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Old 06-16-14, 11:32 PM
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Cycling shoes

I'm mad as hell again. Can anyone explain to me why a custom made pair of cycling shoes has to cost $1200-$1800? I have one leg 3/4" shorter than the other. Typically I ride with street shoes. I do have mtb SPD compatible shoes that I do wear from time to time, but it can throw my back and hip out of whack if I go out more than a couple hours. i would really like to get the proper cycling shoes as I am going on tour for 3 months next summer, but I cannot afford a half months wages for a pair of shoes. Any suggestions? Anyone make make shoes want to give me a break? Not talking free, just realistic.
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Old 06-17-14, 05:58 AM
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I'm just theorizing here, but how about an alternate solution? Use off the shelf shoes and det these:

Amazon.com : Shimano PD-M324 Clipless/Clip Pedals : Bike Pedals : Sports & Outdoors

Use the platform side for the longer leg and the clip side for the shorter one, using something like this for the shorter one: Amazon.com : Shimano SPD platform+reflector set, SM-PD22* pr : Bike Pedals : Sports & Outdoors

Or maybe just use different length crank arms.

I don't know if these are bad ideas though, in terms of fit - hopefully more knowledgeable folks will chip in here. Check on the fitting subforum as well.
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Old 06-17-14, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
I'm just theorizing here, but how about an alternate solution? Use off the shelf shoes and det these:

Amazon.com : Shimano PD-M324 Clipless/Clip Pedals : Bike Pedals : Sports & Outdoors

Use the platform side for the longer leg and the clip side for the shorter one, using something like this for the shorter one: Amazon.com : Shimano SPD platform+reflector set, SM-PD22* pr : Bike Pedals : Sports & Outdoors

Or maybe just use different length crank arms.

I don't know if these are bad ideas though, in terms of fit - hopefully more knowledgeable folks will chip in here. Check on the fitting subforum as well.
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Old 06-17-14, 07:19 AM
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Ask at a REALLY good shop that has expert fitters about a solution. Lemond used to make wedges that went between shie and cleat for just this purpose. There may be other solutions as well- a good cobbler may be of use as well.
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FWIW: Typical non-custom shoe solution is to shim half the distance, 3/8" in your case, move the cleat forward on the short leg side ~1cm compared the long leg, and rotate the nose of the saddle a few degrees toward the long leg.
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Get a prof'l bike fit, not an LBS bike fit.
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Can anyone explain to me why a custom made pair of cycling shoes has to cost $1200-$1800?
because they are made to a custom last , made from your feet. and are Uniquely made just for you, and not in a factory by the thousands .


Sounds like you need to find someone that can Modify a existing pair of shoes and make the sole on one thicker than the other ,
and relocate that SPuD cleat hardware out onto the new thicker sole ..

not make the whole Upper entirely around a abnormally shaped foot.

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Old 06-18-14, 10:09 AM
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maybe get a shorter crank for the shorter leg

although I don't know if this will be ergonomically correct

maybe post your question in the adaptive and disabled rider subforum
they discuss all manner of health related riding issues there
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I've ordered up a new pair of pearl izumi mtb shoes. I think that a cobbler can slice off the treads, add the 17mm deficiency, and then glue the treads back on. That is how my street shoes are done. Works well. Then I will fabricate a shim for the cleat at the proper thickness and get some longer screws.
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