Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

View Poll Results: Which shoes should I get
Louis Garneau 0 0%
Mavic Avenir 3 14.29%
Giro Trans 0 0%
S-Works BG 15 71.43%
Other 3 14.29%
Voters: 21. You may not vote on this poll

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-17-12, 09:01 AM   #1
bobones
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Which shoes should I get?

I'm looking to buy road shoes for the summer. I currently have cheap black ones that are super comfortable but getting a bit tatty. I've tried on a few pairs in the shops around here and these are contenders. No Sidis in shops around here and I'm not mad on Shimanos.

Which do you think are the best/nicest looking? Anything else I should consider?

Louis Garneau Revo XR3 - £79 reduced from £99


Mavic Avenir - £99


Giro Trans - £150


Sworks BG - £199
Attached Images
File Type: jpg louis-garneau-revo-xr3-road-shoe.jpg (37.5 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg mavic-avenir-road-shoes.jpg (43.3 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg giro-trans-white-black.jpg (61.5 KB, 7 views)
File Type: jpg sworksblack-720x504.jpg (64.6 KB, 13 views)
bobones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 11:13 AM   #2
Rob13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Elk Grove
Bikes: 2013 Specialized S Works SL4 Keyline Red
Posts: 772
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
S work!!!
Rob13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 11:18 AM   #3
dalava
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northern VA
Bikes:
Posts: 3,061
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 38 Post(s)
I have Mavic (not the same model) and Spesh (agan, not the same model). I like them both, but the Mavic has better air circulation. If you have over-pronation, Spesh is better.
dalava is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 11:37 AM   #4
CALE262
Ex Coelis
 
CALE262's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Beaumont, AB. Canada
Bikes: have wheels...
Posts: 398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I bought some BG shoes about 4 years ago...since then I have bought 3 other pairs of high end shoes that cost much more than the BG's did but I keep going back to the BG's, I think I'll be happily wearing them until they rot away and by the way they've been holding up that could be quite a few years down the road. The other shoe I've had luck with is the "Northwave" product that's not in your list...



Last edited by CALE262; 05-17-12 at 12:02 PM.
CALE262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 12:31 PM   #5
Homebrew01
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
Posts: 19,858
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 191 Post(s)
Try them on with your eyes closed and get the ones that fit the best.
I happen to have just bought one of those above, and like them, but that's has nothing to do with what works for you.
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike
Homebrew01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 12:36 PM   #6
Carbon Unit
Live to ride ride to live
 
Carbon Unit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Austin, Texas
Bikes: Calfee Tetra Pro
Posts: 4,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CALE262 View Post
I bought some BG shoes about 4 years ago...since then I have bought 3 other pairs of high end shoes that cost much more than the BG's did but I keep going back to the BG's, I think I'll be happily wearing them until they rot away and by the way they've been holding up that could be quite a few years down the road. The other shoe I've had luck with is the "Northwave" product that's not in your list...



Do Northwave shoes run wide? I have Shimano shoes and need to wear wide shoes (E) width. However, with Specialized, I can fit into their stock shoes but Specialized doesn't make a 4-bolt Speedplay shoe and I hear that Northwave does. Lake also makes a wide Speedplay shoe but it cost $500.00.
Carbon Unit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 12:45 PM   #7
Homebrew01
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
Posts: 19,858
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 191 Post(s)
I have Northwave winter shoes, and they seem a bit on the wide side.
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike
Homebrew01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 12:52 PM   #8
Carbon Unit
Live to ride ride to live
 
Carbon Unit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Austin, Texas
Bikes: Calfee Tetra Pro
Posts: 4,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I have Northwave winter shoes, and they seem a bit on the wide side.
Thanks. Speedplay's website says that Northwave makes four bolt shoes but I can't find any mention on Northwave's website.
Carbon Unit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 01:22 PM   #9
Clipped_in
Rubber side down
 
Clipped_in's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Teh Quickie Mart
Bikes: Two wheels - common engine
Posts: 1,301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Try them on with your eyes closed and get the ones that fit the best.
This^^^^^
Clipped_in is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 01:42 PM   #10
Black wallnut 
Senior Member
 
Black wallnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Ellensburg,WA
Bikes: Schwinn Broadway, Specialized Secteur Sport(crashed) Spec. Roubaix Sport, Spec. Crux
Posts: 2,831
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Clipped_in View Post
This^^^^^
+1
__________________
Sir Mark, Knight of Sufferlandria
Black wallnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 12:28 AM   #11
RobertL
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Maple Grove, MN
Bikes:
Posts: 559
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CALE262 View Post
I bought some BG shoes about 4 years ago...
I've not heard of the brand BG. Is that the whole band name or an abreviation?

Thanks.
RobertL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 01:13 AM   #12
CALE262
Ex Coelis
 
CALE262's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Beaumont, AB. Canada
Bikes: have wheels...
Posts: 398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RobertL View Post
I've not heard of the brand BG. Is that the whole band name or an abreviation?

