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Old 01-15-05, 11:01 PM   #26
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Does Adidas' Torsion Arch thing really help the shoe to stay stiffer where you need it- in the ball to the arch?
we'll see, i just ordered a pair...

i almost bought a pair of old school high top vans, but the shop i was at didn't have the color in the size i needed....
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Old 01-16-05, 10:40 PM   #27
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I seem to be doing fine with these Con's
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Old 01-16-05, 10:52 PM   #28
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I seem to be doing fine with these Con's
yes, those look like they're holding up quite well to the usual 3 month half-life decaying period that chucks have.
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Old 01-16-05, 11:35 PM   #29
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WHAT?! Those are eight months and going strong! Excellent for chillin' too. Those holes are from a skateboard anyway. I'm thinking about getting some of those fancy bike shoes but, I'd rather buy parts. Maybe soon...
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Old 01-17-05, 10:10 AM   #30
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yes, those look like they're holding up quite well to the usual 3 month half-life decaying period that chucks have.
i've had my chucks for 5 years now, and they're still going strong. granted, i never skated in them, so i don't have the wear in the side...
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Old 01-19-05, 10:41 PM   #31
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i have been eyeing these this week....but there are plenty of more on zappos.com

http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/3649685/c/18821.html

the only thing that has stopped me has been their description....

"A thin gull-length insert provides maximum pedaling efficiency for bike messengers and other adventurous types."

just sounds cheesy.....but the shoe looks dope...


impossible to fit size 12's tight with clips and ride within the city....i don't know who thought of the bottom to this shoe....

sending them back and going to try the pumas' next...
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Old 01-19-05, 11:23 PM   #32
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I'm a big fan of Jack Purcells. Flat soles, big rubber toe cap doesn't get chewed up by the clips. They're a little bit stiffer than regular chucks, which is nice for riding. I need a new pair, though.

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Old 01-20-05, 12:27 AM   #33
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I'm a big fan of Jack Purcells. Flat soles, big rubber toe cap doesn't get chewed up by the clips. They're a little bit stiffer than regular chucks, which is nice for riding. I need a new pair, though.
Purcells are next for me. My next mod will be clipless Cons. Ha! that would be amazing.
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Old 01-21-05, 04:55 PM   #34
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Old 01-21-05, 05:19 PM   #35
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Purcells are next for me. My next mod will be clipless Cons. Ha! that would be amazing.
I was going to try this, but then realized that they would be the worst clipless shoes ever. The sole has no stiffness at all, plus you would probably rip the shoe apart as soon as you try to skid.
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Old 01-21-05, 07:10 PM   #36
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Has anyone used those puma ventouxs? If so are the soles stiff at all?
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its funny with all the tech talk in here.. and particulars to the entire set up of the bike.. that theres so much "all you need is some sneakers, dude" attitude.. if you havent tried bike shoes, you should.. especially with cleats.. adds as much fun as a new set of bars or wheels.. i know.. y'all are so anti fashion.. just think of it as more gear... cause it is.. think of a biking shoe with a cleat as a fancy stiff platform pedal that you attach yourself too.. and before you chew me out.. i ride with sneaks sometimes too.. Adidas campus to be specific... all im saying is try a bike shoe once..and get a stiff one.
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its funny with all the tech talk in here.. and particulars to the entire set up of the bike.. that theres so much "all you need is some sneakers, dude" attitude.. if you havent tried bike shoes, you should.. especially with cleats.. adds as much fun as a new set of bars or wheels.. i know.. y'all are so anti fashion.. just think of it as more gear... cause it is.. think of a biking shoe with a cleat as a fancy stiff platform pedal that you attach yourself too.. and before you chew me out.. i ride with sneaks sometimes too.. Adidas campus to be specific... all im saying is try a bike shoe once..and get a stiff one.
I totally agree, going from sneakers to cycling shoes is a huge upgrade, both in comfort and performance.

