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    freddled gruntbuggly
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    Lightweight clipless shoe

    Hi all,

    This is my very first post! (*joy*)

    I did see the other post below about first-time use of clipless pedals but I thought I would start a new thread because I have a specific question.

    I would class myself as a serious MTBer (50+ miles in a ride is quite normal) - and for years and years I've been doing this with good ol' toe clips and plimsoles. (Yes, plimsoles even in the British winter at sub-zero temperatures!)

    I have recently bought a new road bike to compliment the mountain bike (so I can go even further and faster!) and it comes with SPDs ... so I have decided to give in and get SPD shoes.

    The trouble is that I have gotten so used to riding in plimsoles that all the SPD shoes I've tried on seem so huge, heavy and clunky! It feels like I'm wearing rocks on my feet ... Can anyone recommend a very lightweight SPD shoe that doesn't have a fully-rigid sole? (I don't like the fully rigid soles, they're a pain in the arse to walk in). Ideally I'd like a stiffened plimsole with an SPD attachment

    Cheers,

    Mike.

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    Just hunt around for the cheapest SPD ompatible shoes you can, they're usually pretty flexy.

    Then, once you've gone through the painful feet, numb toes and hotspots, I'd strongly recommend you get the stiffest spd shoes you can find.
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    Road shoe are suppose to have stiff soles.
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    freddled gruntbuggly
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    Hi Guys,

    Well, I went for a pair of Specialized shoes that I found in my local bike shop, perfect fit (unlike the Shimanos and Five Tens, which were both too narrow for my feet) and very solid to ride in.

    What a difference! It took me one ride to get used to the clips and I feel like I have so much more control and power! Bunny hops, wheelies and drifts are so much easier! I did almost fall over once when the ol' brain instinctively told me to pull my foot backwards out of the non-existent toe-clip. Other than that, top banana

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raleigh Chopper View Post
    Hi Guys,

    Well, I went for a pair of Specialized shoes that I found in my local bike shop, perfect fit (unlike the Shimanos and Five Tens, which were both too narrow for my feet) and very solid to ride in.

    What a difference! It took me one ride to get used to the clips and I feel like I have so much more control and power! Bunny hops, wheelies and drifts are so much easier! I did almost fall over once when the ol' brain instinctively told me to pull my foot backwards out of the non-existent toe-clip. Other than that, top banana
    Good job, dude!
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