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My First Road Shoes

Old 07-31-11, 10:13 PM
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My First Road Shoes

Hey everyone, I'm finally going to get my first pair of road shoes. The one's that I am looking at are the Shimano R077's. They look like good starter cleats, and I wish that I had a bigger budget, but I don't. They are on sale for $75 dollars at one of my LBS, so I'll be able to help them out while still getting an internet low price. What do you guys think about this deal?
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Old 07-31-11, 10:22 PM
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Looks like a good deal! Get cleats with rubber if you can, can't see if the front tip is rubber or not but it helps. My first looks were plastic but the new ones have rubber on the cleat and much safer stopped
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Old 07-31-11, 10:31 PM
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i have got several thoughts on this, I see you are from LA, so for that I suggest that you get MTB shoes instead of road shoes. I own both Mtb and road shoes and the ones you are looking at will cause you a lot a grief if you plan on walking more then 10 feet in them. Unless you have the SPDL or Look pedals, I suggest egg beaters or regular spd's. I live in chicago and only rarely will ride my SPDL pedals. Granted they do have a more solid feel, there is nothing worse then struggling to get into your pedal at a stoplight or on a busy road. With my normal spd pedals I dont have to look or even think much about it.

Check out Nashbar too for good deals on road shoes.
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Good brand. Try them on. If they fit, you're good to go. If they don't quite fit, you'd best keep looking. I have lost a bit of money buying shoes that fit "pretty well" and realized that doesn't cut it when you reach the 5th or 6th hour of a ride.

Living in Los Angeles, you should be able to find plenty of brands and models to try on that should fit your budget. Performance in Santa Monica (or Pasadena), Wheel World in Culver City, and plenty of other good shops are a short drive from you.
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I suggest going up one level to a pair with ratchet type straps on top. I know some people will say that velcro is infinitely adjustable but I really appreciate the ratchet strap on the top of my shoes. Its really nice.

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...d+Shoe+09.aspx
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I agree with Gladiator, I like mine with ratchets.
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Originally Posted by escarpment View Post
...I suggest that you get MTB shoes instead of road shoes.
I went this route and wish I would have gotten road shoes instead. I never walk far with them on and have to buy new shoes in order to switch to Speedplay Zeros.
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Nice liking shoes , but i agree with others that I kind of prefer the ratchet style myself.
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