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when are old shoes too old?.....

Old 06-14-06, 09:07 PM
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when are old shoes too old?.....

I'm riding on an old set of Sidi Revolution shoes that I bought way back when. They look just like this;


They are still just as comfortable now as they were then, as long as you are not walking in them, but I have noticed the velcro coming undone or causing the straps to loosen more frequently.

Time for new shoes?

I looked at the latest Bicycle magazine article on shoes, and some are dang expensive. I bought my SIDI's on sale for about $70.00, and most of the shoes I have seen that look decent are well over $150.00

Do a custom fit pair make that much difference?

any suggestions?
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Old 06-15-06, 01:35 AM
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I stopped riding my 20 year old Sidi Genius II's because my arches fell. The shoes are somewhat beat up, but the soles are stiff, the velcro still holds, and the buckles never broke. They'll last a lifetime!

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if your feet are still snuggly held in your shoes, you should be fine.

IMO cheap shoes don't last long. one other factor - how much you ride.

if you ride 12 months a year, in all weather, and put in a lot of hours on the bike, then it's an idea to change your shoes every 2-3 years.
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if it aint broke, dont fix it. If they are still reliabl comfortable and stiff... why uy new ones, unless you just want new ones. I know the next shoes i buy will be custom made.
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Unless your shoes are talking to you or you can see your toes then you don't need news shoes..... that being said I think you deserve some new sidis.....

Here are some Sidis from PBK for $155.18 USD..... with free shipping.... that is a huge difference then the 220-229 they are going for here in the states.
http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=F2042

if you buy new pedals then you can use their "kit builder" and take 10% off of your total.
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This is a safety issue.
Either have the velcro replaced (good luck finding someone who'll do it) or buy new shoes.

I have some Carnacs that are 13 years old, but they're holding up well. I believe in making stuff last as long as possible, but it IS broke, so you MUST fix it.

You're out on the road with traffic passing within inches. You want to ride on suspect equipment? Go ahead.
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To the OP, take them to a shoe repair shop and see if they can replace the velro.
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thanks guys....

good advice, as always.

There's just so much stuff to buy with this sport.

Shoes are on the list now too, and thanks for the link on the sidi's.
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the leather around the ankles....

is pretty worn down and ratting out, so I don't know if I would invest the time in new velcro.

Another question.....do most Sidi's fit the same?

I may have to go to LBS and try some on, because I should be wearing a 44, but mine are 43's and fit like a glove. They are a tad bit tight in the toes, but comfy. I would like to try on a pair of 44's before ordering any online.

I love buying stuff online....except for shoes.
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TickDoc ... yes, I can say from experience that going from a really old pair of cycling shoes to a good pair of stiff sole cycling shoes can make a HUGE difference. I rode some old shimano velcro strap road shoes from 1990 to early 2005 when the soles were seperating from the upper part of the shoes, etc.

I now ride with a new pair of Specialized Pro Comp's and they are SO MUCH better ... sort of like going from a $250 dept. store bike to a $3,000 road bike in my opinion.

Yeah, going to your LBS for shoes is a good idea ... everything else works online, but shoe fit is so important!
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Once the duct tape keeping the shoes together wears out, its time to replace them. The exception to this rule is if the appearance of the shoes annoys your fellow cyclists. Then applying more duct tape is acceptable.

Seriously, cycling shoes can last a long time. If they aren't falling apart, keep using them and save your money for other upgrades.
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Originally Posted by Kabloink
Once the duct tape keeping the shoes together wears out, its time to replace them. The exception to this rule is if the appearance of the shoes annoys your fellow cyclists. Then applying more duct tape is acceptable.

Seriously, cycling shoes can last a long time. If they aren't falling apart, keep using them and save your money for other upgrades.

Been riding on the same pair of Shimanos for 10+ years, carbon soles mean these are as stiff as the day I bought them. 3 Velcro staps holding up well. Related to the above I rode in a ratty old Sub6 helmet for so long a couple of fellow riders bought me a replacement, so the annoying factor can work in your favor.
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