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    how to choose good cycling shoes?

    I have MTB SPD shoes over three years. Laces, easy to walk on, but now I am ready for road cycling shoes. How do you choose? There are so many brands, models, and I really don't know where to start or look. Any suggestions?

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    There are lots to choose from, indeed. I think everyone will agree that you can't go wrong with SIDI's. If you have wide feet, they make a mega version. But there are many other good brands. It would be best if you went to a bike shop and looked at the choices. You should also buy them from a bike shop so you can try them on. Most shops will also mount and adjust your cleats for nothing when you buy the shoes and cleats.

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    Thanks bikepro. I actually not sure if I NEED other shoes. I mean, they are okay, but they are not road cycling shoes. And I do a lot of training, long distance rides and started getting really serious to improve condition, speed, etc.
    They look like runners, well MTB shoes and I don't know if it will make a difference in riding. Is it worth to spend money on good shoes? Do I need new cleats? What on the ones on my MTB shoes?

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    Yea Italian cycle Shoe makers use a very good Pleather, Lorica, that wont go stiff after wet-dry cycles ..

    SiDi has a lot of last sizes and so there should bea shoe that fits..

    MTB shoes aree good if you walk off the bike much..
    Road shoes if the stops are brief, touch down at lights.. and the shoes come off ASAP when you stop.


    as far as brands saturating the market , go to a Bike shop that sells them
    and you can try on in person .. like ..
    REI / MEC depending on which side of the border/Vancouver you live in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fungirl View Post
    I have MTB SPD shoes over three years. Laces, easy to walk on, but now I am ready for road cycling shoes. How do you choose? There are so many brands, models, and I really don't know where to start or look. Any suggestions?
    Why not continue to use SPD shoes. I use SPDs on all of my road bikes because of the walk ability of the bike.

    I choose by shoes by best fit and comfort, try as many brands as possible because they all fit differently.

    But my favorites are Sidi.
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    Can't put your foot in a monitor.. try 1st person shopping instead of over the internet..

    my most comfortable bike shoes have a better than stock insole, and fit loosely,
    but the go fast performance types insist on tighter shoes..

    I'm just a Tourist.. and an old guy ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
    Why not continue to use SPD shoes. I use SPDs on all of my road bikes because of the walk ability of the bike.
    +1

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    You needn't get road specific shoes, but you can upgrade to a more performance oriented SPD shoe, which will have a stiffer sole that makes riding long distances more efficient and comfortable. Road shoes are most useful when doing longer road rides of several hours when the small SPD cleat can result in localized pressure, but the stiffest MTB shoes lessen this effect.

    The other benefit of getting another pair of SPD shoes is that all your shoes, pedals, and bikes are compatible, so if for instance your 'runner' shoes are wet, you can do a casual ride with the performance shoes... or if your performance shoes are too cold in cool weather rides, you can use your runner shoes with only minimal decrease in performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Can't put your foot in a monitor.. try 1st person shopping instead of over the internet..

    my most comfortable bike shoes have a better than stock insole, and fit loosely,
    but the go fast performance types insist on tighter shoes..

    I'm just a Tourist.. and an old guy ..
    You're right fietsbob (haha, heerlijk Nederlands!) I did go shopping but also like to get some opinions first. Thats whats great about the Internet!
    Bought a pair of Giro carbon fibre outsole plus new pedals and cleats!
    Way over budget but my great husband grabbed his credit card and decided to get the better quality. Yes they feel great and everything I tried was a better upgrade than what I had. But I do long distance rides, hours riding, not so much walking so thats why I decided to go road cycling shoes. They had to order and it will take maybe a week, so I cant wait to try them!

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    Some things are best bought locally. Shoes are at the top of that list. Go to the best bike shop in your town, see what they have, and buy a brand that they carry. You need to go to a big store that sells a lot of shoes so they'll have the model and size that you need in stock. You'll never go wrong.

