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recommended shoes for road biking < $100

Old 04-17-07, 12:34 PM
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recommended shoes for road biking < $100

Can someone recommend a pair of shoes for road biking, costing less than $100 ? Thanks!
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Old 04-17-07, 12:40 PM
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i've had the inexpensive Specialized road shoe (forgot the model name) that I bought for $80 or so and have been very happy with them. No carbon or special gizmos, but they are comfy.
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Old 04-17-07, 12:52 PM
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Specialized Taho. Technically a MTB shoe, but I use it for all road riding
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Originally Posted by drdhsimon
i've had the inexpensive Specialized road shoe (forgot the model name) that I bought for $80 or so and have been very happy with them. No carbon or special gizmos, but they are comfy.
I've had the same one for over a year and they are still fine. They are stiff enough and confortable to me, even after a century and an MS150 ride. I am thinking of getting new ones as the rubber heal is beginning to wear down. Plus they have footbed inserts that are a little pricey but they will make it even more comfortable.
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Old 04-17-07, 12:54 PM
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Everyone is going to have their favorites. I'll just concur that I think Mountain Bike shoes are the way to go.
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Old 04-17-07, 12:57 PM
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I have bought the shimano PD6610 pedals, does the mountain shoe go with these pedals ?
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No, the 6610's are SPD-SL's (MTB is SPD) - you'll likely be using a smooth sole road shoe for these -
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Originally Posted by drdhsimon
i've had the inexpensive Specialized road shoe (forgot the model name) that I bought for $80 or so and have been very happy with them. No carbon or special gizmos, but they are comfy.

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However, it is ESSENTIAL that you try shoes on before buying them. Bike fit can be adjusted, shoe fit cannot.

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Old 04-17-07, 01:18 PM
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size?

I have some shoes that don't fit me and I will ship them for the cost of shipping. Tell me size first. They range from some smaller shoes (40's, NIB) to used Carnacs (still in great shape, 45 perhaps). They're cast offs from teammates, friends, and stuff I bought but it didn't fit.

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I've been pretty happy with my Adistar Comps from Adidas. But then again, I don't really know any better, since these are my first pair of Road shoes - I always used SPDs before now (and still do on some other bikes)

I like that they look a little old school. They've held up well and are just starting their 2nd season. I don't know if I believe the regular price of $174.99, but they seem worth $70 to me.

And they'll work with your pedals - the link mentions they're only compatible with Look ®-style pedal systems. Shimano SPD-SLs would fall into that category.

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Old 04-17-07, 02:13 PM
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I have a pair of Shimano RA-80 road shoes I paid $70 or so for on sale. They aren't Sidis but they are a great shoe for the money.
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a british mag voted these better than most $300 shoes:



http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/141...Road-Shoes.htm

$60
 
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Nashbar has some old stock of the shoe (in selected sizes) that I'm coveting right now - so if you've got either tiny little or giant feet then check out this deal on some SIDIS.

Note: never tried 'em, but they get rave reviews. I've got some midrange Shimano MTB shoes I use with my road bike because I commute sometimes and like to walk around - they're comfy, durable, and do the trick.
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I use a size 10.5 on regular shoes, what would be the size on a road shoe ? The SIDIs on Nashbar looks good for the price.
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nevermind, I found the sizing chart - http://www.nashbar.com/tech/sizebody.cfm
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You might want to consider the next size up in Sidis. The chart shows a 49 for me (14US), but I tried some on at the LBS and the 50 was a better fit.
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Originally Posted by DocRay
a british mag voted these better than most $300 shoes:



http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/141...Road-Shoes.htm

$60
They look like the CAT-1 Gavia from Performance:



http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2110
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Originally Posted by varunku
I use a size 10.5 on regular shoes, what would be the size on a road shoe ? The SIDIs on Nashbar looks good for the price.
Go to a shop first and try them on. I wear a 10 in regular shoes, but a 42 (only 8.5 US) in bike shoes. Remember bike shoes need to be a lot more snug than your everyday sneakers. If Nashbar has the SIDIs in a 42 for that price I'd have bought them in a heartbeat.
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Wow, carbon soled shoes on Craig's list.
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Originally Posted by bbattle
Wow, carbon soled shoes on Craig's list.
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If Diadoras fit there are many out there to be had for around the $100 mark, Pro Racers etc, they aren't bad. Most of the Pearl Isumis can be found for the same price but sizes are about 1 off.
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I bought a pair of Sette (pricepoint) MTB shoes. They're good shoes, especially for the price (35 bucks). The only problem I had was that I had to cut out part of the sole to get them to engage the cleat properly, only one of the shoes had the problem and it looks like the cleats mounted on a different spot on each of the shoes. Doesn't seem like it's going to cause much of a problem though :-)

I think I'm going to stick to using mtb shoes, forever!
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I have a pair of Diadora Gekos ($60)...love 'em. I bought them from Nashbar and have to say that I took a chance on getting the right size, and they fit dead on. I was pretty lucky and don't know if I would do that again. But the shoes are great and I really like the two velcro straps instead of three.
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