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Old 02-20-06, 12:18 AM
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I've been sitting here all day, looking at threads and reviews...on road shoes. I don't know if I should get high end women's road shoe that fit and last or a cheap pair and save up for a nice pair later on. I'm in a bit of a rush because I'm racing in 6 weeks and like so many, I'm on a college student budget. I'm buying a bike next week, so a nice pair of road shoes would be a little tight. Buuutttt...maybe buying a good pair now would be a better way to go?!
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You are going to race? If you can afford some nice shoes I say get them

If you don't want to spend too much then just try and find a pair with really stiff soles. I use Sidi Genius 5 and really like them. They fit my foot really really well. The best thing to do is go into the bike shop and try them on to get the perfect fit. Then... go to ebay and get the perfect price.
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Now why would you do that? You've just relied on the bike shop to get a perfect fit, then you run out and but the same item on ebay? I think you owe the bikeshop something. They're stocking shoes in your size or ordering them for you, the least you can do is purchase them there.
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Is the bike coming with cleated pedals? Most don't so ad this to the budget. LBS usually throw a discount on accessories purchased with a new bike in the order of 20%, ask.
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it's called capitalism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism#Self_interest


Originally Posted by masi61
Now why would you do that? You've just relied on the bike shop to get a perfect fit, then you run out and but the same item on ebay? I think you owe the bikeshop something. They're stocking shoes in your size or ordering them for you, the least you can do is purchase them there.
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I can't stand Ayn Rand.
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me either, but the link illustrated what i was trying to say

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Originally Posted by masi61
Now why would you do that? You've just relied on the bike shop to get a perfect fit, then you run out and but the same item on ebay? I think you owe the bikeshop something. They're stocking shoes in your size or ordering them for you, the least you can do is purchase them there.
Actually, I bought my Genius 5 from the LBS I used to try the shoes on at

She is talking about price, so I mentioned the option of ebay. We all know shoe fit is critical, so trying them on at the LBS first is probably a good idea. Sorry if that's too unethical for you. I actually wish I would have saved some $$ buying them on ebay, but the LBS is very good to me and I just decided to purchase them there.
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Originally Posted by masi61
Now why would you do that? You've just relied on the bike shop to get a perfect fit, then you run out and but the same item on ebay? I think you owe the bikeshop something. They're stocking shoes in your size or ordering them for you, the least you can do is purchase them there.
That's would be, of course, the idealistic way of doing things. But for a college student on a budget, I just don't think that's practical. I agree with the earlier suggestion of finding your size and looking on eBay. It's the best way to save money (but not to support your local LBS economy).
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Interestingly (?), I bought my Sidis from a local bike shop that ordered them for me - so I didn't have the option of trying them on first - but gave me a fantastic price, much better than Nashbar or Performance. In fact, I was able to buy new Sidis for not much more than the going Ebay used price.

Plus, when I bought my wife's Sidis, we were able to send back a pair or two that fit badly and get a pair with good fit.

In my opinion, it makes sense to spend extra on good bike shoes. Good bike shoes are more comfortable than cheapies and, in my experience, are much more durable. Cheap bike shoes always have some design flaw that drives you nuts or is the site of failure.
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It's called abusing the help at the LBS, and being a general jerk. If you want to buy shoes on ebay, look for shoes online. Don't waste time your LBS could spend on a real customer.

God, some people are incredible.
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Hey...Ive got an idea!

1) Let's have Walmart buy Ebay..
2) Have China make everything...
3) American consumers will get great deals on EVERYTHING
4) Whoops...we'll all be wearing deer pelts and living in caves since we'll have no jobs.


In answer to the orginal question though, your first priority should be to get a shoe that fits. There is no savings in purchasing a cheap shoe if you won't wear it. Second, whatever brand of shoe your considering, check out some reviews by visiting a web site such as road or mtb review.com. Buyers remorse is less likely to set in if you feel that you have done your homework prior to your purchase.

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Old 02-20-06, 10:03 AM
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And people wonder why a good LBS is hard to find. There are somethings I want to try out first, like shoes, so when I do - the LBS gets the sale.
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My suggestion only stemed from her particular situation of a tight budget and a race that's coming soon.

Personally, I didn't hesitate to buy my shoes at the shop since they let me try some on and then ordered the correct size since they didn't have it in stock.

If she can spend less buying them online, being a college student and all, that will make things easier. Also, if she can't go anywhere to try some on then she might get the wrong size online and not be able to get the correct size in time for the race.

Maybe the better option is to just go to the LBS, find the right size, and then pay their price, of course then she won't be able to meet that college budget most likely.

I agree it's bad to use up an LBS's time and then not buy anything... so many people do it ~ going into the shop to play around with stuff and try things on with the full intention of not buying anything. If she can avoid doing this then great... but I have a feeling she will buy things from them regardless in the future. Maybe they wouldn't mind letting her try on a pair of shoes... especially if she will be buying a bike from them as well.

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Also, my LBS charges full retail on many things... but... when there is something I want to try on first or inspect in person, I will go to the LBS and take a look, and if I want it I will buy it at the LBS.

Because of their prices I try to buy everything I don't have to take a look at in person online.

Maybe the OP should just stick to these 2 options:

1. Try on the shoes at the LBS and then pay their price, hoping for a good one.

2. Buy it online and save some money, hoping you guess your size right (all manufacturers will fit slightly different).

If you can spend the money, then get to your LBS because those shoes definately need to fit well. If you are buying a bicycle from them then maybe you can revert to my earlier suggestion and try on a pair of shoes while you're there buying the bike.
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