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Old 12-04-09, 09:29 AM   #1
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Shoes and pedals

So I have two new bikes, and I'm having trouble deciding what direction to take with shoes and pedals. I've been using SPDs since shortly after they came out, and that's my preference. But I'd really rather ride in skate shoes. Exus used to make SPD compatible shoes that looked like skate shoes, but I can't seem to find anything similar today. Do I stick with SPD, or get a couple sets of track pedals with straps? Or just flats? Oh, one bike will mostly be run fixed, the other single speed.

Just wondering what you guys use and would suggest. Thanks.
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Old 12-04-09, 09:33 AM   #2
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So I have two new bikes, and I'm having trouble deciding what direction to take with shoes and pedals. I've been using SPDs since shortly after they came out, and that's my preference. But I'd really rather ride in skate shoes. Exus used to make SPD compatible shoes that looked like skate shoes, but I can't seem to find anything similar today. Do I stick with SPD, or get a couple sets of track pedals with straps? Or just flats? Oh, one bike will mostly be run fixed, the other single speed.

Just wondering what you guys use and would suggest. Thanks.
Singlespeed just go straight flat pedals. Either SPD or clips for fixed- all depends on how adverse you are to changing shoes every time you want to ride the fixed bike. I went with clips.
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Old 12-04-09, 09:55 AM   #3
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How about these?
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my budy has them. they are a little rough. i havent opend them yet.

if you go flat i would look at mks.
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Old 12-04-09, 10:43 AM   #5
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The seller has MKS as well, but doesn't state if they're sealed or not.
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Old 12-04-09, 11:12 AM   #6
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Skate-type SPD shoes are pretty hard to find, so I just settled for Shimano M086's. But while on my search, I did find these:
http://www.sixsixone.com/Catalog_661...d-254eee406449
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Forget about straps. Get a pair of Shimano PD M324 or A530 (or similar knockoffs). Ride on the flat side on days you want to wear skate shoes and on the SPD side when you really want to ride.
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Skate-type SPD shoes are pretty hard to find, so I just settled for Shimano M086's. But while on my search, I did find these:
http://www.sixsixone.com/Catalog_661...d-254eee406449
Skate styled SPD shoes are easier to find than something more versatile looking (I'm thinking Adidas Sambas here which are fine in casual situations and if done right can also be pulled off in semi-formal situations). An inbetween skate and Adidas shoe would be something like Lake's MX90s.

Also, I can't seem to find them for sale but there seems to be some decently looking Nike Dunk-esque shoes.
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Try ccs.com for Nikes.
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The seller has MKS as well, but doesn't state if they're sealed or not.
those are the same one i have. they are not sealed. i opened them up, put good grease in them, re set the bearings, and now they are great. (and they look nice too)

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Forget about straps. Get a pair of Shimano PD M324 or A530 (or similar knockoffs). Ride on the flat side on days you want to wear skate shoes and on the SPD side when you really want to ride.
that would be fine on a ss but on fixed gear that would give you flats with no retention.

another option is the flats/toe clips that can be clipped into a set of any "two bolt" clippless pedals
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Skate-type SPD shoes are pretty hard to find, so I just settled for Shimano M086's. But while on my search, I did find these:
http://www.sixsixone.com/Catalog_661...d-254eee406449
Out of my size, but $100? Wtf?
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I've never owned any Mavic shoes but you could try these http://www.mavic.com/mtb/products/cruize.320433.9.aspx
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that would be fine on a ss but on fixed gear that would give you flats with no retention.
I don't see the big deal, especially if the bike is brake equiped. Anyone riding a fg with skate shoes isn't planning on riding very fast anyway.
Personally, I hate clips and straps. A good pair of flats is perfectly adequate for just riding along. If you really want to crank it up or go long distance, clipless is the way to go. Clips and straps (with street shoes) are somewhere in between and not particularly very good for anything.
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I don't see the big deal, especially if the bike is brake equiped. Anyone riding a fg with skate shoes isn't planning on riding very fast anyway.
Personally, I hate clips and straps. A good pair of flats is perfectly adequate for just riding along. If you really want to crank it up or go long distance, clipless is the way to go. Clips and straps (with street shoes) are somewhere in between and not particularly very good for anything.
I agree with this. These pedals totally kick ass for if that's what you want to do.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1033468_-1___

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Clips and straps (with street shoes) are somewhere in between and not particularly very good for anything.
Did you hit your head recently?
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I agree with this. These pedals totally kick ass for if that's what you want to do.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1033468_-1___

Thanks. I'll probably look for something like that. Sucks that I already won some Shimano's on eBay.
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661 filter for the win!

cost a lot, but the best in the category
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The seller has MKS as well, but doesn't state if they're sealed or not.
What the?

I always thought MKS sylvan were these:

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vans makes an spd compatible shoe
http://shop.vans.com/catalog/Vans/en...-shoe-men.html
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I've contemplated those Vans shoes. Has anyone tried them?
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661 makes a skate/spd shoe. Its called the Filter.
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What the?

I always thought MKS sylvan were these:

If they're not, my pedals haven't been honest with me.
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I've been using SPDs since shortly after they came out, and that's my preference. But I'd really rather ride in skate shoes.
661 Filter SPD Skate Shoe


EDIT: Sorry, it looks like Deshi beat me to this suggestion. Great minds think alike.
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If they're not, my pedals haven't been honest with me.
I was referring to the ebay posting....
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Why not get some MKS and add a powerstrap or something like it (feetbelts are great). That way you can ride in any shoe and be in there tight. I ride in sambas most of the time.
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