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This slipping around on slick road shoes has got to stop.

Old 11-19-16, 04:40 PM
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Bought a pair of (BLK) Vented road shoes for my trike riding.
Heals were too narrow that I was unable to walk in them.

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Old 11-19-16, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
Who walks around when riding a road bike?

It's a road bike, not the bike you take to the pub, or to the grocery store, or to the Yukon with panniers attached. This issue is a category error.

My rides work like this: ten ambulatory steps out to the shed where the bike is stored > two hours+ riding during which only the wheels touch the ground > ten ambulatory steps from the shed back to the house. That's a total of twenty steps. Witnessed by no one.

If you consistently find yourself participating in impromptu tap dancing demonstrations during rides on your road bike, well, I'd venture to suggest that you're doing it wrong.
Not everyone has the luxury of a garage. Cities require lots of walking in road shoes, often up stairs holding a bike. That said, road shoes are road shoes and you learn to deal with them. If you want traction, use mountain bike shoes.
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Old 11-19-16, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
Who walks around when riding a road bike?

It's a road bike, not the bike you take to the pub, or to the grocery store, or to the Yukon with panniers attached. This issue is a category error.

My rides work like this: ten ambulatory steps out to the shed where the bike is stored > two hours+ riding during which only the wheels touch the ground > ten ambulatory steps from the shed back to the house. That's a total of twenty steps. Witnessed by no one.

If you consistently find yourself participating in impromptu tap dancing demonstrations during rides on your road bike, well, I'd venture to suggest that you're doing it wrong.
We'll, my bike gets used for a variety: group and solo road rides, commuting to work, or to some evening meeting if It's a good excuse to ride rather than drive, riding around on our quiet street with a 4-yr old kid...etc...I once rode to a choir rehearsal, directed the rehearsal, then rode home with no clothes or shoe changes (no spandex for that ride).
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Old 11-19-16, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Wested View Post
Not everyone has the luxury of a garage. Cities require lots of walking in road shoes, often up stairs holding a bike.
I do rides in Montreal all the time when I go there. Montreal is staircase city.



Obviously I don't leave the road bike at the bottom of the stairs like in this photo. So it's up and down in the road shoes. But that's the only walking I do when riding in Montreal. Because I'm on my freakin' road bike. I'm not going to the supermarket.

Originally Posted by Wested View Post
That said, road shoes are road shoes and you learn to deal with them.
Yep.

Originally Posted by 12strings View Post
We'll, my bike gets used for a variety: group and solo road rides, commuting to work, or to some evening meeting if It's a good excuse to ride rather than drive, riding around on our quiet street with a 4-yr old kid...etc...I once rode to a choir rehearsal, directed the rehearsal, then rode home with no clothes or shoe changes (no spandex for that ride).
This is where N+1 comes into play. Road bikes are for road riding. For that other stuff, you get other bikes.

Sure, now and then I might ride someplace on my road bike in street clothes and regular street shoes. Why not? But the idea of actually getting non-road-specific pedals and shoes because you want to walk around more comfortably, well...that's just crazy talk.

Harrumph.
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Old 11-19-16, 06:44 PM
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There is absolutely no conceivable reason to use any shoe that doesn't have 2-bolt cleats... unless you want to.

But I personally don't identify as a "road cyclist," so I'll see my way out.
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Or you could get off of the bike and take off your shoes...then go about your non-riding while on a ride business.
Randos do this all the time. At least the ones I know do.

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Old 11-19-16, 07:19 PM
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I don't walk in my cycling shoes. I ride.

Problem solved.
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Old 11-19-16, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by PepeM View Post
Why not?
Pedal based power meter. Unless someone starts making one.
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Old 11-19-16, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman View Post
I don't mean to be snarky...I'm not a road rider, and I try to stay away from posting in here since I know this is your area....but I just have to ask; why would wearing normal shoes, especially if you know you are going somewhere you are going to walk...not be an option? I'll probably never understand the answer, but I'm curious about responses.

