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    Which Shoes Should I Buy?

    Biking cross the USA this summer:

    A. Stilettos?
    B. Platforms?
    C. Motorcycle boots?
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    Left foot: stiletto
    Right foot: I'd go for a lunar boot but since it does not seem to be one of the options, I'd go with the motorcycle boot.

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    About high heel shoes... It reminds me of the begining of that I don't wanna grow up video clip by Tom Waits (I used to watch MTV as a teenager). He was dressed in a devil costume with stiletto shoes and was riding a tricycle.

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    Waits is a real sicko - that's probably why I like him so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamawani
    Waits is a real sicko - that's probably why I like him so much.
    Then his 'Broken Bicycle' song is for you!

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    Broken bicycle,
    Old busted chains,
    With busted handle bars
    Out in the rain.
    Somebody must
    Have an orphanage for
    All these things that nobody
    Wants any more
    September's reminding July
    It's time to be saying good-bye.
    Summer is gone,
    Our love will remain.
    Like old broken bicycles
    Out in the rain.
    Broken Bicycles,
    Don't tell my folks;
    There's all those playing cards
    Pinned to the spokes,
    Laid down like skeletons
    Out on the lawn.
    The wheels won't turn
    When the other has gone.
    The seasons can turn on a dime,
    Somehow I forget every time;
    For all the things that you've given me
    Will always stay
    Broken, but I'll never throw them away.

    Tom Waits

    PS - Thanks, Magictofu !!

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    man, a formal-dress x-usa tour would be so awesome. riding in the cocktail dress and stopping in fancy restaurants. whoa.

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    Do you have a rough draft for your route yet? (i'll have to live vicariously through you till I can go again ) John

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    Hi jamawani, regardless of your footware selection, I'm sure you will have fun! But just to make sure, try out one of these.
    Greg White
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    What fine shoes!!!!

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    Even more fine with a bike pedal clip bolted to the bottom, though not a stable dance shoe with that modification. If your biking across this fine country takes you through the hills of Kentucky, give me a ring.
    Greg

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    Very nice - are those spd compatible and did Elvis ever use them for bicycling. T

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    If you intend to ride a V-twin bike, you obviously should choose the strappy number on the right. If your intent is to ride on the back, choose the c.f.m.p.'s on the left. If you want to be beaten and left crying in a ditch in Alabama (apologies to y'all down there), go for the plats.

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    Oh dear oh dear, choices choices but they all depend on the outfit? The shoes finish the clothes, if you're all dressed in bad girl black leather-- go for the boots. It will yell I'm too good for you. If a mini-skirt with a tank will be worn then wear the stillettos to make it all quite fun. However, if pearls are involved in the plans for any outfit then choose the platforms, it would be the best choice.

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    Mo' Shoes

    Greg - It's been a long time, but I did buy me some white shoes for a night out on the town in Louisville one spring a number of years back. And when I say "Night Out" - I mean until the sun comes up.

    And I've done a lot of touring in Kentucky - from Hickman to Majestic - from Bugtussle to Rabbit Hash - but I won't be riding in Kentucky this year. My cross-country jigs tend to be south to north rather than of the more usual east to west or west to east variety. There are some really sweetroads in Kentucky - not necessarily on the TransAm.

    John - Well - my route is a lot of dirt in Nevada. I really want to visit Belmont, Hot Creek, the Lunar Crater, and the Quinn Canyon Wilderness. Also I have a backcountry permit for the Deer Creek area off the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Miles of dirt riding on the Kanab Plateau then a 9 miles hike down into some of the most glorious country imaginable.

    Not sure thereafter. I swore last year that I'd do southern BC rather than another trip in northern bc (Rain!!) - but since the Queen of the North sank, I'm thinking about northern BC again. I'm a big believer in biking and hiking. I think you should take time to smell the cactus - just not get you nose too close.

    Best - J

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    Shoes are for pansies!

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