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    Flat soles or not

    Do you like to wear flat sole shoes with platform pedals on your all mountain bike or do you like a bit of tread for the occasional hike a bike?

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    I wear five.ten Impacts when I ride platforms. They're the best. Seriously. They're more comfortable off the bike then any shoes I've tried and the soles are made of stealth rubber, so they stick like crazy to pedals, rock, wet roots, whatever. They've got a reasonably stiff midsole, somewhere in between regular skate shoes and clipless, so they're more efficient pedalers than the former. And (to get back to your original question) the tread pattern is pretty shallow, so mud buildup is mitigated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro View Post
    I wear five.ten Impacts when I ride platforms. They're the best. Seriously. They're more comfortable off the bike then any shoes I've tried and the soles are made of stealth rubber, so they stick like crazy to pedals, rock, wet roots, whatever. They've got a reasonably stiff midsole, somewhere in between regular skate shoes and clipless, so they're more efficient pedalers than the former. And (to get back to your original question) the tread pattern is pretty shallow, so mud buildup is mitigated.
    I have a friend that feels the exact same way.

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    Thanks. I'll have to look at the Impacts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfloyd View Post
    Do you like to wear flat sole shoes with platform pedals on your all mountain bike or do you like a bit of tread for the occasional hike a bike?
    Both. I've pair of approach shoes from La Sportiva. Soles are flat but with lots of small, round, rubber "buttons" (for lack of a better word). I get plenty of traction on the ground, and my shoes grip the pedals well too.

    And I do the occasional hike-a-bike too .

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro View Post
    I wear five.ten Impacts when I ride platforms. They're the best. Seriously. They're more comfortable off the bike then any shoes I've tried and the soles are made of stealth rubber, so they stick like crazy to pedals, rock, wet roots, whatever. They've got a reasonably stiff midsole, somewhere in between regular skate shoes and clipless, so they're more efficient pedalers than the former. And (to get back to your original question) the tread pattern is pretty shallow, so mud buildup is mitigated.
    Hogwash! When I'm out on an urban assault mission I roll these bad boys.By far the best shoe for flats that I know. Sometimes you need that little extra edge when you're shredding the gnar.Thats how I rock it!

    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Are those tap shoes? Proof that Little Leo could have gone riding afterall that day he forgot his shoes after tap class.
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    I'm not sure what's worse, the shoes on the bike or the socks with the shoes.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    I'm not sure what's worse, the shoes on the bike or the socks with the shoes.
    Don't hate me becuse I have mad skills with style to match.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    Don't hate me becuse I have mad skills with style to match.
    What shorts and top do you wear with that outfit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    Don't hate me becuse I have mad skills with style to match.
    no, there are plenty of other reasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    Don't hate me becuse I have mad skills with style to match.
    Hey, no hate here. I only wish I had them styles and skilzzzz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago View Post
    What shorts and top do you wear with that outfit?
    I'm envisioning a tuxedo t-shirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    I'm envisioning a tuxedo t-shirt.
    Thew shoe/sock combo has left such trauma,I don't think you could handle the rest of it.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    Thew shoe/sock combo has left such trauma,I don't think you could handle the rest of it.
    No trauma here. I envision swing music blaring out from your handlebar speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago View Post
    No trauma here. I envision swing music blaring out from your handlebar speakers.
    Handlebar speakers? I just ride with a boom box on my shoulder. Playing Run DMC exclusively.
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