Thanks, and please don't take this as insulting...not meant to be.
You can of course. My commuter shoes have eggbeaters; they're just normal Lowa boots with some cut outs. Can't even tell they're there when walking around. But they are not stiff enough for a long day in the saddle.
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Old 11-19-16, 11:56 PM
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The first time I ever tried clipless road pedals, it was at a bike shop and I was trying out a bike.
I stepped outside onto wet ceramic tiled surface, (it had just rained), and did exactly the same thing as that foal in the OP.

Years later when I actually converted to clipless, I went with SPD mtn components and never regretted it.
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Old 11-20-16, 02:23 AM
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I typically don't participate in b-boy battles during my rides so it's not a problem for me at all. I'm pretty athletic and coordinated so I'm not prone to falling like some of you seem to be.

Growing up as a skier acclimated me to walking in adversely shoed situations.
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Old 11-20-16, 03:18 AM
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Accept the hard soles, accept the slippery clips....

Spandex shorts with sewn-in padding, and seats called saddles that are hard as a rock. Shirts called jerseys with the pockets in the back. Gloves without fingers and mid-length socks. If we look at this gear stuff to closely.... the standard uniform becomes a costume... and that benefits no one.
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Old 11-20-16, 05:08 AM
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Speedplay with walkable cleats on sidi shoes that have the little rubber pad in the back. No slippage in them. When i used look pedals though, that could be some icecapades and I'm no skater so it didnt work out well.
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Old 11-20-16, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Jiggle View Post
Pedal based power meter. Unless someone starts making one.
Fair enough.
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Old 11-20-16, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeremy_S View Post
... When i used look pedals though, that could be some icecapades and I'm no skater so it didnt work out well.
Yes, when I used Look pedals, I got cleat covers! Currently have iClic type, which are safer to walk around in, but I should get covers just so they don't wear out so fast.
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Old 11-20-16, 07:52 AM
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You're allowed to take off your shoes when using stairs before/after rides.

I take 2-3 steps to get on my bike. 2-3 steps at the end. 6 steps per ride. Shoes are in great shape many years later.
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You're allowed to take off your shoes when using stairs before/after rides.

I take 2-3 steps to get on my bike. 2-3 steps at the end. 6 steps per ride. Shoes are in great shape many years later.
Of course we can circumscribe our lives however we want, but many of us enjoy snack-and-chat breaks on our rides. I do, and there's one popular spot that's a killer on the shoes. The food is great, it's in a perfect location, and there's an outdoor seating area with a fire pit that they get going in chilly weather; it's altogether delightful. But rather than being paved, the outdoor seating area is covered with white marble chips: crunch, crunch, crunch go the cleats.... You think it would be preferable to remove ones shoes there?
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Old 11-20-16, 06:21 PM
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Trainers, toe clips, and straps. Problem solved.
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Trainers, toe clips, and straps. Problem solved.
But they create another - they weigh a ton.
However, I will say the convenience of them is one of the delights of going for a ride on the Vigorelli.
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Old 11-22-16, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by ltxi View Post
Trainers, toe clips, and straps. Problem solved.

Except for the sore feet from soft soles, toe clips dragging on the ground when not engaged, street shoes

too wide for the pedals, toe clips that prevent getting your foot over the pedal axle, toe clips that bend when

you accidentally step on them, reaching down to tighten the straps, or having them loose, straps digging in to

top/side of feet, loose straps hitting the stays, futzing with straps that are pulled to the side & not looking where

you are going while trying to get your foot in, & getting cleated cycling shoes to solve some of those problems, &

then slipping & sliding on floors.
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Originally Posted by Jeremy_S View Post
Speedplay with walkable cleats on sidi shoes that have the little rubber pad in the back. No slippage in them.
Bingo Winner!
Sidi Dominators & Speedplay Frogs work great. I wouldn't consider anything different.
Have you not rode long enough to figure your way through the problem?
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Shoe Goo
Keo grip cleats, and a little Shoe Goo on the heels and toes of the soles.

Problem solved.
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