Thanks.

By "BG" I was referring to a "Specialized" product, it stands for "Body Geometry"... More info can be found on the following link;
http://www.specialized.com/bc/micros...etry/main.html


Hope that clears things up.
CALE262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 03:43 AM   #13
bobones
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I know comfort is the most important thing, but looks-wise what do you think? How does the shiny patent look of the S-Works and the Giros stand up to wear?

So far, I'm going to rule out the Mavics because I'm not mad on the look and the buckle is pretty annoying. I really like the look of the Louis Garneau Revos and the Giro Trans, but I'm not convinced that the LG's fit me as well as the Giros. Then again the Giros have super thin soles which require short bolts (supplied), but I prefer to replace the bolts when I change cleats. Everyone seems to like the look of the S-Works BGs, but I thought they were a bit too wide for me when I tried them. I do love the Boa fasteners though. I am going to revist some shops again today and try them all again. Thanks for your replies so far.
bobones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 05:21 AM   #14
Homebrew01
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
Posts: 19,858
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 191 Post(s)
I don't want boas on my shoes. I like my toes loose, and my ankle tight, so the old 3 strap system works well for that.
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike
Homebrew01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 05:25 AM   #15
bobones
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So what ones did you go for, Homebrew? Please do tell, I won't let it influence my decision!
bobones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 06:43 AM   #16
dissident
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Brookings, SD
Bikes: Felt Z85
Posts: 283
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I bought these and have had no problems with them and they are comfortable. Makes me wonder why more people don't use velcro shoes in regular life.. must be an image thing.

http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-iZUMi-Al...7344893&sr=8-1

I've never had problems with foot pain or power and love being able to clip in from both sides without having to look with the hybrid pedals or MTB pedals vs one sided entry on most roadie pedals. I did realize I was doing it wrong but I'm not spending $150+ on new shoes and pedals when the ones I have work so well. I'll upgrade when they wear out. I have no foot pain and can walk around fine in them.

Last edited by dissident; 05-18-12 at 07:24 AM.
dissident is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 08:07 AM   #17
Homebrew01
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
Posts: 19,858
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 191 Post(s)
Louis Garneau Futura XR on closeout locally. (Not quite the same as above)
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

Last edited by Homebrew01; 05-18-12 at 08:12 AM.
Homebrew01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 08:39 AM   #18
bobones
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just back from retrying the SWorks and the Louis Garneaus. The SWorks are out because they're too wide in the size that's long enough. The LGs fitted well and I really like the look of them even if they at the budget end of the scale . I'll try the Giros again next week and make my desicion.

Question: can anyone tell me what the 2 central grooves on these soles are for?



The Giros have a single groove that I believe can be used for fixing the Look Keo memory tab.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg lgsole.jpg (20.9 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg 2012-03-18-giro-trans-shoes-review-06.jpg (38.3 KB, 1 views)
bobones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 08:43 AM   #19
tagaproject6
Goodbye Leeroy Jenkins
 
tagaproject6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes: Wilier Izoard XP (Campagnolo Record);Cinelli Xperience (SRAM Force);Specialized Allez (SRAM Rival);Bianchi Via Nirone 7 (Campagnolo Centaur)
Posts: 7,061
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The 2 central grooves are for SPD style cleats
tagaproject6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 08:57 AM   #20
v70cat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Bikes: S5 VWD
Posts: 3,601
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I don't want boas on my shoes. I like my toes loose, and my ankle tight, so the old 3 strap system works well for that.
The S works shoe has two boa knobs and allows you to achieve that. It is much easier to adjust on the fly and is better than the old strap system. Change is good, some people still prefer a horse and buggy.
v70cat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 09:07 AM   #21
bobones
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Louis Garneau Futura XR on closeout locally. (Not quite the same as above)
Nice, I tried them too today. I just prefer the look of the white Revos for a summer shoe. Yours are a bit more expensive at £109, but I'm not basing my decision on cost. I nearly pulled the trigger on the Revos, but I'm in no rush so I'll have another look at the Giros next week.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg louis-garneau-futura-xr-shoe.jpg (54.0 KB, 2 views)
bobones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 09:19 AM   #22
bored117 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Riverside, CA
Bikes: Helium SL DA DI2, Defy Advanced 0 Di2, 6KU Fixie
Posts: 1,043
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
If S-Works is too wide for you... maybe Mavic shoes would do it for you. Mavic Pro & Huez felt far more comfier than other shoes you listed except too a little narrow toe box for me vs S-Works or Shimano. Would have gone Mavic if they had wide size on those lines instead of specialized.
bored117 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-12, 09:52 AM   #23
bobones
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 402
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the tip, but Mavic's are out mainly because the girlfriend thinks the yellow M logo on the shoes looks as though they're Morrison's supermarket own brand!
Attached Images
File Type: gif morrisons.gif (9.7 KB, 1 views)
bobones is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:11 PM.