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Old 09-16-09, 03:19 AM   #1
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Best place to buy cycling shoes online?

These days cycling shoes are becoming specialized and come in a huge variety of styles with very specific functions. Its really a challenging task to choose perfect cycling shoes. Just wondering the best place to buy cycling shoes online at genuine prices. Well, I found a nice selection of cycling shoes at REI.COM
Whats you suggest...
Any help and suggestion will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-16-09, 06:10 AM   #2
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I highly suggest if you're determined to go online to buy you shop locally first to find the shoe you want. There's such disparity in fit and sizing in cycling shoes that getting the right ones the first time is going to be pretty sketchy.

After you do that, then Google is your friend for the lowest pricing
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IMO, buying shoes online is a fool's errand. Go to a shop and try them on. You may luck out, but there's so much variation in fit among brands that you can spend weeks shipping stuff back and forth.
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Don't go to a bike shop and try shoes on and then go buy them on line, it's just not right. If you want the service pay for it.
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Don't go to a bike shop and try shoes on and then go buy them on line, it's just not right. If you want the service pay for it.
That may work for some. Many LBS's around here have shoe boxes lined up against the wall and you do everything yourself. Where's the service I'm paying for there?

I agree to a point, I'd never go into an LBS and get fitted for a bike then go buy online..
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I agree to a point, I'd never go into an LBS and get fitted for a bike then go buy online..

Whats the difference the shop pays rent on the building, the shop pays for the invintory for you to try on. If youre going to try them on at the shop, buy that first pair at the shop.
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IMHO. Shoes and helmets should never be purchased online unless you are buying exactly what your are wearing right now. as someone alrready mentioned there is too many difference. just because you wear 39 look #b65 does mot mean you will wear a 39 Look # j87. support you local bike shop.
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That may work for some. Many LBS's around here have shoe boxes lined up against the wall and you do everything yourself. Where's the service I'm paying for there?

I agree to a point, I'd never go into an LBS and get fitted for a bike then go buy online..


It definitely costs the store a ton of money to have inventory like that. To get fit there and be able to buy/walk away with the right shoe is a huge service. Having stock on hand is a luxury many LBS's can't afford to do. And while I appreciate that it costs a ton of money, I'm also not a hardline LBS supporter on items they don't stock. I know they can order it for me, but then so can I.
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Used > New - if you want to save $$$

The only two pair of cycling shoes I have were bought online (both used condition without trying anything on in the stores). I've been real lucky both times (each set has fit). Am I taking a risk? - Maybe, though my theory is that if I cannot wear it - someone else will buy it after I relist it.

First pair were off of Craigslist, size 44 uk - paid <$30 shipped, the brand doesn't exist anymore (was an Italian brand); however, it was the same brand that the big name American cyclist (not Lance) wore in the TDF back in '81 I believe. Louis Something I think his name was. These shoes showed no wear and were in like new condition.

Second pair (and my new favorite) were off of E-bay, size 44.5 uk - paid <$92 shipped for Sidi Ergo 1 (also an Italian brand) - which is an "excellent" shoe to buy online because of the adjustments (just make sure you get your length about right, and at less than $100 shipped I feel I got it at an excellent price point). These were obviously used, but still have a lot of life left in them and it gave me a shot at trying a pair of Sidi's I could actually afford.

If I ever wear out these two pair of shoes, then I'll go used again - not much difference between new and used in my opinion - especially when you're wanting to "try" the top of the line shoe sets - and if a season or two old doesn't mean much to you. I'm not a pro cyclists, but those Sidi's sure do feel good (maybe it's because they've been broken in already, or maybe it's just they're that good)... and if I paid $300 for a new pair my spouse would be pissed.

... and why buy a new pair of mediocre brand new cycling shoes for <$100 when you still have to break them in with a changing "comfort feeling" over their lifetime (if they even feel comfortable) when you can get something used that is very adjustable, cleanable, repairable, and feels great on your feet from the start? With the limited amount of cycling I do, I could not have gotten a better deal. Having been drooling over Sidi's for a while, my wife knew how much they typically cost on E-bay and was ready to pounce until I told her to relax as I only paid $92 shipped for them.

Happy with used shoes, definetly... lucky, maybe. Would I ever buy a new pair? Yeah, but only when I get to the age of having everything else paid off.

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