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    So really, how much are cycling shoes?

    I'm getting a road bike soon. Don't think I'll ride clipless, but I also don't think my normal sneakers will be small enough for the straps (or whatever they're called). I know that there's clipless shoes out there that are made out of carbon fiber and are custom molded and all that jazz, for like 300 dollars. Not interested.

    How about...30 bucks? Anything?

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    09 Specialized Allez is what I'll be getting, btw.

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    $30 is pretty impossible. Double your budget and you might be able to find some online. Even used eBay ones will be more than $30. And with those you might be missing some parts needed such as cleats.

    As for your small straps, you can always get bigger toe clips and straps to accommodate your shoe/feet size for a lot less than $30 though I will say that riding clipless and not is a night and day difference - clipless hands down are better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanWCbus View Post
    I'm getting a road bike soon. Don't think I'll ride clipless, but I also don't think my normal sneakers will be small enough for the straps (or whatever they're called). I know that there's clipless shoes out there that are made out of carbon fiber and are custom molded and all that jazz, for like 300 dollars. Not interested.

    How about...30 bucks? Anything?
    There is more than just the issue of the shoe fitting into the clips. Bike shoes are much stiffer than sneakers. You will do fine with your sneakers if you limit your trips to ten miles or so. Any more, then bike shoes will be much more comfortable. You can pick up a decent pair of shoes for $50-$60. Nashbar has Lakes on sale for $35. Lake makes a great shoe.
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    Yeah, I know. I want to do clipless from the start. But I'm just weary of the price of shoes plus pedals.

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    Yea, they are expensive, but worth it. IMO get nice shoes but cheap pedals. As they go up, the pedals seem to be just lighter and stuff, nothing really in terms durability, etc. that non-rich racing folk need. Cheap shoes, on the other hand, are uncomfortable, not as stiff, andmore likely to fall apart. I ride $160 Shimanos and my old roommate rides $80 661s and mine are infinitely better. I am always blister free, my shoes are actually breathable, and mine are not falling apart already.

    If you are not too worried about it you can go to pricepoint.com and get a combo deal. They seem like good deals for decent shoes and pedals.

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    You can find Shimano MT 20's or Mt 21's for about $40-$50. They will work with your toeclips, and when you are ready for clipless you can get a set of SPD or Eggbeater pedals and you will be set. Don't let the roadies try and tell you you have to have road pedals, with mountain bike pedals you will be the only one at rest stops on club rides who can walk like a normal person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanWCbus View Post
    Yeah, I know. I want to do clipless from the start. But I'm just weary of the price of shoes plus pedals.
    You don't have to buy the pedals right off. Just buy the shoes. They come with inserts to cover where the clips go. When you are ready, buy the pedals and remove the covers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    You don't have to buy the pedals right off. Just buy the shoes. They come with inserts to cover where the clips go. When you are ready, buy the pedals and remove the covers.
    This, I did not know. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    You don't have to buy the pedals right off. Just buy the shoes. They come with inserts to cover where the clips go. When you are ready, buy the pedals and remove the covers.

    This depends on the type of shoe. All road shoes and most MTB shoes do not have the covers, and work like crap when used with toe clips and straps.
    You will find the covers on touring style shoes with a flexible sole. These only work with MTB(two bolt cleat) pedals. This style pedal is your best bet anyway.
    Even in a bike shop you can get shoes for less than $80 and pedals in the $55 range. And there they will set them up and give you fun tips on how to not appear the fool at the first stop light.

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    Just remember, a pair of cycling shoes will last several years, as you don't walk in them much and you don't even wear that much anyway.
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    You can get a reasonable pair for about $60.
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    Warning: Contrarian view ahead.
    I've been riding almost 40 years as an adult, and about five years ago, after trying several types of clipless pedal/shoe "systems," I went back to toe clips, straps and cheap mountain bike shoes without cleats. I don't go any slower on any of my training rides, I don't get tired sooner, I climb just as well (technically, just as badly) and I can go in for coffee without walking like a duck. Plus my feet are free to rotate a little, which saves stress on the knees.
    Under those conditions, you can look for cheap shoes on sale at places like Nashbar and often find them for less than $50. For me, at least, there are no drawbacks. And I DO ride long rides. No centuries this year, but at least a dozen in the last seven or eight years, and many rides 50+.

