Which shoe to buy?
I want to try clipless pedals. I have read good things on this forum about Frog pedals and Eggbeaters. I'll probably get one of those.
I think I can get any SPD compatible shoe right? When I looked at performancebike.com and nashbar.com, there were way too many to choose from. Road shoes, mountain shoes, touring shoes, casual shoes, and BMX shoes. No recumbent shoes though...
I have a Rans Tailwind. I'm a fairly serious casual rider. I'm not concerned about a couple of ounces of weight. I want breathable shoes so my feet won't get too hot. I would also like to be able to do some moderate walking in them occasionally. If I bike to the store or something, I want to be able to walk a bit. My primary focus is having them as cycling shoes, not walking shoes. All of my riding is on paved surfaces.
Thanks in advance,
You want to look in casual and touring shoes, or ATB lite. You want a sole with a
recessed cleat and a soft walking surface. Pure ATB shoes have aggressive soft
treads with a deep waffle/herring bone tread. You want a tread about 3-5mm deep.
Road shoes are bad because they have a hard plastic sole with tends to slip right off
the pedal if you mis-position the shoe and it doesn't lock in immediately. Soft sole
shoes are less likely to do this. Recessed cleats are standard with casual, touring and ATB shoes. Both Frog and Eggbeaters have small cleats that fit into recessed
shoes with ease or only a bit of trimming of the pocket in the shoe. Some to consider are the Shimano sandles, Lake 100 or 110. Look for shoes that have a
rigid sole, if you can flex them in your hands, you can really flex them on the bike and
they are not likely to be comfortable. Bike shoes of European origin tend to have
narrow sizing, and many shoes are like womens clothing the rated size is much smaller than the actual size. Shoe tables show I should wear Euro 43-44 size but in cycle
shoes 45.5 or 46 is a better fit. Woe to the rider with under sized shoes. I also like
the get shoes large enough for an insert, as cycle shoes have NO inside sole pad and
large enough for an extra pair of socks in winter. Velcro straps make tightening the shoe easy. Finally buy shoes locally, they are cheaper mail order but one sizing mistake and return shipping will eat up the difference fast. Think oversize, think LBS. Also Speedplay website has a discussion of shoe compatibility with their pedals. The problem is mostly with large feet say US 12 or larger, they make pedals with longer axles for clearance purposes.
I too have a Rans Tailwind. Nice Bike. Just got it a week ago. Loving it to death. I was considering going clipless initially. I've put in many miles on road bikes and have always used toe clips. I've felt that the ability to dismount the bike in some situations and be able to walk comfortably outweighed any mechanical efficency gained by the special shoes. IF I were to go clipless I would probably go with an MTB shoe since the clip is recessed and you can walk comfortably without clacking along and damaging the cleats. I currently ride with Power Grip straps and tennis shoes. Works well for me.
Thank you for the excellent advice! I will put it to good use.
I love my Tailwind too. I have been riding with Power Grips and cross training shoes. I want to try clipless, as I have never tried them. I can always go back if it doesn't work out.
Just registered in the Forum today.
I've been riding an EZ Sport for the last few months, really like it. Now that I'm starting to put some miles on, I would like to get a decent pair of cycling shoes, not looking to break the bank, just something that will do the job. I have Wellgo LU-982 Pedals (standard equipment). Tried to get some info on the Net about the pedals, as they appear to grooves for cleats, but could not find any info.
Any help concerning the pedals and/or shoes would be appreaciated.
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