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Old 09-24-14, 07:53 AM
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Need shoe recommendation!!!

Hello all!

I recently purchased a Trek 7.4 FX Disc and love it. I've gone on three 10-15 mile rides and have an interest in doing 15-20 mile rides from now on. Problem is that I currently wear my Nike Free running shoes, so I need help in this area.

I don't have pedal clips, but would get them installed, if recommended.

I've been told to get mountain biking shoes, but I hate how bulky looking they are.

Do any cycling shoe companies offer a sleek (road bike-like) shoe that doesn't require clips? I saw some Shimano Click'R CT70 shoes on REI's website this morning and thought they looked pretty good.

Any recommendations would certainly help. Thanks!

Paul
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Old 09-24-14, 08:16 AM
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For you I would recommend platform pedals and whatever shoe you think is comfortable; five tens, tevas, crocks, whatever grips the pedal.
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Old 09-24-14, 09:19 AM
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MTB shoes are probably the only bike shoe with tread. Road shoes pretty much assume clipless cleat use. Maybe find a MTB shoe (like the Shimano you mentioned) with low tread that will offer you the stiffness you want without having to use a clipless pedal system. Just bear in mind that shoes that are also meant for walking will trade off sole stiffness. I walk in my road bike shoes like a duck. And if you don't have a lot of stop and go, you might want to look into clipless pedals or platform/clipless combos.
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Old 09-24-14, 09:32 AM
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First, I need to understand what sort of pedal system you want to get. Platforms, clips, or Clipless. Most enthusiasts use clipless pedals, like Shimano's SPD, or Eggbeaters, which are mountain pedals. Others use road pedals. Like Speedplays or Shmano SPD-SL.

First decide ides the type of pedals you will use, then decide the shoes.

So, do you want toe clips, or clipless?
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Old 09-24-14, 09:36 AM
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I use the Shimano SH-M162 shoe for my mtb and road bike with crankbrothers pedals. Whats nice about the mtb style shoe is if you want to get off and walk around they are capable of it. The full roadbike shoes are typically full carbon fiber sole with not traction as they are not meant for getting off your bike.
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Old 09-24-14, 09:41 AM
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JRA, (just riding along) I agree, wide supportive platform pedals and comfortable shoes with supportive insoles

To get some with a stiff arch support would be good ..

as your desire to do more miles a day comes up... hit the shops and try on bike shoes. there..


I've been told to get mountain biking shoes, but I hate how bulky looking they are.
AH, fashion conscious/ insecure , More reason to just wait .

there are the occasional touring SPD shoes that come on the market , but they dont sell in the desired numbers , so go out of production ..


I just got rid of my Keen commuter SPD sandals .. might shed the other shoes for that pedal type..

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Old 09-24-14, 09:42 AM
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Not understanding how you are finding MTB shoes bulky, most are very similar to road shoes, just with the addition of tread, MTB shoes which are bulky are normally those which are in the style of flat shoes.

If you are looking for something which looks like a running shoe, have a look at something like Shimano MT44's SH-MT44 - TOUR - CYCLING FOOTWEAR AND PEDALS - LIFESTYLE GEAR - SHIMANO
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Old 09-24-14, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by PaulGauger View Post
Do any cycling shoe companies offer a sleek (road bike-like) shoe that doesn't require clips? I saw some Shimano Click'R CT70 shoes on REI's website this morning and thought they looked pretty good.

Any recommendations would certainly help. Thanks!

Paul
These should do not require cleats but can work with them. I would suggest getting a shoe you like and feels good. You can use them with your regular pedals. If you decide you want to go clip less, then you already have the shoe.
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Old 09-24-14, 04:00 PM
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Paul I use SPD pedals and have a pair of Keen bike sandals they are rubber soled . In colder weather I wear smart wool socks with them .

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I have just recently purchased a pair of Bontager race mtb shoes and have installed the clipless system. My pedals on my 7.3 had worn out and so I have switched to Shimano combination pedals (A530) which have platform on one side and clipless on the other. The shoes I purchased allow me to walk without clicking and after break-in have been fairly comfortable. Switching to the clipless system has definitely improved my average speed and comfort and yes, I have performed a couple of "Laugh in" type stunts where I forgot to release before stopping. The first time was funny but the second time hurt. Hopefully, it hurt enough that this will not happen again.

This is a good time of year to find some "deals" on cycling shoes if you can find your size. I am a size 10 (44) and choices were pretty scarce without paying full price. If your ride distances increase I would definitely recommend going to the clipless (spd) system.
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I recommend you start with a pair of strapless toe clips while wearing a firm sneaker type shoe with a stiff but relatively smooth sole. They're very inexpensive and will help you get used to having your feet "attached" to the pedal without any danger of clipping in or out. It will improve your performance. After awhile you will probably want to get toe straps or clipless. I've used both and prefer toe straps, mostly because I prefer the shoe that is made for toe straps over the clipless shoes.
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Old 09-25-14, 12:37 PM
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I too replaced the stock pedals on my 7.3 with the Shimano A530. Got a pair of the Bontrager Evoke shoes, very comfortable. Rarely use the non clip side of the pedals, would replace them with ones with clips on both sides when needed.
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Old 09-25-14, 01:41 PM
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For technical riding on platform pedals with pegs, its better to run a soft sole for grip - like converse. For better power transfer, a stiffer sole can be used. Regular shoes can be used, just make sure the laces are secure and tucked

MTB SPDs work best with MTB shoes - I like Sidi Dominators. They are light, durable, and do not look like astronaut boots.
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Old 09-25-14, 04:34 PM
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If you're looking for a lightweight slip-on to wear with flat pedals, I've had great luck with THESE from Amazon.
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Old 09-26-14, 11:49 AM
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I wear 5.10 freeriders with my platform pedals. I wear Shimano MT33 for my clipless. There are others out there that are cool looking and not too bulky. Chrome and DZR come to mind.

I've also worn Converse All stars with my pinned pedals but they do get chewed up pretty badly.
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