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Old 02-23-05, 11:53 AM   #1
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I had a few gift certificates from Christmas burning a hole in my pocket, so I picked up a set of Crank Brothers Eggbeater C pedals.

Now I need some shoes. I'm limitted to one of my LBSs since I want to use the gift card.
They have a pair of Northwave Elite 2001 MTB shoes. The shop no longer sells Northwave shoes, so the price is marked down to $67 CND (don't remember the MSRP). Everything else in the store is out of my price range.

Mostly I ride point A to B & have "street" shoes to change into. Occasionaly I'll run errands to the corner store, video store etc. - no major walking though.

This is my first set of clipless pedals/shoes, so I have no idea what brands have good/bad reputations etc.

Would the Northwave Elite be ok for commuting? I ride a hybrid, mostly on the street/paved paths.

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Old 02-23-05, 01:33 PM   #2
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Oh, yah,
Although I bike through the winter, I plan on using the eggbeaters spring, summer, fall & platforms in the winter.
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Old 02-23-05, 05:00 PM   #3
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Helooooo...
Anybody out there?
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Old 02-25-05, 09:28 PM   #4
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Well, I assumed the indifference/no response means there's no major concerns with the Northwave Elite MTB cycling shoes &/or using them for commuting.

I bought the pair at the LBS using my gift card. They're old stock, but the price was right & they are comfortable. They are actually mostly black & silver/grey with a bit of red... not a gaudy as I thought.

I'll hold off using the clipless pedals till the roads are clear of snow/ice. This is my first set of clipless pedals... I don't want to learn clipping in/out on ice.
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Old 02-25-05, 09:45 PM   #5
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Sorry I have not seen these shoes and cannot comment on them. How are they working out so far?
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Any MTB shoe should work very well for commuting. Any shoe that you are comfortable in is the best shoe for you. I have some $30 Wellgo shoes that Performance had on sale that feel great, and those are my commuting shoes.
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Old 02-25-05, 10:04 PM   #7
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Sorry I have not seen these shoes and cannot comment on them. How are they working out so far?
I won't know for a while... need to wait for clear streets... to chicken. I've never used clipless pedals before, so it'd be wise for me to wait for good roads before I give it a try.
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http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Shoes/product_22941.shtml
If you scroll down you'll find posts dating back to the 2001 model year.
Durability is important in a commuting shoe so a heavier pair that will last is a worthwhile compromise. Avoid seams on the inner side of the shoe...it'll wear due to rubbing against the crankarm during months of use. If that area's covered with thick leather so much the better. A recess in the sole that keeps the cleat from making contact while walking is also preferable...it avoids wear on the cleat and the "clack, clack, clack" on concrete or tile.
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If you're considering SPD but are nervous about the cleats and falling maybe you can try the multi-release kind. These work great but generally need adjusting so your foot clips in or out of the clip easily.

Tonight on my way home, I suddenly encountered a pile of 2" deep sand. I would have crashed but the multi-release is like a ski-binding, when you want out, any which way your turn your foot...you're out. I dropped the bike but didn't fall.

Around 20F they tend to be hard to clip into...don't know how they do in heavy snow.
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