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

Old 11-19-16, 08:58 AM
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This slipping around on slick road shoes has got to stop.

I'm currently on Giro VR90 shoes with an SPD compatible pedal system. These shoes are light, stylish, and most importantly, I can swagger confidently when walking into the convenience store for a banana with the dignity of the best of the bipeds. The rectitude of my stride stands in stark contraposition to my riding mates on their slick soled road shoes. They walk with the finesse of a gang of foals that have just dropped from their mare, slipping, sliding, and clicking for balance.



Not to mention, they are also vulnerable to predators should their bikes become disabled. Don't believe me, try and throw a punch in road shoes. You'll end up on your face. One day the word is going to get out to the rest of the animal kingdom and road cyclists are going to be hunted down. Sure the fast guys will be fine but the real estate agents that only ride on weekends with positions so upright they resemble meerkats are going to get taken down as they get shot out the back of the pack. Don't believe me yet again? The Bengal Tigers in India have figured out those backward masks and are going on a rampage among the locals and Donald Trump is in the whitehouse. Nature finds a way.



But alas! I cannot stay with spd compatible shoes forever. Soon I will run into the arms of another pedal system that will not fit on the VR90s.

Surely you gents have carefully and maturely considered this conundrum. Surely you know how to add traction to a carbon soled road shoe or know of a model that would be a suitable replacement. This is the wisdom that I seek.
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Old 11-19-16, 09:29 AM
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Cleat covers?
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Put on your trainers to safely climb atop the Podium..
Many companies make SPuD compatible pedals/cleats..



Some road shoes take both.. they are even harder to walk in..

then you will take off your carbon sole road Look compatible shoes, when off the bike..





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Surprised no one has introduced vibram five finger style cycling shoes that are SPD compatible.

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Why the angst? Being able to securely walk around in your road cleats prepares you for wearing high heels.
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Flat pedals and the survivalist footwear of your choice.

Also BYOB (banana)
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Originally Posted by mpath View Post
Cleat covers?
You want me to carry these in my pocket to install when I want to walk?
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I have considered it and realized that for me, and most other non-pros, simple spd shoes and cleats are not a big hindrance for riding...and I can the walk around like normal.
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I have considered it and realized that for me, and most other non-pros, simple spd shoes and cleats are not a big hindrance for riding...and I can the walk around like normal.
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You want me to carry these in my pocket to install when I want to walk?
Oh my, such a burden. You'd better be a 135lb weight weenie on a 12lb bike and an extra gel pack slows you down.
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Seriously?


Bengal tigers are no joke!
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Spend $15 on amazon for some cleat covers and be done with it. I just put them in my jersey pocket
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Why the angst? Being able to securely walk around in your road cleats prepares you for wearing high heels.

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But alas! I cannot stay with spd compatible shoes forever. Soon I will run into the arms of another pedal system that will not fit on the VR90s.
Fear of commitment.
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Originally Posted by franswa View Post
Surprised no one has introduced vibram five finger style cycling shoes that are SPD compatible.

YES, YES, YES! I would pay a great deal for those. The only problem is the sole is too floppy, and if you stiffened it, you'd void the purpose of bareform shoes.
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But alas! I cannot stay with spd compatible shoes forever.
Why not?
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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.
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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.
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You want me to carry these in my pocket to install when I want to walk?
No, I'd rather you be too proud and vain so I can watch you bust your ass instead.
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Surely you gents have carefully and maturely considered this conundrum. Surely you know how to add traction to a carbon soled road shoe or know of a model that would be a suitable replacement. This is the wisdom that I seek.
Simple answer: Speedplay Walkable Cleats.

(though i myself have no problem just putting my cleat covers in my pocket)
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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.
Simplest answer: because trying to ride a bike with clip-in pedals with normal shoes would be uncomfortable and unsafe, since your feet would keep sliding off the pedals...so to do this would mean switching out to flat pedals for the day...

Solution 1: use mtb (spd) pedals and the corresponding shoe with a recessed cleat for easier walking.

Solution 2: (mine) I got dual use pedals: spd on one side, flat on the other. It doesn't inhibit me from keeping up with a fast group ride at all.
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Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
Simple answer: Speedplay Walkable Cleats.

(though i myself have no problem just putting my cleat covers in my pocket)
That's no problem, it's not taking them off after coffee while leaving with the group.
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I have considered it and realized that for me, and most other non-pros, simple spd shoes and cleats are not a big hindrance for riding...and I can the walk around like normal.
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.
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