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    I'm a size 13, and have Speedplay pedals... Where should I start looking for shoes?

    And, ideally, shoes that don't cost $200+, like every single pair of shoes from the LBS. They just hit me for $200 for a bar tape, and purchase/install all brake/shifter cables, so I think that's enough spent with them for now...
    Just in looking at the shoes I see around, I would imagine I'm going to need some sort of a special ordered wide pair. Anyway, anyone a size 13 shoe have some tips for me?
    Dammit, I want to start riding already!!!


    Thanks!

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    dude, did they wrap the bars in gold leaf???? brake cables are 10 bucks, bar tape is 20 at the most, where is the rest of the $200 coming from. My recommendation is figure out what size 13 is in european sizing, a lot os cycling shoes are listed in european sizes. Check Bonktown.com, seems like several tiems daily they are posting cycling shoes, you may find a nice pair of expensive shoes for very cheap there

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    Well, I saw on the receipt that it was cork tape of sorts... I think the installation of each cable was $15... And, well, yeah, I'd like to know where the rest of it went, too.. I mean, I do live in 'The Hamptons', which apparently is a separate country with tariffs that include gas no less than $4/gallon, amongst other things.. meanwhile, I called another shop, and they quoted me $125, installed, and bars taped... So, I'm only focusing on the $75 I'm missing... ;c/ Hey, but they threw in a $10 Specialized seat for free! (it was a take-off from another bike I suppose..)
    Man, I always knew that place was a rip off..
    And, thanks for the tip on the shoes...

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    i live in new york city so the hamptons are gonna be priced comparably. they ripped you off, but they could have made an honest mistake. I don't care if it's cork tape, it's $20. To some degree labor rates are based on the time it takes to do everything. a pro bike shop mechanic can change 2 brake cables, properly adjust, and rewrap bars in under 20 minutes. not to mention you paid them their inflated prices for the items ( I don't get mad at bike shops for having crazy markups, they ahve brick and mortar shops and a lot more cost than internet based people but a lot of shops will install for free if you buy it from them)

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    I wear size 13 or size 14 shoes, depending on brand, and have worn two different styles of Specialized shoes in size 49. The latest pair, I got for half-off in a close-out at a local store. Shop around!
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    Well, I had just thrown the shifters, and brakes on there myself prior to bringing it in.. He had quoted me $200, "it's really a bike build" is what he said. But, then I told him I threw the stuff on there.. I'm going to have a word with the owner when I have the chance.. I'll just explain to him that what I was charged was $75 more than a shop that's 20 minutes away... And, ask why.. Apparently they were out for my $200, no matter what they did to the bike...
    Thanks again for the input folks... Dammit, I want shoes, so I can ride!? But, I don't even know where to go.. I guess I'll start by returning the favor, and taking the shop for a ride while I try on their stuff, and buy online for cheap.. Yeah, brick and mortar vs. online sucks.. Too bad it's reality.. Unless there's value added (ie. they'll throw the cleats on and adjust them for me), it's just not worth it.. And, judging by their track record so far, I highly doubt they're offering anything but air, for free..
    As for Specialized.. The bike is a Specialized, and for some reason I've been finding myself leaning towards them for shoes, too.. Maybe because I've seen some decent deals throughout craigslist, or ebay, on them... Thanks

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    You can try craigs list - people buy bike shoes all the time and never use them.

    I recently bought a new pair of Shimano shoes at an LBS, they were about $100 and I'm pretty happy with them. I don't really require high-style, super light, custom molded, self-pedaling shoes for my riding style.

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    I didn't know Shimano made shoes over size 12. Since I wear 13s, they're right out.

    Pearl Izumi makes some 13s, and they have some decent shoes -- I think my last pair ran about $130.

    Sidi shoes are worth the price for me, but the top of the line is over $200. I don't know what the lower end runs.

    Are you using Frogs or road pedals? All my new shoes take a little carving to accomodate Frog cleats.

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    Hey, thanks for the input.. I just got a pair of Sidi Zephyr (Carbon sole) in a 46.5 MEGA, for $160.. I think they list on some other sits for $120, but they no longer had my size.. So, $160 for Sidi's didn't seem too bad.. I bit, and they're arriving today! I should have everything I need for a preliminary ride now!! Of course, that seat makes me think I need a pair of padded shorts.. And, judging by my typical gratuitous displays of plumbers crack, perhaps a bib isn't a bad idea...

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    Wow..small world! I just posted a pair Im selling on craigslist.

    Shimano SH-R310 Cycling Shoe in a size 47.. ...

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    Bah! Well, I needed a wide (mega) anyways. Otherwise I would have checked them out...

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    I was in a similar boat. I have long feet (14 or 15 depending on maker) and I wound up having to bite the bullet and spend the money on a pair of Sidi Genius. Its an unfortunate truth that jerseys that fit are hell to find, but shoes are even harder.

    the good part is that I have been very happy with the Sidis since i got them. I wont have any qualms about getting another pair when the time comes.

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