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how do you know if a shoe is going to fit a pedal if you buy it online

Old 01-07-06, 12:26 PM
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how do you know if a shoe is going to fit a pedal if you buy it online

The title explains itself.
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Old 01-07-06, 12:58 PM
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the description of the shoe should tell you which cleat systems it supports
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Online sellers usually show a picture of the shoe's sole. Look for the pattern of screw holes or a cap covering room for a recessed cleat. But often the seller will briefly describe the shoe including cleat compatibility.
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Almost all road shoes will have the 3-bolt Look pattern. If that's not an exact match then you'll likely be able to get an adaptor plate. Most pedal manufacturers have to accept the staggering number of us riding with 3-bolt shoes and work within that.

It would be helpful to know what pedals/shoes you are considering.
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A better question is how do you know its going to fit your foot!
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I am considering the dmt r3 road shoe. I am not sure what pedal because of this problem.
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It's a road shoe, so most likely it has a 3-bolt pattern. Within that pattern, you must bolt a cleat onto it (if you didn't know... I didn't know until the last minute!), and that cleat must be compatible with the pedal. I.E Look cleat, Look pedal; Time cleat, Time pedal.

I know that some parts are interchangeable, so correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 01-07-06, 04:10 PM
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CHeck the manufacture's website.

www.google.com... search dmt r3 road shoes and....

voila!

http://www.dmtshoes.com/shoes_r3.htm which says:

"...Crafted of breathable nylon mesh and long-wearing Lorica, the R3 puts all the comfort and performance you expect from a technical cycling shoe into a lightweight, umistakably Italian package. The sole is constructed of polyamide fiberglass and is compatible with most pedal systems, including Look and Shimano. Available in gray, red, white, and yellow."

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Originally Posted by puddin' legs
and is compatible with most pedal systems, including Look and Shimano.
Which means it's a 3-bolt Look-compatible (Shimano uses the same pattern)
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Originally Posted by mcoine
A better question is how do you know its going to fit your foot!
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My experience is that I wear a different size bicycle shoe to my street shoes. Also some brands fit me better than others depending on whether there built for a wide foot or a narow foot. I always reccomend trying bicycle shoes on for fit at a shop first (and buying from the shop) and if you like them then you can buy future shoes of the same brand online.

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A shoe bought online is more likely to fit your pedal than your foot; the one interface is standard and the other isn't. This item I buy at the LBS because they provide the very useful service of allowing me to discover if the shoe fits.
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