suggested Zappos. They have free no-hassle returns. Well, unless you consider driving down to the UPS store a hassle. They also have bike shoes in wide, unlike any of my LBSes.
I consider ordering something, waiting for delivery, finding it doesn't fit, repackaging it, taking the elevator to the lobby of my office building, depositing the package in the UPS box and then waiting for the exchanged item (that may or may not fit) to be a hassle. I bought a Rapha jersey for the GF for her birthday. Accidentally clicked the wrong size in the drop down menu and had to go through the return process.

Unless it's a known quantity, I almost never buy apparel on line. Plus, I like to see and handle what I am buying to help assess quality and fitness. I was looking at new MTB shoes at REI a while back. I had seen them on their web site. Seemed like some good deals until I picked up them and tested the souls. Too much flex for my taste.
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Old 05-11-15, 09:29 AM   #14
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I consider ordering something, waiting for delivery, finding it doesn't fit, repackaging it, taking the elevator to the lobby of my office building, depositing the package in the UPS box and then waiting for the exchanged item (that may or may not fit) to be a hassle. I bought a Rapha jersey for the GF for her birthday. Accidentally clicked the wrong size in the drop down menu and had to go through the return process.
Well it's less hassle than not finding shoes that fit you. I live somewhere fairly isolated, we have a couple of good LBSs that sell shoes and clothing, but their clothing range is limited (especially for Clydes) and shoes even more so. REI is 180 miles away from me (one state over), and there's not much else. With Zappos I can order a bunch of shoes, and then return all of them if necessary, the only real limit is my credit card limit. I agree this isn't optimal, but it's a good solution. I'm also a Zappos VIP so get free 1 day shipping (got this as my wife ran a marathon and got a coupon).

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Sadly I do not have a REI close. I can and will buy a lot of things online but shoes I have to try on. I do have a scheels close by and a sports authority I guess I will try them this week. Worst case I fill the tank up with gas and spend the week end hitting local shops sticking my foot in every damn pair I can find.
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I just bought a pair of Shimano SH-MO089 SPD Wide Shoes from JensonUSA. The only place I found wide and large up to 52 EU / 16 US. They do run small to US sizes, I wear 15 US and got the EU 52's and they fit well.

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I just bought a pair of Shimano SH-MO089 SPD Wide Shoes from JensonUSA. The only place I found wide and large up to 52 UK / 16 US. They do run small to US sizes, I wear 15 US and got the UK 52's and they fit well.
FYI 52 is the Euro size, not UK. UK shoes sizes are like US minus 1 (or sometimes 0.5).
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Sorry it was EU
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Traded with a friend. I was selling Warhammer 40k minis and he didn't like his shoes. But I was going to buy shoes within the next couple weeks and probably would've bought from my LBS. If they didn't have the shoes/pedals I wanted then Amazon (Shimano 105 pedals, maybe Ultegra if I had a bit of extra money and some road shoes to match). I ended up with a pair of Sidi shoes and Look pedals and certainly can't complain. If you have wider feet, try SPDs or other mountain biking shoes. They seem to run a bit wider. My wife is like a 6 wide in tennis shoes and wears her Shimano SPDs just fine.
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Sorry it was EU
It's OK. I'm from the UK and don't like these damn Euro sizes!
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Ok so what do I look for in a quality shoe? I have narrowed it down to a Road shoe but pedals are still open. I am guessing there is a sweet spot in regards to value and price so what do I have to spend to get a good shoe. Since I am already fat I'm not that concerned with weight, I don't see any reason to spend an extra 200 bucks if all it gets me is a few grams lighter. But I have no problem spending a few hundred bucks more if it makes the shoe that much better. Anyway thanks for your help again guys.
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got mine at chainlove on sale. No trying on at all. :|
I got my first pair of shoes in a store, then came across a killer deal on chainlove a few weeks later. So now I have two pairs of shoes.... because I'm an idiot and can't refuse a good deal
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I went to five shops and none had my size. What a waste of time but I understand their problem.

So, I decided to wing it and just bought two different pair online....fit was no good. Ate the cost.

Bought a pair of Sidi 6.6 48 Mega. Perfect. Online.
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I just cycle in merrell running shoes, and I buy them online.
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I have worn the heck out of the Forte line of shoes at Performance.
I have also found some comfortable Shimano and Garneau shoes that I tried on at the Performance store.

Good luck!
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