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    Spend the money and get the road shoes and clips. I rode with sneakers for a few weeks and couldn't believe how much better the bike shoes and clips were for me. The shoes at a LBS were $65.00 and the pedals with clips were $45.00. You will only regret it the first time that you can't unclip and you fall over. It WILL happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by z415 View Post
    Yea, they are expensive, but worth it. IMO get nice shoes but cheap pedals. As they go up, the pedals seem to be just lighter and stuff, nothing really in terms durability, etc. that non-rich racing folk need. Cheap shoes, on the other hand, are uncomfortable, not as stiff, andmore likely to fall apart. I ride $160 Shimanos and my old roommate rides $80 661s and mine are infinitely better. I am always blister free, my shoes are actually breathable, and mine are not falling apart already.
    I am a big believer in buying nice shoes and wouldn't ride without clipless pedals.

    On the cheap pedals... My experience is that the cheap ones work fine, but do not last nearly as long. My daughter used some Performance (Forte) campus pedals for the Trans America. They worked fine, but after 6000 miles are pretty badly shot. My Shimanos have more than twice that mileage and a lot of it was on the MTB in muddy conditions. They still are like new.

    So the cheap pedals may be fine, but they may get all sloppy and have a ton of play in the cleat attachment area in a few thousand miles. Then again a few thousand miles is a really long time for some riders.

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    my specialized shoes were 40 bucks and awesome.

    i recommend mtb shoes over road shoes. its nice to have the ability to walk and cycle, I've heard of people with road shoes getting flats or something and having to walk their bike barefoot back home. and i just don't see any amazing advantage they would give you over mtb shoes.
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    I changed from an inexpensive pair of SIDI to their more expensive ones a few years back, the Genius 5 which was like $220. The reason was because of injury and a subsequent pro bike fitting.

    Not only the shoes, but the orthotics were an issue. I had orthotics, the hard plastic ones, from my running days.

    Are the new SIDI shoes better than the older cheapies? Yes. But does it have any tangible effects? Well, I rode an organized century with the old pair because the new bike was at the shop. I even rode with the old pair for training rides for the same century. Lots of miles, maybe over 500 not incluidng the century. No injuries, no discomfort. So there.

    I continue to ride with the old pair of SIDI because the two bikes have different Speedplay pedal systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanWCbus View Post
    I'm getting a road bike soon. Don't think I'll ride clipless, but I also don't think my normal sneakers will be small enough for the straps (or whatever they're called). I know that there's clipless shoes out there that are made out of carbon fiber and are custom molded and all that jazz, for like 300 dollars. Not interested.

    How about...30 bucks? Anything?
    I paid exactly $30 for the Forte Traverse II pair I'm using now (though shipping was extra). The current model in this line is the Traverse 4, which Performance shows for about $50.

    These are about four years old now--and they are MTB shoes, not road shoes. Also I may have hooked a pair right as they were closing out, as the Traverse 3's were coming in.

    I looked around for a long time and noticed that the low-end road shoes tended to be priced considerably higher than the low-end MTB shoes. Perhaps it is that off-roading shoes get dirty and torn up faster, and so MTB'ers won't pay as high prices for them--but I don't really know, I just calls em like I sees em. I'd strongly suggesting asking (about cheap shoes) in the MTB forum.

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    One final note: you often see people posting a question about "what's a good shoe for on and off bike", and (no offense to the uninformed but) THERE AIN'T NONE. If you plan a ride where you will ride and walk a lot, you will NEED to bring some normal shoes for the walking part. ANY clipless shoe is going to have a sole too stiff for comfortable walking, and they're going to have a bump where the cleat attaches.
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    the best lo budget yet top end raceable 40 buck system is

    standard pedals
    toe clip plastic or metal. straps.... fat leather ones.
    walmart basketball shoes


    strap your foot DOWN and hammer. it is a racable setup,
    it just doesn't have the same comfort, and power transfer is robbed,
    but with a BB shoe and fat sole you will not pull out of that setup.

    cheap MTB shoes 150 and pedals 50 is the next level


    OH crap sorry the performance Forte route I forgot. yes that is the correct lo buck standard model.
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    You can get decent shoes for $50-75 and clipless pedals as low as $25 from any of the many online bike shops (nashbar, persormance, bikeisland, jensonusa, pricepoint, etc.)

    My sister-in-law just purchased these SPD's from bikeisland and they are a great value for the price.

    You could use this $50 Nashbar shoe.

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