Last season I finally was able to save up the money to get a new ride. I got the 2012 Specialized Tricross. I am a big guy 6'2 250lbs and ride for pleasure though which yields me wicked weight loss down from 350lbs last season. More info is my budget. It took 9 months of my spendable money to buy the bike which really tested the limits of rule 5 riding without padded bike shorts. With the crazy tight budget I need to get acceptable riding gear and I really need help to do it right the first time. The more I read the more confused I get to the point where I almost want to scream. My LBS I baught the bike at are really nice but they are so small they dont offer bike fitting service and thier staff is not too knowledgable about it and the "big" lbs in my area wouldn't give me the time of day when I tried to buy my bike there at 350lbs. So I do not know where to turn. Last info I can think of is I ride roads, paved MUPs, and limestone MUP's (but less on limestone with new bike to avoid drivetrain wear from the limestone grit)
I like the idea of ultra stiff soles. I would get toe numbness with toe straps or platforms using tennis shoes
I try to never get off the bike until its locked in the garage, so I dont need to do a lot of walking in them. I would like to someday do XC but I dont think I will make the fitness level this year or afford a tubular wheelset this season so that might be a moooo point. But I am sure Murphy's Law will screw me if I get a pair of shoes that skuff in the first step on pavement Ill end up having to walk 100% more then ever.
Which pedal should I get I guess it could go either way since I am getting both at same time. part of me thinks that I should go with road ones cause I have big feet (13 usa mens) but I hear more people recommend MTB ones for people that ride similarly as I do.
Sorry for rambling, short version, Big, tall, broke, bike rider needs pedals and shoes to last 10k miles (~2 seasons)