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How Tight Should Road Shoes Be?

Old 03-04-07, 05:56 PM
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How Tight Should Road Shoes Be?

I just got some hand-me-down road shoes and they're a bit tight at the end of the foot where the toes start. I tried them on wearing thinnish socks, as I do not have any bike specific socks. I am not exactly sure if they're supposed to be a little bit uncomfortable.
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Nothing is supposed to be uncomfortable. The whole point of getting gear specific for cycling is to improve comfort and performance. Generally, you should have sufficiently generous room around the toes to wiggle them a bit. You only need the shoes tight enough that you can't lift your heel without lifting the shoe. Having your toes feel uncomfortable won't aid that in the least.
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I wear them as tight as I can.
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I had a semi-pro racer (brother of friend) tell me to get them small enough to hurt then get one size smaller. I didn't follow his advice.

He was wicked fast though. He did the bike leg of a Tri with me (running) and his brother (swimming, obviously). There were Pro's (Scott Tinley for one) in that race and he had the fastest bike split. We took 5th for teams and they actually had trophys that deep. It was cool.
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Not as tight as to be uncomfortable, but it doesn't need to be loose like tennis or basketball shoes where quick court stops would jam your toes into the toe of the shoe.
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