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Road Cycling Shoes + Pedals

Old 07-04-15, 05:30 PM
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Road Cycling Shoes + Pedals

I'm looking for clipless (aka clip in) pedals. I'm a size 11.5 and wide just EE for regular shoes. What shoes and what pedals should I be looking for?

I could do ~$200 for the combo of pedals and shoes. I'd rather get a higher end / nicer pedal and then just an OK shoe, since the shoe doesn't really matter to me as much.

What brand and or combo should I be looking at?

These will be going on a Giant Defy Advanced 2.
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Old 07-04-15, 05:53 PM
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I wear 13.0 2E in New Balance and the size 48 Specialized Comp Rd fit me perfectly.

I went with spd-sl pedals and am very satisfied. I got the Shimano PD-R550. They're wide so they're comfortable on long rides. That was a requirement for me. I could have gone with Look pedals but they were a bit narrower.
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Old 07-04-15, 06:05 PM
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I have 11.5 U.S. feet and some 46's I tried in the store cramped my toes (Bontragers, at a Trek dealer), but I knew that was roughly the correct size. The Shimanos I ordered are perfect, but I don't have a really wide foot. The pedals I chose are the Shimano 105's, the 5800's.
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Old 07-04-15, 07:08 PM
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I would reverse your logic, as the shoe will play a really big role in your comfort, and after a certain point you'll get diminishing returns on the pedal versus your dollar as you'll be paying mostly towards lack of grams.

As for shoes, totally about the fit. I've enjoyed my fiziks for the wideness as I have large feet, my new waves caused me a lot of hot foot discomfort. I'm also a big fan of the boa shoes.

Ultimately, go for the pedal that matches your group, you can get them cheap online at wiggle or crc.

Besides no one will see your pedals when you're clipped in, all they'll see are your ****** shoes 😜
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Shoes are definitely the priority of the two. But I just got Shimano R171 shoes and carbon 5800 pedals for just under $200 shipped from Pro Bike Kit with 10% offer for first time customer

I should also note that if you don't know how a brand shoes fit you , you should probably buy local so you can try a bunch on. If your feet hurt after 5 miles you won't care how fancy your pedals are
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Shoes & Cowboy Boot need to feel good from day one, and do not let the salesman tell you they will break in. Break in equals blisters, and that equals sore,bleeding, infected feet.

Spend your money on good shoes, and inexpensive generac peddles. Performance has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and will take back shoes that are misfits, or were "just" a bad choice.

Brand don't too me mean doo doo, it how they feel on my foot. Every manufacturer uses a different p[aqttern or "last" that is the form for each size.

So say a brand "D" 45 or Size 11 may not be the same as a brand "S" in an 11 or Size 45. Just truth, from an old timer.
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Originally Posted by TheManShow View Post
Shoes & Cowboy Boot need to feel good from day one, and do not let the salesman tell you they will break in. Break in equals blisters, and that equals sore,bleeding, infected feet.

Spend your money on good shoes, and inexpensive generac peddles. Performance has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and will take back shoes that are misfits, or were "just" a bad choice.

Brand don't too me mean doo doo, it how they feel on my foot. Every manufacturer uses a different p[aqttern or "last" that is the form for each size.

So say a brand "D" 45 or Size 11 may not be the same as a brand "S" in an 11 or Size 45. Just truth, from an old timer.
And indeed, I love Performance for that very thing. But I wish they had Specialized. I'm not a big Spesh fan, but I think it's obvious their shoes are some of the best.

I wouldn't hesitate to do Performance's pedals though. Shimano is great, no doubt, but the Performance stuff is pretty good nowadays too.

I tried almost all the shoes my Performance had in stock the other day but every one was just a little uncomfortable.
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Specialized makes excellent shoes, but I know a fair number of people for whom the don't fit well, even with their choices of widths and toe box volume. Shoes need to fit well right out of the box. There should be no part of the shoe pushing or impinging on any part of the foot, and there should be just a bit of room and width around the forward part of the foot so that it can flatten and spread a bit when loaded and still allow for a bit of swelling with hot temps. Lack of adequate width and room in the forefoot is often the cause of hot spots or numbness.
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Old 07-05-15, 11:22 AM
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I agree with these guys. I would look at putting more emphasis on a comfortable shoe as I know what its like to have foot pain while riding. There's not much worse than that.
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