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    hauling normal shoes around with you to change into when you get where your going...

    I currently have a camelback mule which will hold my keys, wallet, water (of course), pump, patch kit, krypto ULOCK and long cable, and misc tools. One thing that it wont hold is a spot for a pair of shoes.

    I dont want a HUGE pack but one step up from a 3 -4 yo MULE CamelBack would be what im looking for. I Dont have a rack (and dont desire one) although im sure this would probably help me stay cooler

    Any thoughts or recommendations? Hell if i could find a pair of simple foam shoes to throw in there id be happy. I thought about putting flip flops in there and i could change into those once i hit my destination. THat doesnt solve the problem of where i put my cycling shoes once i have my flip flops on

    Panniers are not somthing i would currently consider although i have been thinking that if they made a pannier set that would unclip from the bike and then clip together to form a back pack......that woudl be pretty cool. DOesnt really address my problem specifically but on a long journey that would be neat. Clip 2 or 4 small packs together and throw it on your back to hike your destination. I have seen where they come off and can be carried with a handle but nothing back pack style.

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    Panniers require a rack. You have already stated that you don't have a rack, and don't want one.

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    It might depend on your destination.

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    I have recently rediscovered toe clips. I have some old (20 years or more) touring cycling shoes. I can ride to the gym, workout and ride home without changing shoes. The shoes also work fine for shopping or visiting that is my destination. My current problem is finding a new pair of suitable cycling shoes.

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    Too many variables. First, why can't you use platform pedals and use your regular shoes? Or maybe something like the two sided SPD pedals where one side is platform? For me, if I'm planning on getting off the bike for a period of time and walk around, I take my "city" bike with platform pedals. My bikes that have clipless pedals are bikes I wouldn't take on this type of trip. Platform pedals and maybe power grips seem to be a good answer here.
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    If I was in that position, I'd either use regular shoes and pedals (maybe with Power Grips straps). OR, I'd simply use walkable MTB shoes with SPD-type pedals. Buy whatever shoes seem to fit your needs. A couple of friends have SPD shoes they use for general cycling that look more like heavy sneakers/ light hikers than bike shoes.

    I personally would never bother carrying shoes - Id pedal in shoes I could walk in.

    (PS: if you carry all that stuff around every ride in a backpack, you really should get a rack and a little removable bag to put on it. Much better than a backpack).

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    Some MTB packs (i.e. deuter) have a fold-away external helmet cradle that can hold a pair of running shoes nicely.

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    Thanks

    Ya ive been known to head off on a 40 miler to the next city and bum around for the day and then head back. My SPDs are hard as hell to walk around in for any length of time. Good stuff....thanks!

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    Why do they have to be 'normal' shoes? These are so much lighter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    Why do they have to be 'normal' shoes? These are so much lighter...
    Your picture just answered your question. Crocs should never have been invented.

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    They're not only lighter and cheaper, they also come in a greater variety of colors; some of which make them their own anti-theft deterrent.
    Some may laugh at that, but I've had a pair of combat boots, a pair of running shoes, and a pair of Teva sandals stolen in my brief 41 years on this planet. And each episode was no small inconvenience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikealou View Post
    I have recently rediscovered toe clips. I have some old (20 years or more) touring cycling shoes. I can ride to the gym, workout and ride home without changing shoes. The shoes also work fine for shopping or visiting that is my destination. My current problem is finding a new pair of suitable cycling shoes.
    Works for me, too--I pretty much gave up on clipless except on one bike 10 or 12 years ago when I realized they didn't make me go any faster and i walked like a duck in the shoes. I wore out all my old touring shoes in a few years, and now ride in mountain bike shoes, without cleats, with old-style pedals and toe clips. The lugged soles grip well on the pedals and I can walk like a person. There's no difference in times on a 12-mile commute I've done at least 3000 times in 30 years with every imaginable combination of bike, pedals and shoes, including a recumbent.
    there is one drawback: About once a week, I have to listen to somebody tell me how fast and comfortable I'd be if I "upgrade" to clipless. Been there, tried that, didn't change anything.

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