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Old 07-31-09, 10:34 PM   #1
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stiff sport commuting shoes

I'm looking for an SPD clipless shoe with road stiffness sport style good for a fast day on the bike as well as relatively -omfy walkability.

I tried on these bontrager street shoes today and found them to feel cheap.

This style is just what i'd like: stiff, light and breathable. But I'd like it in a better-built shoe.

suggestions?

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Old 08-01-09, 01:09 AM   #2
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Unless you've tried them already and don't like them, I'd reccommend you try toe clips (or, god, even Power Grips haha). Unless you're racing or your commute is a LONG way, clipless might not be the best solution.

Don't get me wrong, clipless work, (really well), but you can get cycling-specific, stiff-soled shoes that aren't clipless. My uncle has a pair and I can get you the names of them (all I remember is that their made by Shimano; he had another pair that he used for years) tomorrow if you want.
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Old 08-01-09, 09:14 AM   #3
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I appreciate the feedback, but i'm pretty well married to clipless.

I haven't ridden in clips, but if you have suggestions about which clips and shoes work well I'll give them a shot
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Unless you've tried them already and don't like them, I'd reccommend you try toe clips (or, god, even Power Grips haha). Unless you're racing or your commute is a LONG way, clipless might not be the best solution.

Don't get me wrong, clipless work, (really well), but you can get cycling-specific, stiff-soled shoes that aren't clipless. My uncle has a pair and I can get you the names of them (all I remember is that their made by Shimano; he had another pair that he used for years) tomorrow if you want.
Nowadays, it's much easier to find good stiff shoes that are made for clipless, than the old style touring shoes that are not compatible with clipless.

Shimano makes several decent shoes for touring, that work well for commuting.

For the last couple of years, I've been using a pair of their older MT31 model...but I'm thinking of upgrading to the MT41G.


Combined with Shimano's M324 pedal (clip-in on one side, platform on the other), it's a good combo for commuting.




Here are a couple of other Shimano touring-style shoes:

http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...21.-type-.html

http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...52.-type-.html

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Love my Shimano MT50 shoes. My commute is about 8 miles, a couple hills and plenty of traffic. The shoes are good on and off the bike. I think I will try to go without a Velcro strap for my next pair when these wear out, but otherwise, they are what I would look for.
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Oh yeah, I totally fogot about those, SSP! Haha, they do work well. I guess I was thinking of more road shoes rather than MTB.

As for toe clips and and pedals, I use some MKS Touring pedals with MKS alloy clips and Pake Space Straps (but there are many leather straps that people really like).
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ive been thinking about the louis garneau multi lg shoes. get them and review them. i will pay you nothing and reap the benefit
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Specialized Taho. Great shoes, but the footbed didn't quite work for me so I had to rebay them.

Most companies make shoes in this category. It's mostly about what fits your feet the best.

I've personally ruled out a number of brands, including Shimano, Sidi, Northwave and Specialized (very close but not quite right.

Diadora shoes are great for flat feet. Hard to find though.

On my list of things to try are LG and Lake.
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These are my commuting shoe of choice.


I commute between 20-30 miles on my fixed gear and I recently gave up my clipless pedals/shoes for some good old fashioned platform pedals. Took me about 2 days to get used to the change. I have to admit that I wont go back. I love being able to pedal in whatever shoes I happen to be wearing at the time. I no longer need a change of shoes at the office. Now that I think about it I'm a bit retro-grouchy. I love lugged steel frames, saddlebags and front baskets. I suppose my transformation is complete!

Give platforms a try though, you may end up enjoying them.
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I've worn these for a few years. good value:

http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...=1249175885678
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Unless you've tried them already and don't like them, I'd reccommend you try toe clips (or, god, even Power Grips haha). Unless you're racing or your commute is a LONG way, clipless might not be the best solution.
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I'm looking for an SPD clipless shoe with road stiffness sport style good for a fast day on the bike as well as relatively -omfy walkability.

I tried on these bontrager street shoes today and found them to feel cheap.

This style is just what i'd like: stiff, light and breathable. But I'd like it in a better-built shoe.

suggestions?

thanks.
http://www.bicyclebuys.com/item/SHT090PART


This is Shimano's current touring shoe. I have a pair of an older model, the SH TO-85. I like it so much I have a spare pair in my closet. Looks like a road shoe. Walkable rubber sole. Kangaroo leather upper. Mesh inserts. Outstanding shoe.

Those Bontragers look cool. Shame about the build quality.
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Thanks everyone!

I ended up ordering two of the Shamano SH-FN51s

one in 43 and one in 44 so i can make sure i get a good fit.

My only hope is that they are stiff enough!!

I will report back here once they arrive and i have had a chance to take them for a ride.
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I use a cheaper version of those, the FN22's. They are spinner shoes and I love them for commuting and just riding around. The soles are a little flexy but very comfortable for walking around without clicking.
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So I've been riding these Shamano SH-FN51 shoes for a few weeks now and they're great.

I haven't commuted in them yet, but I've been on and off the bike with them and they are light, cool and just-stiff-enough.

the BOA closure system works really well. You feel very attached to the bike because the shoe fits like your skin.

Highly recommended for convenient and fast ride/walk action

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Old 08-25-09, 10:11 PM   #16
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specialized; BG SONOMA SHOE
75 bucks, and no laces to mess with.

i took back the shimano's and got these.
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