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Old 03-16-14, 10:51 AM   #1
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Commuting or all around shoes? On board tools?

I'm looking around for an all around pair of shoes, that can be used on the platform pedals on the mountain bike, and my vintage road bike with toe clips, most of the mountain bike shoes are bulky enough not to be ideal for the road bike. I don't want two pair. They need to be comfortable to walk in. Any suggestions? I'm also thinking about a stiff soled trail shoe as a compromise.

Also any recommendations on a compact tool kit or multi tool for on the bike?


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I usually wear an old pair of Vans to commute with, and change into hiking boots when I get to work. That's just me, though, and I don't know that it's the best way to go. "Stiff-soled trail shoes" sound reasonable.
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I'm on my second pair of vintage 1990's Vittoria shoes. Not sure of the model but found my current pair on fleabay. A long hunt! I guess they were designed as a road / ATB shoe? Anyhow, they serve my purpose very well and sound like what you're after.

Carbon composite sole with lugs. Stiff sole but easy to walk in.

SPD compatible.

Leather with partial nylon mesh for breathing.

Here's why I really like them for toe clips. They have a conventional shoe string tie BUT also a leather flap goes over the ties and fastened with Velcro + tension strap.

BTW: They are super quality and according to dogs, taste great. (Blaming the pooch for chewing one of the first pair.)
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I just wear shoes that have stiff soles, and fit inside the toe clips on my bikes. But I have a couple of bikes with platform pedals that would work with flip-flops.
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anything with flat bottom and a stiff sole. As for tools, I just cobble together what is needed for the particular bike to do basic roadside repairs.
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Some dress shoes with hard leather soles and thin leather uppers make great cycling shoes.
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I use an old pair of road shoes, with the cleats removed and a rubber sole glued on. Don't know that I'd want to walk miles in them, but they walk easily for short distances.
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