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Old 12-19-15, 08:15 PM
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mountain bike shoes for touring

I'll probably get a pr. of mountain bike shoes for touring. So what shoe and what pedal do you use. I have a pr of fairly inexpensive shoes with SPD cleats, I used for a while but with the small footprint of the cleat hurt the balls of my feet. I really like my Sidi shoes with Look type pedals on my road bicycle. They are 3 bolt. I see that mountain shoes are 2 bolt.I have a foot problem stiff soles for me. Any suggestions.
I will go over to the mountain bike forum and ask them also.
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I like a fairly low end Sidi model of MTB shoe, I think the Giau is still a current model. I use them with Shimano PD-M520 SPD pedals. That combination works well for me.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
I like a fairly low end Sidi model of MTB shoe, I think the Giau is still a current model. I use them with Shimano PD-M520 SPD pedals. That combination works well for me.
any chance you can address my concern about the "footprint" size of the cleat? Low end Sidi should still be a damn good shoe. I'll look up your suggestions.
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Pearl Izumi Xalp drift IV is the shoe i use the most. It light, breathes great, and is stiff enough for me while still being comfortable to wear all day.

I use m324 and a530 pedals. But both are clip on one side, so they are both dangerous according to you.
Warning-stay away from these dangerous pedals.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox View Post
any chance you can address my concern about the "footprint" size of the cleat? Low end Sidi should still be a damn good shoe. I'll look up your suggestions.
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I hesitated to weigh in on that because it is a kind of a gray area as to how stiff of a sole is stiff enough. My impression is that they are stiff enough to support the smaller style cleats well enough, for me. They definitely are better than the other brands I have tried, but are probably not as stiff as the top of the line Sidi Dominator. For me the Giau (and before that the Bullet 2) are kind of in a sweet spot. I find the velcro closure good enough and like that they have less of a space alien look than the Dominator with it's ratcheting buckles and more garish logos/colors. The price substantially less, but not cheap. I do find that they hold up well and last a pretty long time.
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I use Pearl Izumi X-Project 3.0 shoes for both MTB and touring. They have good stiffness in the sole for riding, with a design that allows for comfortable and efficient walking when off the bike (I've done short hikes in the woods with them between ride segments, and they're comfy and hold up very well). I have Shimano PD-A530 pedals on my touring bike, because I typically end up using both the SPD and platform sides of them moreso on tours/camping trips.
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look at Giro Rumble VR Bike SPD Shoes
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I've used...and really liked...a carbon fiber soled mountain bike shoe from Pearl Izumi for many years. Unfortunately, they changed the sole last and the newer Pearl shoes are extremely narrow and I found them to be very uncomfortable. I've also use Specialized Body Geometry shoes, Mavic mountain bike shoes and any number of other mountain bike shoes. As long as they fit, I've found them comfortable.

As for pedals, I use Shimano M520s for everything. They are dirt cheap, as tough as an old cowhand and they use a pedal wrench to install and remove. The more expensive versions of the Shimano pedals use an allen wrench on the back of the crank and that method has a couple of problems. You can't get them tight enough and they tend to back out or, if you do manage to get the tight enough, you may never remove them. They are awkward to install and remove. Stick with the pedal wrench.
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look at Five Ten Maltese falcon SPD shoes
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My latest thoughts are, Speedplay frogs for pedals, I could not find Sidi Giau, I have the road version and like them. Nashbar has 3 velcro strap shoes from Lake & Giro $70. The micro adjust is $90 . I like the idea of micro adjust but geez something else to break. I'm okay with a velcro top strap because I don't know any better. How durable are the micro adjust? I would like to try them.
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I'v used most of the Shimano "road" SPD pedals. I found the A530's to be super slick on the platform side when wet.

I've been using these Wellgo pedals for the last month or so. Of course I can't comment on lifespan, but they are great, to me.

I don't care to be locked into having to use cleats all of the time. My current shoes are a pair of Sidi SPD sandals for summer, Lake boots in the cold and Teva Hurricane sandals in between. Most of the time
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You might need to just go into a bike shop that is well stocked with lots of shoes and find teh stiffest one they have.

Option two - a really stiff shoe with toe clips on platforms.

