In Memory of One Cool Cat
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Bikes: Lemond Victoire, Cannondale.Mountain Bike, two 1980s lugged steel Treks, ancient 1980-something Giant mountain bike converted into a slick tired commuter with mustache handlebars, 1960-something Raleigh Sports
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This seems to be a highly personal choice--sort of like saddles. Twenty years ago, I did a 5,000 mile tour in sneakers and it worked out fine. I still wouldn't have any problem with it. These days, I tend toward MTB shoes and SPD pedals. My all-time favorite shoe is the Shimano cycling sandal. They come with SPD cleats. You can wear them all summer long on and off the bike.
Dead last finish is better than did not finish and infinitely better than did not start.