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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 12-27-11, 11:14 PM   #1
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Road Shoes

I've had two pair of Nike road shoes (entry level) which were super comfortable on long rides. The last pair are about dead now and I need a recommendation for a replacement and really can't afford to make mistake this time. I bought a pair of Pearl Izumi shoes a while back and they really have some hot spot issues. Anyone out there ever own Nike shoes and found a good brand to replace them with?
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Old 12-27-11, 11:33 PM   #2
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I ride w/ my Nike MTB shoes most of the time.
But before I was alternating them with an older SIDI
road shoes(2 bolt and 3 bolt pedal compatible),
Dominator I think is the model. The SIDI was just
as comfortable as my Nike but it was hard for me to
walk w/ the exposed cleat so I just stick w/ my MTB
shoes most of the time.

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Old 12-27-11, 11:40 PM   #3
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I use the Sidi Genius and they have been great. You may also want to use a Specialized (or similar) BG insole. I have Pearl Izumi insoles in my Sidis and they together give me a very comfortable experience.
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Old 12-28-11, 01:50 AM   #4
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I'm a big fan of Specialized shoes and insoles. Much better than the Shimano shoes I've owned...
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Over the years I've had Nike, Specialized, Diadora and Sidi shoes in mtb and road versions and for the money Sidi's are my hands down favorites. Sidi's cost more than the others but they are super comfortable, really well made and all of the hardware(buckles, straps, heel pads) is replaceable so you can get a lot more life out of them. I have a pair of sidi road shoes that have been in service since 99 and while scuffed and not so pretty they are still going strong.
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I wear Specialized shoes. I'm in a somewhat unique situation because I won't wear leather, so I had to search out a shoe that was non-leather. That eliminated pretty much everything Shimano made at the time and everything Carnac made (the two other brands my LBS sold). I ended up going with the Specialized Comp road shoe. The newest version has a fiberglass sole, but mine has a carbon sole.

I have found that people either love or hate Specialized shoes because of the insole. Specialized used their "body geometry" stuff on their shoes, and it works great for me. I know other people who can't stand them.

I would happily recommend them with the caveat that you try them out first.
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I wear nike shoes too and found the fit just perfect for my feet.. I keep my eyes on ebay all the time and new old stock pop up all the time..
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I love my Bonts, and I have never even tried to mold them in the oven. They feel far more comfortable than the Sidi Genius 5s that I used for years.
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I used to use Bont boots when I was an inline speed skater (although I don't think "speed" ever really described me that well). I loved them. I've been intrigued by their bike shoes, and as soon as I can justify buying new shoes I'm going to try them out.
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... really can't afford to make mistake this time.
Buy them at REI. Get a full refund if they aren't right for you.
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I went from Specialized mtb shoes to a better fitting Shimano WM-61. The Womens-specific fit really does fit me better. When I had a road bike, I had an old pair of Sidi's that were tight, but comfy too. Nice shoes but I hated the duck-walk cleat.
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Old 12-28-11, 10:39 PM   #12
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Thanks to everyone who replied, lots of useful suggestions.
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I actually have the Shimano M-122 and they were really comfortable. I use them when I commute as they have a soft sole with great grip on slippery building floors.
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