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Old 08-31-05, 11:50 PM   #1
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cheap riding shoes

I'm planning on starting this commuting thing very soon, and I've got sources for some cheap, plain jerseys/shorts, but are there any cycling shoes less than $50? Can I just use some velcroed sneakers (assuming, of course, i can find some adult ones)?
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Old 09-01-05, 12:00 AM   #2
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Before I went with SPD clipless pedals, I used a pair of retro looking Reeboks. Just make sure your fit is right, because a poor fit will feel like crap. Also try to find a shoe with a simply/flat sole, unlike a high-tech running shoe platform for example.


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For commuting, I use my cheap Exustar 920 road shoes. Got them from Performance on sale for $30. They are fine for commuting., I actually like them quite alot for recreational riding. I also got a set of Nashbar Ventoux pedals on sale for $30.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2110

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Do you want to use clipless pedals? These are really only an advantage for longer, fast-paced commutes. For shorter distances you dont go much faster.
I use fairly retro-styled running shoes which avoid the knobbles and mouldings of modern styles. When using toe clips, this allows a slicker entry and exit.
You should avoid really floppy soles if possible, you need a bit of stiffness. Cycling shoes have much stiffer soles than running shoes.
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I have Exustar SM600 shoes. Can't find them on sale anywhere but I got them from Nashbar last fall for well under $50.
They can be used like sneakers with flat pedals or can accomodate any type of clipless pedal/cleat combo - SPD, EggBeaters, etc.
Exustar also has the SM501 and SM820 that look a lot like sneakers, if that is what you're interested in.
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I bought cheap shoes this spring. Commuter/toruing jobs on sale for like $40. My toes went numb in 2 miles. Spent the $$$ on a new pair of Sidi's and haven't looked back.
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Old 09-01-05, 06:24 PM   #7
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I bought the Performance Forte Traverse II for about 30 bucks. I have used them now for about 2k commuting miles and they are in good shape. Using them with the Performance SPD type pedals with no problems so far.
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Toeclips and old crappy sneakers do it for me. When I ride down 4 miles of muddy gravel in the rain, I'm glad I'm not wearing anything that cost > $5.
I think about going SPD once in a while, but I'm more into commuting due to environmentalism than anything else, and I kind of like simplicity and getting the most for a buck; paying $100+ for shoes and again for pedals doesn't fit well with that.
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Whats up with the sizes of cycling shoes!? they all seem to be in the 40's
Is there a conversion chart to normal USA sizes? I wear a 15 and I thought I had big feet
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look in your sneakers... a lot of times they'll have a euro size next to your american size.

I wear a 7 or 7.5 in mens... ends up being about 40 or 40.5.
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Whats up with the sizes of cycling shoes!? they all seem to be in the 40's
Is there a conversion chart to normal USA sizes? I wear a 15 and I thought I had big feet
My shoes are 48's size 13.5 USA (that is a Answer shoe size)

I have noticed that different companies have different sizes... (Shimano 48 = 13 inches)

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Here is a good shoe sizing chart.

http://www.nashbar.com/tech/sizebody.cfm
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If you have pedals with toe clips you can ride just fine with sneakers, and upgrade to clipless and proper bike shoes when funds allow -- you will really notice the difference. Try to get stiffish sneakers with good foot support rather than thin-soled, floppy ones. You can also ride with Teva sandals or stuff like that. Key thing is to ride after all.
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http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
The link opens a Lake shoe on sale for $45.

I bought the Lake BX-60 five years ago. They're heavy but a very good commuting shoe. It has thick leather where the crank arm rubs against the shoe, the cleat recess is just the right depth to avoid contact on most floors but permits easy connection with SPD pedals, and laces to give you as tight a fit as you want.
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I've ridden with $5 plastic pedals, no toe clips and sneakers, and it was fine. Don't tell anyone over in OCP land.
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So if I decide to go clipless, what's a good pedal that works summer and winter? Would mountain pedals that are designed to put up with mud help in the winter when there is snow and such around?
I read a journal of a cross country tourist that found he liked mountain shoes and speedplay frogs on his bike, so he could walk around without carrying extra shoes, and he liked the extra play of the frogs.
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Just saw these on sale at Performance for $30.98.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2120
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