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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

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Old 05-31-12, 03:02 PM   #1
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So I left my cycling shoes at a friends house.......

So I left my cycling shoes at a friends house.......they are going to UPS ship them (its about a six hour drive so im not going to go back just to pick them up) talk about feeling stupid!

What should I do for the ~week or so it takes for the shoes to get shipped back to me? Should I just ride in sneakers? Should I do some exercises in the gym instead? I'll probably end up doing some running also.......

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Old 05-31-12, 03:05 PM   #2
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You need more than one pair of shoes! Run, don't walk, to your local shop to get good back-up pair + cleats.

Report back and your grade will be adjusted.
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Old 05-31-12, 03:12 PM   #3
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I keep a pair of bike shoes in my car. I got to the freeway once before I realized I forgot them. Now I don't have to worry about it.

It's a really good idea to have more than one pair.

If you don't want to spring for another pair, get a set of adapters for your pedals, or a set of used platform pedals and swap them out.
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I ride in regular shoes on my Shimano road pedals all the time for pub crawls and other shorter rides to places where I will be getting off the bike and walking around. I wouldn't do a century like that, but the pedal is big enough that you can ride on them with a stiff, grippy soled shoe. Its probably not as bad as you might think.

You could also look for a friend that can loan you some platform pedals or buy some cheap-os at your lbs.
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Old 05-31-12, 05:09 PM   #5
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Use it as an excuse to buy fancy new shoes. Keep the old ones for winter.
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I forgot my shoes when I arrived to a race in San Diego. I ended up finding the nearest LBS and buying some new ones. Get more shoes.
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As always, the answer around here is spend more money. You should have at least one backup for everything.
Unless they dawdle in shipping your shoes, it shouldn't take a week to get to you, just a couple of days. Unless you're aching to spend more money, ride the bike in sneakers or go for a run, walk, or to the gym.
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As always, the answer around here is spend more money. You should have at least one backup for everything.
Unless they dawdle in shipping your shoes, it shouldn't take a week to get to you, just a couple of days. Unless you're aching to spend more money, ride the bike in sneakers or go for a run, walk, or to the gym.
You should have your 41 Card revoked
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Use it as an excuse to buy fancy new shoes. Keep the old ones for winter.
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You need more than one pair of shoes! Run, don't walk, to your local shop to get good back-up pair + cleats.

Report back and your grade will be adjusted.
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Buy new shoes when they are on sale or you get a good deal. Then keep the old ones for back-up.

The other question is why use regular UPS service that takes a week? It doesn't cost that much more for two days or have them FedEx'd so they are there the next day.

Don't be cheap - this is bike riding we're talking about. So what you might have to eat peanut butter sandwiches for a week!
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You should have your 41 Card revoked
Hey, I like buying stuff as much as the next guy, but buying new shoes and cleats just so I don't miss a couple of days of riding doesn't sound like a good use of my money. It's much cheaper to pay for next day Fedex.
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Hey, I like buying stuff as much as the next guy, but buying new shoes and cleats just so I don't miss a couple of days of riding doesn't sound like a good use of my money. It's much cheaper to pay for next day Fedex.
I know, it was a razz. We don't all do it the same, and that's cool. I just sold off six pair of old shoes that were in great shape, down to three pair. Some might say I have a problem, but when you find that right shoe, you buy it in bulk when you have high-maintenance feet.
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A 2nd pair of shoes is def helpful. More often than not, I ride hard on one day, and the shoes are just soggy messes that need a good day to dry. That's when the 2nd pair comes in super handy on a regular basis.
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I would pay the extra $$$ to have same day delivery, I ride everyday.
I did ride a small ride in my flip flops on my pedals though, don't think I'll do it again, the sole was way too flexible.
Seeing that I have way too many normal street shoes, it was natural for me to have @ least 2 pair of cycling shoes.
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Duct tape. Available in many colors to match your bike.


Can be a bit inconvenient on pub crawls, however.
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Buy a couple of cases of beer. You should finish them about the time the shoes arrive. No harm done.
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