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Old 09-30-04, 08:21 PM   #1
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Anyone convert 'normal' shoes into clipless shoes?

Maybe take a dremel to your sneakers' rubber bottoms and a thin metal plate under the cushion in the shoe? A pair of red Converse clipless high-tops would be awesome!

Seriously though, having something casual and fashionable like that would be cool. Kind of like those sneakers you can buy with roller skate wheels that pop out.
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Check out Dan's Comp for clipless shoes. I have a pair of Vans Exacerbate 2 shoes that I like. I rode them when I raced BMX, and they work well with the toe clips I'm riding now on my roadie.
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Sweet! Leave it to Vans.

Think my SpeedPlay Frog cleats would work with those? They're the new version of the cleats that are supposedly smaller.
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Why not just duct-tape your shoes to the pedals? Like in the movie "Breaking Away".
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Actually, I have a friend who attached a pair of cleats to the soles of some combat boots for winter mountainbiking.

I've never done it, but I would expect to have a problem with the example that you gave. Most shoes are made by glueing the upper materials onto a board that becomes the sole. They aren't designed to withstand continually pulling upward on the upper. My bet is that the shoes would quickly come apart.
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Sweet! Leave it to Vans.

Think my SpeedPlay Frog cleats would work with those? They're the new version of the cleats that are supposedly smaller.
Don't know, they are SPD compatable but I'm not familiar with the Frogs. I mean I know what they are but I don't know if the mounting is similar to the SPDs.
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They aren't designed to withstand continually pulling upward on the upper. My bet is that the shoes would quickly come apart.
Ya, that's what i was worried about. But it still sounds cool!


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I tried it.. didn't work out right.. couldn't get the vans stiff enough, and it jsut took too much work.. I did find a paid of SPD vans at the swapmeet for $15... haven't tried them yet.. but they look cool!

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hmm, are those SPD vans wide-foot friendly? I've had two identical size vans, and one wouldnt fit me, due to how freaking tight it was...but those were jsut regular shoes
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hmm, are those SPD vans wide-foot friendly? I've had two identical size vans, and one wouldnt fit me, due to how freaking tight it was...but those were jsut regular shoes
I typically wear a wide size shoe, and I'm comfortable with them. As for stiffness, that's probably true. When I wore them with clipless, that was for BMX racing, which is essentially a 40 second sprint that requires flexibility. I'm wearing them with toe clips now so stiffness isn't an issue.
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