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    want to buy clipless shoes.

    Planning to buy and learn using clipless pedals. what should i pay attention when choosing the right clipless shoes? I do mainly xc fireroad, sometimes extreme decent and trail.

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    get SPD clips with mtn shoes and mtn pedals and you'll be fine. but im scared to get clipless for my bike. i do some XC biking too, but i also do some downhills on single tracks and such and i get really scared. are they really that much better on mtn bikes? or, and to answer your question, sheep get some nice metal ones.
    http://bike.shimano.com/Footwear_Ped...dals/index.asp
    just look at the titles of each pedal and you'll be able to decide what pedal fits you most. yes i know this is pretty general but im sure these guys will give you more detailed answers

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    go clipless; after the learning curve, you'll never even realize that you've clipped out during a crash (that's what *most* people are scared of). With one exception, everytime I've endo'd I've unclipped and "basically" landed on my feet (or feet first).

    For DH (which I've not done, BTW), you could always replace the clipless with platforms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheep
    Planning to buy and learn using clipless pedals. what should i pay attention when choosing the right clipless shoes? I do mainly xc fireroad, sometimes extreme decent and trail.
    You might want to consider a clipless with an integrated platform like the Time ATAC Z or the Crank Bro's Mallets. That way you still have something of a platform to use when you don't want to be clipped in.
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    GO CLIPLESS!!! You will never go back.

    I was scared to death to try them, but seriously once I switched over, it was the easiest best thing I ever did. Not only are they better from a pedal-efficiency standpoint, but they're safer. When I'm going over rockier terrain, they hold my feet to the pedals so I'm not bouncing all over the place.

    They're the best!! Trust me. You'll love 'em. I have the spd pedals that have the metal "cage" around the outside so if I'm cruising w/o my shoes, or if my shoes get too muddy, I can just use them like regular flat pedals.

    Fast=Fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheep
    Planning to buy and learn using clipless pedals. what should i pay attention when choosing the right clipless shoes? I do mainly xc fireroad, sometimes extreme decent and trail.
    I like Shimano shoes. You should go and try some on, see which ones fit you the best.

    My feet do not agree with Specialized shoes....

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    I think I am going to buy some adidas mountain shoes with nashbar rodeo pedals. It will come out to be about 75 bucks. I can't wait to get them and try them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhopper1080
    I think I am going to buy some adidas mountain shoes with nashbar rodeo pedals. It will come out to be about 75 bucks. I can't wait to get them and try them out.
    Better deal

    http://www.blueskycycling.com/view_product.php?pid=652

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    You can get SPD-compatible pedals for not a lot of dough. If you're on a budget, Coda makes some that are nice. I shelled out for the pedals, and then looked for a good sale on shoes (since it's the pedals/cleats that make the most difference, IMO). I've had super-cheap shoes (Nashbar specials, baby! And they were great) and super-expensive shoes (SIDI's with ratcheting straps, also great). Right now I have Pearl Izumi shoes. I think they are Vortex?? I can't remember. They are a great fit, but the screw-in cleats keep falling out, and the shoe sole is actually separating from the top part at the heel -- and I've tried EVERYTHING to glue 'em back together. Guess I'll have to break down and get new ones.

    I would advise to buy the highest quality pedal you can, and buy a shoe with the best fit you can get.

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    Not a big fan of the egg beater. Just my opinion. Those shoes are great, though!

    If someone is switching from platforms to clipless, I would recommend they start out with a pedal that doesn't feel like you're standing on a pinhead.

    Fast=Fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastequalsfun
    GO CLIPLESS!!! You will never go back.

    Actually, I no longer use clipless. When I did/do a lot of XC type riding, CLIPLESS is the only way to go.

    As my riding style progressed to move jumps, drops, skinnies and other advanced moves, I went back to PLATFORMS. Need to be able to BAIL instantly!

    If your riding is predominantly XC then I would highly recommend Clipless. The pedal of choice would be a set of TIME A.T.A.C's, or Crank Bros. Candy's.
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    thz everyone for kindly advice

    For the pedal i have no worry about it. I got a cheap pair of clipless pedal which remove from a NRS3 given by my friend (1 side platform, other side is SPD clipless), so i think i can learn by clip-in 1 foot and get easy to practice. When i get used to clip-in, then i will purchase a crankbrothers mallet.

    i have narrow down my clipless shoes to shimano "MP66" and sixsixone "launch".
    Shimano MP66
    http://bike.shimano.com/Footwear_Ped...number=SH-MP66
    661 launch
    http://www.vsportgroup.com/gear/shoe_launch.html

    since i am a hiker/camper and a mountain biker, i don't like the bottom of the shoes which is very hard(like those race shoes) and walk like a robot. Can some expert recommend other clipless shoes?

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    Shimano makes two styles of shoes with shoe strings that look like lowcut hiking shoes They have a complete hiking shoe tread pattern except for the cutout for the clip. One has a valcro strap to cover the bowtie and the other doesn't I have both and like them a lot. When I end up walking, its always in a situation where I need traction and they give it, they are comfortable, and when you get them wet, they dry out no worse for the wear.

    For pedals, I started with Crank Bros Candy C and transitioned to Mallets for my MTB. I changed mainly because when starting out in any steep uphill, if my second foot didn't clip in on the first try it just didn't feel like I had much to push against to get going until I could clip in. The Mallets are great because when you aren't clipped in, you feel like you have as much control and leverage as regular platform pedals. I have a hybrid that I use for road work that I moved the Candy C's to and they are fine for that

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    I'm at college right now and I don't want to have to change shoes every time I want to ride my bike somewhere. With the rodeo I can wear regular shoes or my clipless shoes. I think I will stick with my original, but thanks anyway.

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    Are those 2 clip shoes i can choose? any other experience to share? want to well spent my holiday gift

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    Dont even look at others....these even have a sticky rubber sole incase your foot slides off. Looking at running these for DH...


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    Quote Originally Posted by sheep
    Are those 2 clip shoes i can choose? any other experience to share? want to well spent my holiday gift
    The ones DjRider04 has a pic of are nice. I like the SixSixOne 'Launch' shoes, a lot; they are similar. Basically, a skate shoe with clipless.
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