    Before you even think it, only the scum of the earth would take a 1/2 hour or more of a sales clerk's time trying on shoes and then order them over the internet to save a few bucks. If you're going to buy shoes on line, order three sizes - the one you think you need and the size above and the size below that. Then return the 2 pair that don't fit.

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    At least in the shop you have the possibility of the full size run to put your foot in 3 consecutive numbered sizes.

    ... to find the porridge that is just the right temperature ..

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    I am also going to buy my first pair of shoes this week. My LBS says Specialized shoes are pretty awesome. I have Sidi motorcycle boots and like them a lot. Anyone here tried both Sidi and carbon Specialized that could comment between the two?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Some things are best bought locally. Shoes are at the top of that list. Go to the best bike shop in your town, see what they have, and buy a brand that they carry. You need to go to a big store that sells a lot of shoes so they'll have the model and size that you need in stock. You'll never go wrong.

    Before you even think it, only the scum of the earth would take a 1/2 hour or more of a sales clerk's time trying on shoes and then order them over the internet to save a few bucks. If you're going to buy shoes on line, order three sizes - the one you think you need and the size above and the size below that. Then return the 2 pair that don't fit.
    Shoes have to get the right fit and you need some good advice, so ordering them online does not work for me. Even going to a store and try them and order online is not my style. Anyways I went to one of the better stores in Vancouver, but I did not like the colour so they had to order. I think it was a great decision, really an upgrade from my worn-out Shimano SPD's! And the new carbon fibre Keo Classic pedals is something I am really looking forward to try them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    I am also going to buy my first pair of shoes this week. My LBS says Specialized shoes are pretty awesome. I have Sidi motorcycle boots and like them a lot. Anyone here tried both Sidi and carbon Specialized that could comment between the two?
    As long as they are a good fit, you can't go wrong with either.

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    I look up reviews on everything I buy. the fit of the shoe is the most important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryPitts View Post
    I am also going to buy my first pair of shoes this week. My LBS says Specialized shoes are pretty awesome. I have Sidi motorcycle boots and like them a lot. Anyone here tried both Sidi and carbon Specialized that could comment between the two?
    I use sidi because of the mega size, these have been the most comfortable shoes that I have used. I have been using Sidi's for a long time. i don't have any experience with the specialized shoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Some things are best bought locally. Shoes are at the top of that list. Go to the best bike shop in your town, see what they have, and buy a brand that they carry. You need to go to a big store that sells a lot of shoes so they'll have the model and size that you need in stock. You'll never go wrong.
    +1

    I have learned via experience that there is no such thing as "standard sizing" even from the same mfgr. I have tried on two different models of PI shoes, with one having my toes just touching the end of the shoe, and the other having 3/4" empty space beyond the toes. Both "size 47".

    I once needed to replace a 2yo pair of Nike running shoes. In trying on the *same* model shoe, I had to go up a _full_size_ to get the same fit as the old ones.

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    I'm a Bont loyalist, both for the amazing fit afforded by the smart, heat-moldable design and for the fact that they have an online sizing guide that actually involves measuring your foot! Who'd have thought, right?! Seems elementary, and while other firms have taken up the heat moldable model, it still seems that Bont does it best (from the standpoint of actually putting effort into making sure you get the right shoe, and that it fits.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
    I'm a Bont loyalist, both for the amazing fit afforded by the smart, heat-moldable design and for the fact that they have an online sizing guide that actually involves measuring your foot! Who'd have thought, right?! Seems elementary, and while other firms have taken up the heat moldable model, it still seems that Bont does it best (from the standpoint of actually putting effort into making sure you get the right shoe, and that it fits.)
    I've been wearing Bont's for about three months. Once I got them molded, they fit better than the custom Rocket7's I had made. I have a pair of A-One's and just got a pair of Vaypors. I was wearing SIDI Ergo 2's before, but the Bonts fit much better. They do take some time to mold, but the time is well worth it.

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    Why do you need shoes? I wear flip-flops.

    Except in very cold weather, your feet don't need full covering. Sandals are lighter and less restrictive on your feet.

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