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    Road Shoes - What Do You Recommend

    I like to get some Road Shoes- for Clipless as i have always used MT bike shoes.

    What road shoes you recommend. Something thats nice comfortable for a long distance riding. Last a long time and durable?

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    The most comfortable ones that you can afford. Go to a shop and try some on.

    Don't get hung up on brand names. Let your feet decide.
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    What homebrew said.

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    Yup. Do not buy bike shoes without trying them on first.

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    My LBS carries Bontrager RL road shoes. I tried them on and they fit well. I have around 600 miles on them and I like them so far. I doubt they'll wear as well as MTB shoes but that's to be expected given the lighter material. Giros are also nice. Sidis are great if you have the $$$.

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    I have over 10,000 miles on a pair of Shimano R087s that I bought for $80 on sale at REI. They work for me. I drool over some of the cool and expensive shoes I see people post about, but I have no reason to change.

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    Maybe something like the Shimano R170 to start with

    http://www.jensonusa.com/Road-Cyclin...R170-Road-Shoe
    Last edited by kleng; 03-11-14 at 08:33 AM.

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    I've had good luck with Shimano shoes- both road and MTB. They have a shoe for just about every budget. These are my current road shoes. Not the lightest, but they're comfortable. I've done doubles in them without any issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave1442397 View Post
    I have over 10,000 miles on a pair of Shimano R087s that I bought for $80 on sale at REI. They work for me. I drool over some of the cool and expensive shoes I see people post about, but I have no reason to change.
    I have a pair of those. Great shoes for the price.

    But I've found that on longer rides I get hot spots when wearing shoes that aren't stiff enough, so I'm pretty much forced to get higher-priced shoes with stiff CF soles. Even Sidi 5s aren't stiff enough to prevent hot spots for me.

    And yes, there is a HUGE difference with CF-soled bike shoes.

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    I ordered shoes online for an incredibly low discounted price, worst mistake I have ever made. Go to your LBS, try on A LOT of different pairs, walk around and just get a feel for each shoe.

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    I agree that it's alot about finding a shoe that properly fits your foot. That said, all the major brands will have good shoes. If you have normal width feet, you'll have a zillion options (wide you'll be more limited). I tend to be an online shopper, so I did end up ordering several pairs before finding ones that fit. I did have to deal with some return shipping, but the fact that I got decent carbon fiber shoes (Lake CX236) that fit well for under $100 (even adding in return shipping charges) was worth it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
    I like to get some Road Shoes- for Clipless as i have always used MT bike shoes.

    What road shoes you recommend. Something thats nice comfortable for a long distance riding. Last a long time and durable?
    "Last a long time AND durable?" That's asking a lot.
    Would recommend trying first, but if you buy online, Performance and Nashbar both allow you to return used items. Best return policy in cycling.

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    I like my Diadora Jetracer.

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    I got some NOS 2010 Bontrager RLs at my LBS on closeout last year for $49.95. They fit nicely, price was more of an afterthought. Browsing closeout racks is a goldmine if you're not a size M with size 9 feet.

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    Comfy is best my foot is happy in Sidi's and Diadora's....like slippers

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    after fit, i'm concerned about the sole, the stiffer the better AFAIC, having had to return a couple of pairs of shoes after a few rides due to the cleat/sole bruising the bottoms of my feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    My LBS carries Bontrager RL road shoes. I tried them on and they fit well. I have around 600 miles on them and I like them so far. I doubt they'll wear as well as MTB shoes but that's to be expected given the lighter material. Giros are also nice. Sidis are great if you have the $$$.
    +1. My RLs have just north of 10,000 miles. Work great with big volume, wide and fat Fred feet. My wife, long and narrow foot, fits the Sidis well.

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    Most folks around here use Sidi Dominators for long distance road cycling. Long distance implies having to walk around a little. I had a pair for ~50,000 miles until I lost them. Bought another pair online, same size, fit just like the previous pair. I have a few thousand on the new pair. I did go through a couple buckle sets and replaced the Velcro. Nice that they sell replacement buckles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigat View Post
    +1. My RLs have just north of 10,000 miles. Work great with big volume, wide and fat Fred feet. My wife, long and narrow foot, fits the Sidis well.
    I hope you mean Fred Flintstone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoota View Post
    I hope you mean Fred Flintstone.
    Thx for the clarification. Ya, a Flinstone fit is a ski boot term, for the type of foot I described and have. Does it mean something different on the 41?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigat View Post
    Thx for the clarification. Ya, a Flinstone fit is a ski boot term, for the type of foot I described and have. Does it mean something different on the 41?
    Ha yeah. You don't want to be "Fred" cyclist. You can identify them by sneakers, fanny packs, iphone mounts, and a whole laundry list of other things elitist cyclists can see coming from a mile away
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    I have Mavic Galibers. I like them a lot!

    But one thing to think about, if you're going to need arch support, may want to go with a company that has their own line of arch supporting inserts just so the fit is right inside the shoe.

    Mavic does not make any and I need some

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    I have a wide foot and Northwave fits me perfectly. Like others have said, buy what fits and feels good (and you can afford). Your feet will tell you what they like.

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    Do cleats ever come loose? My left foot feels like it's not as connected as it should be; not sure what changed if something has loosened, but is the only thing to do is to use an allen wrench and tighten the 3 bolts on the cleat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramercy View Post
    Do cleats ever come loose? My left foot feels like it's not as connected as it should be; not sure what changed if something has loosened, but is the only thing to do is to use an allen wrench and tighten the 3 bolts on the cleat?
    It may just be your pedal tension. I'd check that first and increase the tension of the relevant pedal first. If that doesn't work, the cleat may either be worn or loose. But they generally last for a long time. I wear MTB shoes even with my roadies, as I've never subscribed to the theory that road bike necessitates road shoes. I've got two pears of MTB shoes, both worn for thousands of miles over the last five years.

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