Anybody hook up with the nashbar/duegi deal? I did, and am really happy with the shoes, especially for twenty bucks, I'll probably get another pair. Weird thing is, nashbar lists them as a reissue of old shoes, but I'm pretty sure that the ones I got are NOS. The box is definitely fifteen or twenty years old, and the cleat tool is a little rusty, but the shoes are fine.

Thank you again to the original poster for the heads up.
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Old 02-05-05, 10:42 AM   #39
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I haven't liked/afforded many bike shoes, so I just rocked these and loved every minute of it...



So do I, I have them in white/blue and altough they aren't very wide, they're great for biking!
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wow.. that rules that nashbar has those for sale.. they must have found some stock in the back corner.. i was going to order the touring shoes just to style around in but they didnt have my size... anyboy ever redrill old road shoes for spd's?
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Old 02-05-05, 03:10 PM   #41
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its funny with all the tech talk in here.. and particulars to the entire set up of the bike.. that theres so much "all you need is some sneakers, dude" attitude.. if you havent tried bike shoes, you should.. especially with cleats.. adds as much fun as a new set of bars or wheels.. i know.. y'all are so anti fashion.. just think of it as more gear... cause it is.. think of a biking shoe with a cleat as a fancy stiff platform pedal that you attach yourself too.. and before you chew me out.. i ride with sneaks sometimes too.. Adidas campus to be specific... all im saying is try a bike shoe once..and get a stiff one.
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Old 02-05-05, 07:31 PM   #42
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first, you put on your oldest, most ragged pair of painting shoes you don't want to ever see again.

Then you ride to the bowling alley.

For a small fee, you trade in your old shoes and wear your new riding shoes home.

Be careful on wet tile floors with them and don't forget to remove the numbers...


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I used to ride clips with Sidis but got tired of changing shoes when I got to the skate spot. I said F-it and just rode with clips for the last 2 years. It feels like my skating is just transfered over onto my track bike. I also wanted to support slave labor by going with these.

nicely padded on the top for flip moves and toe strap bite.
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first, you put on your oldest, most ragged pair of painting shoes you don't want to ever see again.

Then you ride to the bowling alley.

For a small fee, you trade in your old shoes and wear your new riding shoes home.

Be careful on wet tile floors with them and don't forget to remove the numbers...


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Interesting you should say that. I actually have a purloined pair of bowling shoes. See pic. The alley I got them from doesn't require you to leave a shoe (or two) to get the bowling shoes.



The stiff soles would probably be fantastic for riding, but the one time I tried, the bottoms were so utterly gripless that I couldn't flip the pedals over for the life of me. Obviously this would not be a problem for a bike with a freewheel, but I'm not into reaching down and flipping over the pedal with my hand whilst pedaling and trying to stay upright - not much fun.
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I bought these on ebay because I a total ***** when it comes to vintage style adidas. So I definitely flipped when I saw these. They are a remake of their OLD cycling shoes. The bad thing is that when I got them I realized that they are terrible for cycling. The sole is smooth so I can't flip my pedal. So they are a casual shoe now. I ride in Puma H-street and Adidas Rio mostly now. This is still a killer shoe however...





The H street puma really is great. Maybe not so much for you guys in the north for winter but it is great here. It's ridiculously light. Almost like a slipper. And air flows right in for cooling. The bottoms are amazing at gripping the pedal for a flip. Plus they come in a million colors.

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while we're on the subject, anybody want these?

a pic of my shoes
another pic of my shoes

$25

i'm trying to sell them on craigslist--havin' no luck. the ad says $40, but y'all get the SS/fix special.
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why can't clipless shoes be as cool/simple/minimal??! oh well.. i don't mind carrying a change of shoes with me.... THAT MUCH.
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Wonder if any advertising types are lookin' at this for some awesome niche marketing ideas.
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i just got a pair of these from mr. brown pants about a half hour ago. they're pretty comfy, and they seem to work pretty well with my clips and straps. they're another one of the reproduction car racing shoes.

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i use my plaid(is that how you spell it) chuck taylors most of the time.

but my girly just got me these

they are the h-streets
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