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    Retractable Cleats

    Surely I'm not the only one who's pondered this.

    Everyone who's ever used road shoes knows that they're a pain in the ass to walk around in. Big corporations like Shimano must have noticed this by now. How come they haven't developed a shoe with can retract the cleat back into the body? Of course, there will always be a compromise whether it be in stiffness or weight, etcetera. However, I'd be willing to sacrifice that for ankles that work. When I first started road cycling I used road shoes, so I've switched over to using MTB shoes since the cleat doesn't lift my foot up.

    What about tennis/running shoes with retractable cleats? I'd definitely invest in a pair of those. I'm not willing to put platform/clipless combination peddles on my bike just yet, so a shoe that I could walk around in then jump onto my bike in would be fantastic. I guess there'd be very little stiffness in such a shoe, but again, I wouldn't be racing in that shoe so it's okay.


    (NOTE: I think the second one's been brought up before, I just thought I'd bring it up one more time.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeventySeven View Post
    Surely I'm not the only one who's pondered this.

    Everyone who's ever used road shoes knows that they're a pain in the ass to walk around in. Big corporations like Shimano must have noticed this by now. How come they haven't developed a shoe with can retract the cleat back into the body? Of course, there will always be a compromise whether it be in stiffness or weight, etcetera. However, I'd be willing to sacrifice that for ankles that work. When I first started road cycling I used road shoes, so I've switched over to using MTB shoes since the cleat doesn't lift my foot up.

    What about tennis/running shoes with retractable cleats? I'd definitely invest in a pair of those. I'm not willing to put platform/clipless combination peddles on my bike just yet, so a shoe that I could walk around in then jump onto my bike in would be fantastic. I guess there'd be very little stiffness in such a shoe, but again, I wouldn't be racing in that shoe so it's okay.


    (NOTE: I think the second one's been brought up before, I just thought I'd bring it up one more time.)
    Why not just use the mountain bike shoes? Every bit as good as road shoes and you can walk in them.
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    Larry G
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    I got a pair of Specialized mountain bike shoes and if the surface isn't 100% smooth, they scrape. I ruined my tile floor with mine. Be careful if you care about the floor you walk on. I never had road shoes, but mine are a lot closer to walkable than the road shoes.

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    Not sure if Id trust retractable cleats. Would be afraid theyd come loose and would wiggle and rattle like crazy.

    Good news - you have options:
    If you use Look pedals - you can get cleat covers for them that will allow you to walk on any surface and not scratch them up. Also makes it easier to walk on. You only have to slip them on or off. theyll easily fit in your jersey pockets.


    For SPD pedals, they make cleats with plastic 'pontoons' that are thicker than the metal cleats. I used these with my SPDs, and was able to walk on cement and hardpacked sand no problem.
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