Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-07-07, 09:33 PM   #1
SeventySeven
Loses Every Race
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Bikes: Trek 2100, Trek Madone 5.5, Trek Fuel 6.5
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.)
SeventySeven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-08-07, 08:38 AM   #2
cyccommute 
Mad bike riding scientist
 
cyccommute's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Denver, CO
Bikes: Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
Posts: 17,801
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
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.
__________________
Stuart Black
New! Pokin' around the Poconos A cold ride around Lake Erie
New! Dinosaurs in Colorado A mountain bike guide to the Purgatory Canyon dinosaur trackway
Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.
cyccommute is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-07, 05:21 PM   #3
lgindoff
Larry G
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Morristown, NJ
Bikes: Trek Mountain Bike, Specialized Globe
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
lgindoff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-07, 12:45 PM   #4
Hitch
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Centreville, VA
Bikes: 2007 Specialized Tarmac Expert
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Hitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:56 AM.