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    Road or Mountain Shoes?

    So I'm planning on getting the Shimano PD-A530 pedals to put on my new Trek 8.3 DS, but am not sure which shoes to get. I'm an old roadie, so I'm inclined to get road shoes but thought I'd see what ya all are wearing with your hybrids. I expect to ride 80% road 20% trails (nothing too crazy). Well, what do ya all recommend?

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    I have several pairs of shoes, all which are technically "mountain" shoes. My favorites are a pair of Specialized Sport MTB shoes. They look pretty much like road shoes, but with some tread on the bottom. These are my roadie shoes for riding to ride, without a lot of off bike activity.
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    I also have several pairs of Shimano MT-22 shoes. These look a little more like regular shoes, for more casual usage. Running errands, photography outings, riding with the family, etc. One pair is 2 metric sizes larger than I usually wear, for layering extra socks in the winter.

    I also have some Garneau SPD sneakers, but the cleat extends beyond the tread, and they aren't that great to walk in that way. I'll be taking the cleats off of them and just using them for errands and such, without cleats. Quite comfortable otherwise and they look like regular sneakers.
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    +1 for Specialized MTB shoes. I've had my shoes since 2008 and they are still excellent, thousands of miles later. I mean, tons of rain, mud, snow and they look great. I'll take a pic once jeopardy is over.

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    I'm also using Specialized MTB shoes. If you want to be able to walk around in your cycling shoes (something I wanted to be able to do), get MTB shoes.

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    I use road pedals and these road shoes as I don't have to unclip often on my rides. Mine are no problem to walk on when I stop for lunch etc. as they have a strong rubber area on the heel to stop slipping.


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    For that pedal and bike I would get the Specialized Taho. Thats what I wear.

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    A lot of us responding to this seem to prefer Specialized shoes. Interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    A lot of us responding to this seem to prefer Specialized shoes. Interesting.
    To be fair, I've never known anything other than that pair. I don't know what I might be missing but they are comfortable and affordable. Can't stand to wear them with socks which is my own hangup.

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    i ride sidi on the road bike look keo pedals

    i ride fortes on the mtb and on my steel road bike spd pedals

    when i am on pure road the sidi keo combo gives me a positive feel and i am more locked in

    the forte spd is just fine as well but i can walk around easier when off the bike
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    http://antranik.org/the-practical-gu...lipless-shoes/

    Not trying to hijack the thread, but there is a third option. When I upgrade to SPD pedals I'm gonna find something in this segment.

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    Road race style cleats stick Up, and make walking hard, + trashes the cleat,
    unless you thake your shoes off, and put something else on..

    Mountain/SPuD, cleat is recessed.

    I got a pair of Shimano's Touring shoes , same upper as their road shoes ,
    but SPuD sole, that was not lugged tread, Llke the MTB shoe .

    TO 92 .. i think..
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    Thanks all for the input. Does anyone have experience with the North Wave Sparta shoe?Northwave Sparta.jpg

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    the cheaper specialized mtb shoes squeak. just saying. its worth the extra scootch to get the better grade ones.

    also, cycle shoes should fit glove tight. shoe fit is a very individual thing, so you're best off to try assorted brands to see what fits.

    me? I wear new balance 'mw956' walking shoes, which are what I typically wear when I go out for anything other than dress, and I use bmx style 'pin pedals' on my hybrid. I used SPD on my last full mountain bike, and while I got competent enough at getting in and out of htem, I was never 100% comfortable. I *used* to use toe clips with Detto Pietto racing shoes on my old road bike, and the metal cleats you had the cobbler nail to the shoe soles (one chance to get it right!).


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    I was looking for some SPD compatible cycling shoes for my hybrid that can be walked in and still look somewhat normal. Amazon has a sale going on for $20 off athletic (including cycling) shoes until Jan 7th. I just picked up a pair of these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s01_i00

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