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Old 09-12-11, 12:17 PM
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Questions about first purchase of tires and cycling shoes...

Hi, a couple of newbie questions... I just bought my first pair of tires (from Nashbar) and I noticed the the tires were twisted and folded to fit in the box they were shipped in. The bead on each tire is bent and the tires appear misshapen. Is this something that will correct itself after the tire is inflated or is this a problem?

Also, my feet are slipping slightly out of the cycling shoes I just bought from Nashbar. They don't seem hugely oversized but there is a little bit of slip. Do I want this extra room, as my feet may swell during exertion or should I go with the next size down?

Thanks very much,

-Mike
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Old 09-12-11, 12:56 PM
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The tires will be fine.
Shoe fit is very important to get right and preferences vary person to person. This is the one item I always try on at local shops. I purchase them there as well since I find the idea of trying on something at a brick and mortar and then purchasing them online to be rude but that is neither here nor there.
I find it is more important to size the shoe to your foot such that the heel cup holds your heel snug and the toe box is just wide enough. Too much movement results in bad things like your foot sliding around and your toes impacting the front of your shoe creating black toenails. Some say to go up a half size. I opt for a well fitting shoe instead and feel more comfortable as a result. My cycling shoe size is exactly the same as my normal shoe size unless it is a winter shoe where I will increase up a full size to allow thicker socks.
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Old 09-12-11, 01:23 PM
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Thank you for the reassurance on the tires. Nashbar said to send them back if there is any doubt but I really don't want to. Does the bead straighten itself out once it is inflated?

I tried walking in the shoes again and there was actually a little bit more than a little slip so I exchanged them. The first CSR person there was great... I can't say I loved the one I talked to today.... She claimed that the diadora sizing info was correct when in fact there is discrepancy between the sizing chart that appears on the page with this item and the info that appears on the actual shoe. Given the inconvenience, that I can't ride without shoes, that my cycling season here in the east is winding down I asked for overnight shipping. At first she refused but then offered 2-day. When I said "that's fair" as a way of showing my appreciation she said "it wasn't fair because the Diadora sizing info was correct" then things got a little tense... Anyway...

Any more input on the tire issue above would be appreciated. Thanks again.

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Old 09-12-11, 01:44 PM
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Yes, it straightens itself out. I had a wire beaded gatorskin shipped like that earlier in the year. I suppose there is always the possibility if they had folded it like a pretzel.

Though I normally order folding tires.
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Old 09-16-11, 03:00 PM
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Are the shoes road shoes that have a cleat that makes them difficult to walk in or are they SPD's that have a flat bottom sole and the sole is shaped like a normal shoe so you can walk normally? If they are the former, they are going to slip when you walk even if they fit perfectly.

You can tighten the strap or buckle nearest your ankle very tight and that should not cause discomfort or restrict bloodflow. The other two straps should be snug but not tight. Once you have ridden awhile and your feet have swollen, loosen those two straps by pulling them open and then closing without putting any effort into snugging them up. I usually do this while I am riding. Just coast and make sure you keep your eye on the road and there are no other cyclists close. You should be comfortable for the rest of the ride.
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Thanks, dekindy. Yes they are road shoes with cleats... Why the slip? Seems like they should fit snugly. Thanks for the strap tightening advice. I was tightening them all up pretty tight but your method sounds better. I'll see how it goes at the LBS with a new brand of shoes, as these didn't feel right (beyond the slip issue).
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My experience with road shoes is they should fit snugly, but not tight. People used to say they should be tight, since they used to be almost all leather uppers, and were prone to stretching a bit with time, use and exposure to the elements. Now most synthetic uppers, or uppers that are a mixture of leather and synthetics, don't have the same degree of elasticity, so the shoes don't have to feel like torture devices when new. Still, slop and movement of the foot within the shoe are things that should be avoided. In addition to robbing you of power, they'll probably lead to blisters.
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Thanks, Craig. This is helpful. Snug and comfortable is what I am going for... Congrats on making progress on your fitness goals. Your ticker is impressive!
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As been mentioned, it's common to twist tires on themselves so that they fit in a smaller box. The residual bends in the wire beads are OK as long as there are no sharp kinks. The fit of the shoes needs to be assessed when pedaling. Bike shoe soles are stiff, and when pedaling, your foot doesn't flex as it does when walking in normal shoes, so your heal isn't pulled up out of the heel cup in the same way. You do pull back with your foot, but that's back into the heel cup, not up out of it. I've ridden for miles without noticing I had forgotten to fasten the top strap of one of my shoes.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
The tires will be fine.
Shoe fit is very important to get right and preferences vary person to person. This is the one item I always try on at local shops. I purchase them there as well since I find the idea of trying on something at a brick and mortar and then purchasing them online to be rude but that is neither here nor there.
I find it is more important to size the shoe to your foot such that the heel cup holds your heel snug and the toe box is just wide enough. Too much movement results in bad things like your foot sliding around and your toes impacting the front of your shoe creating black toenails. Some say to go up a half size. I opt for a well fitting shoe instead and feel more comfortable as a result. My cycling shoe size is exactly the same as my normal shoe size unless it is a winter shoe where I will increase up a full size to allow thicker socks.
I hope you do the same with your contact lenses...
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Old 09-21-11, 10:07 AM
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Eh? What are you talking about?
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