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Old 11-05-07, 09:32 AM   #1
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Advice on clipless shoes

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The soles on my minnrets are worn out, causing lots of scraping on my cleats. I wear cycling shoes pretty much every day, all day, so I need something that is durable and not garish. I'm looking at the shoes below, and my main criteria is how thick is the tread/how deeply recessed is the cleat. Anybody know anything about these below, or have other suggestions for shoes with laces, deep recessed cleats, and non-garish colors?

Lake Mx60


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Old 11-05-07, 02:25 PM   #2
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I was going to suggest the shimanos off the top of my head. You might want to check out B.M.X. clipless shoes (If they are still around).
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Old 11-05-07, 03:17 PM   #3
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lake mx90?
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I've been really happy with my Lake MX101s. Bought them new for $20 on e-bay... If you watch e-bay there are good deals on "casual" bike shoes all the time. I once bought a pair of Lake LX60 shoes for $1 plus shipping.

Edit: The cleat is not deeply recessed - there is some scraping. But the shoe has a Vibram sole (commonly found on high-end hiking boots) which is holding up very well to urban use.

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I've been really happy with my Lake MX101s. Bought them new for $20 on e-bay... If you watch e-bay there are good deals on "casual" bike shoes all the time. I once bought a pair of Lake LX60 shoes for $1 plus shipping.

Edit: The cleat is not deeply recessed - there is some scraping. But the shoe has a Vibram sole (commonly found on high-end hiking boots) which is holding up very well to urban use.
what kind of cleats/pedals with the scraping?
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I have the minnretts as well and I eventually ran into the same problem with the outsole wearing down quickly. I am also interested to hear about the lake shoes more specifically the mx165
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Here's a crazy idea. Instead of buying sight-unseen, how about going to the store and trying on shoes to see what fits well and suits your needs?

Buying online is not much different that buying from a Sears catalog 100 years ago.
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Here's a crazy idea. Instead of buying sight-unseen, how about going to the store and trying on shoes to see what fits well and suits your needs?

Buying online is not much different that buying from a Sears catalog 100 years ago.
here's a crazy idea: don't post like a ******bag. shops don't have a lot of stock, especially in the more casual end of the spectrum.
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here's a crazy idea: don't post like a ******bag. shops don't have a lot of stock, especially in the more casual end of the spectrum.
I figure that they gots all kinds of stuff in "uptown".

Besides, only ******bags ask the internet "what should I buy???!!!!!11!!1one!!!11"
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its ok drew. carleton is assuming you're new to this.

but you know how i feel about this; suck it up and get some ugly ass italian mtb shoes like the rest of us.

also, i'm way surprised that you posted this here of all places. i just donated good money so you could post this somewhere else!
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I figure that they gots all kinds of stuff in "uptown".

Besides, only ******bags ask the internet "what should I buy???!!!!!11!!1one!!!11"
please, can you not post if you don't have anything that is either useful or funny to say?
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its ok drew. carleton is assuming you're new to this.

but you know how i feel about this; suck it up and get some ugly ass italian mtb shoes like the rest of us.

also, i'm way surprised that you posted this here of all places. i just donated good money so you could post this somewhere else!
I did! nobody had any answers there. I also posted in the BF Commuting forum and the BF MTB forum, where I got good answers. SS/FG is sort of a sewer, but a lot of the other ones are OK.
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Here's a crazy idea. Instead of buying sight-unseen, how about going to the store and trying on shoes to see what fits well and suits your needs?

Buying online is not much different that buying from a Sears catalog 100 years ago.
I haven't ever had a store let me try on shoes that already have the cleats in them, and it's kind of hard to judge whether they'll scrape or not. When I bought my Carnacs 1000 years ago, they looked like they'd have plenty of cleat clearance, but they didn't.

And BTW, leave the pissed off act to Dutret. He's better at it.
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I haven't ever had a store let me try on shoes that already have the cleats in them, and it's kind of hard to judge whether they'll scrape or not. When I bought my Carnacs 1000 years ago, they looked like they'd have plenty of cleat clearance, but they didn't.

And BTW, leave the pissed off act to Dutret. He's better at it.
1) I'm not pissed. That other dude is. Yeah, my jokes are lame. I'm working on my snarky.

2) I've never been to a shop that when asked would not let a customer check to see if their cleats fit.

3) Looks like your story makes my point that: One should try before they buy.
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I have a pair of Specialized that seem to be a much earlier version of something like the Tahoe they offer now, but they look a lot more like casual shoes. I beat on them pretty hard for 2+ years and the sole held up well. Occasionally you would hear the cleats scrape on uneven surfaces but thats expected.
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1) I'm not pissed. That other dude is. Yeah, my jokes are lame. I'm working on my snarky.
Werd. I think you can take an internet class for that, but it isn't as good as the real thing at a community college.

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2) I've never been to a shop that when asked would not let a customer check to see if their cleats fit.
The place I bought mine from wouldn't let me because they didn't want to gouge up the soles of new shoes. Seems kind of silly, but that's their story.

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3) Looks like your story makes my point that: One should try before they buy.
Actually, now that I think about it, it kind of proves both of our points. Actually trying them with the cleats would have saved me the horse walk, but having some Joe Shmoe on bikeforums say that they'd make me horsewalk would have given me the same outcome.

I also think we're all forgetting that you can return internet purchases if they don't work out. It's a royal pain in the ass, but it's doable.
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what kind of cleats/pedals with the scraping?
Shimano SPDs
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I have those lake's you posted, but in gray. They are really heavy duty, but heavy. I only use them for hiking now.

These are what I'm rocking. Pretty damn happy for 25 bucks, during a nashbar sale.

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The Specialized Tahos are pretty good. As far as I recall (I haven't worn them since I got my Dominators about a year ago), the cleats only click on uneven surfaces, like cracks and bumps in pavement, but they're fine on smooth surfaces indoors. I actually just put new cleats in mine today because I think they'll work better for the winter than the Doms since they're warmer and the softer rubber on the sole doesn't slip on linoleum and tile when wet.
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The Specialized Tahos are pretty good. As far as I recall (I haven't worn them since I got my Dominators about a year ago), the cleats only click on uneven surfaces, like cracks and bumps in pavement, but they're fine on smooth surfaces indoors. I actually just put new cleats in mine today because I think they'll work better for the winter than the Doms since they're warmer and the softer rubber on the sole doesn't slip on linoleum and tile when wet.
I second this- I just picked up the 08 Tahoe. Granted, this is my first foray into clipless, but I like them a lot. I have the SH-56 cleats and they do click some, depending on the surface. Not bad - but I could see it maybe getting annoying if you're walking around a LOT.
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You might want to check out B.M.X. clipless shoes (If they are still around).
http://www.danscomp.com/727010.php?cat=SHOESCLIPLESS

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