Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Suburban Chicago
Bikes: Surly Instigator
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Steel toes are great for off-road or rough urban technical riding where you might bash your toes or
ankles on rocks, roots, curbs, handrails, shopping carts or dumpsters. I've got this idea for a strap-on
cleat adapter so I can use them with my clipless pedals. My first prototype model kinda sucked though.
Whenever I put my clipless MTB shoes on my ankles feel so naked and my cranks attack them mercilessly.
I've inadvertently developed the habit of "grabbing" the cranks with my ankles in much the same way that
I "grab" the seat or top tube with my thighs for balance and frame control on rough terrain. With boots on
it's not an issue, with shoes on, OW! Ankle scabs take forever to heal.