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Old 06-29-14, 10:28 AM   #1
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Custom cycling shoes

I have been on a quest for the last several months to figure out a way to modify my current cycling shoes to add 3/4" to the sole of the right shoe to compensate for a shorter leg-to no avail. When I do longer rides, +30 kms, I will wear street shoes that have been modified properly, and not wear cycling shoes. My Shimano pedals are A320's. Modifying a standard shoe to accept an SPD cleat was on the table for a while but apparently can't be done to a shoe over 12mm thick (I'm at 17mm). So I may have to accept that I will pay BIG money for custom shoes. Have any of you paid $1000 and more for custom cycling shoes? Are they worth it? What company? How long did they, have they lasted? I want a mouintain biking shoe because I am a touring kinda guy-not a competitive racer, or super long distance rider. I like to get off and explore a bit-not just see how far I can ride today, and tomorrow, and the next day…….Thank you for your assistance.
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Old 06-29-14, 06:38 PM   #2
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I'm not sure why custom shoes are required. These guys have a variety of shims and in-shoe wedges: BikeFit

I'd recommend getting a bike fit with someone who has experience, rather than adding them on your own.
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Old 06-29-14, 07:13 PM   #3
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Another alternative: you might try a crank arm shortener (Google it if you're unfamiliar). My kids use a pair of them when riding stoker on the tandem, to improve their pedal stroke, but there's no reason you can't use just one. The least amount you can shorten by is 24mm, which is 5 more than your target, but that gets you in the ballpark where sole inserts could fine-tune you the rest of the way.

Note that these shorteners can be over $100 per pair brand new, but they do show up on eBay for less. Note also that they come in two different widths, depending on the width of the crank arm you're trying to shorten.

You might also post your question in the "Adaptive Cycling" forum.
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Old 07-02-14, 03:55 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input guys. I decided to get the custom shoes made. Not going to piddle arouind with this subject anymore. The pros say, seek a professional-DONE. but i still haven't figured out where i'm gonna come up with a thousand bucks……...
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