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    Newbie shoe question

    What type of shoes are better for cyclocross? Are mtb shoes the best? What about standard road shoes? Thanks.

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    Mtn Bike Shoes!! I cant imagine trying to use road shoes just wouldn't work. Also I tend to lean to none carbon. Reason being they are alot stiffer which is a good thing but not good when you have to run. Also i suggest going with a shoe that has atleast an upper ratchet strap. In muddy/wet races you will thank me.

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    road shoes? NO WAY!!

    mtb shoes. period.

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    Thanks. I kind of thought mtb shoes were better, but wanted to ask just to make sure. Thanks again.

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    This is the first time I've ridden clipless pedals, I'm more used to toe straps & platforms.

    Sooooo, with the advice from my LBS... I picked up some used specialized mtb pedals for 25$, great condition still have a lot of years left in them, they spin really smooth.

    I'm just trying to find a good / (like everyone) not expensive shimano spd compatible shoe. Also, since this is my first time grabbing spd pedals & shoes, I am not familiar with all the compatible shoes to go with my pedals. I can go for the no brainer and just buy shimano mtb spd shoes like my LBS suggested, but I don't want to be limited to one shoe. On the other hand I'm looking at it saying 'well until you have a reason to spend more, then take what you can get'

    here is a photo I found on ebay of the same pedals (mine don't look as shot as these do, but its the same model)
    http://cgi.ebay.ca/SPECIALIZED-CLIPL...QQcmdZViewItem


    I'm looking to spend about 50-80$
    Can you guys help?
    Last edited by dzinehaus; 06-17-07 at 08:06 AM.
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    I just bought a pair of Specialized Taho Mountain Bike shoes and love them. Very comfy and also very cool looking! I get comments everywhere I go. They were 149.00 in Canada, and I found them in the US for 63.00 bucks!

    Do a little scouring on the net and you can probably find a good deal.

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    I've spent the past 5 hours at work looking / researching

    still nothing, I'm a 10 / 10.5
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    Quote Originally Posted by dzinehaus
    I'm just trying to find a good / (like everyone) not expensive shimano spd compatible shoe. Also, since this is my first time grabbing spd pedals & shoes, I am not familiar with all the compatible shoes to go with my pedals. I can go for the no brainer and just buy shimano mtb spd shoes like my LBS suggested, but I don't want to be limited to one shoe. On the other hand I'm looking at it saying 'well until you have a reason to spend more, then take what you can get'
    I'm not aware of any current clipless mountain shoe that doesn't use an SPD style cleat attachment. Look at the cleat plate on sole of the shoe and make sure you see the two parallel mount points. Usually the plate will slide fore and aft in the shoe. This is to provide the necessary adjustment to get the cleat in the right spot. Personally, I recommend you go some place that you can try the shoe on first. Doesn't make sense to order online unless you already know the fit of what you're getting. Shimano tend to be very good value. Friends of mine have had the buckles on the specialized MTB shoes break in the first few months of wear.

    Bottom line, go to a shop and find a shoe that fits, then ask them to confirm that they'll take the cleats you need.

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    rlotz, good advice. It's the cleat that I guess I am worried about. From what I understand from what you said is that its truely the cleat that makes the shoe compatible with the pedal. Am I correct? And Is there really a huge difference in fits when I know my shoe size already in several major non-bike shoes. I was reading the shoe fit guide on NASHBAR.com and my size seems to fit pretty well across what they chart out.

    wait, The buckles on the shoes broke? Ok, well that saved me a purchase, I was gonna pick up some Spec. shoes on discount... Any issues with the pedal?

    My purchase is being swayed between the mtb shimano shoe my LBS showed me at 50$ or a sixsixone mtb shoe on clearance for 30$. Guess what I'm being more convinced of getting right now because of the price?

    I want a decent entry level shoe that wont bust my balls or my wallet when I use them, but I don't want to feel like im lugging around concrete shoes either.

    suggestions / comments / sorry if this comes off like trolling. Like I said, I'm new to the bike shoe thing.

    I'll definately wait to pick up my shoes, but, I would also like to get as much advice in before buying them. Anything I should look for specifically? I wanna do 4 season riding and cross competitvely (still looking for cross comps out in montreal)

    The Shimano SH-MT20D Mountain Shoe is what I was suggested by my LBS. I'm thinking I should just shut up and listen to my LBS at this point.
    Last edited by dzinehaus; 06-17-07 at 03:58 PM.
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