I am really happy with Keen Aroyo Pedal sandals and Keen Commuter III sandles, both of which are SPD. But you apparantly do not want any SPD shoes.
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Using Sidi Dominator MTB shoes w/Crank Brothers' Mallets & Crank Bros' cleats. Combo is fairly heavy but Dominator has narrow & wide widths. Dominator sole is pretty stiff though OTOH not great for walking. AFAIK Dominator 2-hole/3-hole SPD/Crank/Look compatible.

BTW I read last week that there are MTB booties, apparently std road booties don't always fit well on MTB shoes.
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I tour and commute in mtn bike shoes. I also carry a pair of crocs when on tour. I know they are hideous but they are surprisingly comfortable around camp, and double as shower shoes. Definitely the way to go for me.

i have several pairs, two by shimano and one pearl Izumi. I like them all. Shoes are a personal thing and you need to go try some on and see what works for you. I go with a comfortable walking shoe with minimal "click".
i use xt pedals that have a larger platform than some sad pedals,which is why maybe I don't experience any pressure points.
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I like the Shimano MT91 SPD boots, they have Vibram soles with lots of grip, so are pretty good even for hiking. They are stiff like good walking boots too, I can't feel anything where the cleat mounts. I was using some 5Ten boots, but the sole inlay broke in half when I was hiking up a volcano in Japan. I've used both M524 and A530 pedals. The M524 are more suitable for commuting, where you may or may not wear cleats, because they have a lot of grip on the non SPD side. The A530 are better for touring, where most of the time you'll be wearing cleats, but still OK to ride to the shop with the Crocs on. They don't have as much grip as the M524 on the non SPD side.
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Switched over full time to cycling specific sandals for touring. Comfortable, great in the rain and can be paired with socks or goretex socks if cool and rainy. I have used Shimano's, Lake's, but now stick with the Nashbar Ragster Cycling sandal. They are cheap when on sale. Give them a shot, you won't be disappointed.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox View Post
My latest thoughts are, Speedplay frogs for pedals, I could not find Sidi Giau, I have the road version and like them. Nashbar has 3 velcro strap shoes from Lake & Giro $70. The micro adjust is $90 . I like the idea of micro adjust but geez something else to break. I'm okay with a velcro top strap because I don't know any better. How durable are the micro adjust? I would like to try them.
Cant wait to see this beast of a setup when you have finally spent all the thousands to create your touring machine!
Hilarious too how many people in this thread, according to you, are crazy for being so unsafe. Pedal without being clipped in? How could they take such a risk!
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Cant wait to see this beast of a setup when you have finally spent all the thousands to create your touring machine!
Hilarious too how many people in this thread, according to you, are crazy for being so unsafe. Pedal without being clipped in? How could they take such a risk!
Heh. Louis Le Tour comes to mind. Started a bunch of threads, allegedly in preparation for his tour across the country, then fell off the face of the earth back in April. The best discussions were about how he was going to take his dog and how he was planning to set up motion sensors in camp to thwart all the bad guys bent on stealing from him. And as I think I mentioned in another thread, I rode across the country with a small group of people. Two of them rode in sneakers.
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You should have the ends of the pedal contacting the sides of the Pocket recess for the cleat ..

what makes it feel like a small contact area is that you have a Rubber sole there .. it Gives.. for walking traction.

where the SPD-R Pontoons flanking the protruding cleat, on hard sole road shoes is not Rubber .


I revert to Toe clip pedals for touring , custom modified my shoe soles , to have a wide slot cleat ,
fitted 'Birk' Cork insoles ..

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Switched over full time to cycling specific sandals for touring. Comfortable, great in the rain and can be paired with socks or goretex socks if cool and rainy. I have used Shimano's, Lake's, but now stick with the Nashbar Ragster Cycling sandal. They are cheap when on sale. Give them a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Nashbar Ragsters look interesting, only $43 non-sale price! Nice open design unlike Keen with more enclosed toe box. DC local TV news once showed a bike courier who rode thru winter with bike sandals.

OTOH ultra-light road-racing shoes might work great for touring. Cool in the summer & easy to add booties for winter; tote light walking shoes if necessary. Combine the racing shoes w/UL pedals & save untold energy fighting rotating weight.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Cant wait to see this beast of a setup when you have finally spent all the thousands to create your touring machine!
Hilarious too how many people in this thread, according to you, are crazy for being so unsafe. Pedal without being clipped in? How could they take such a risk!
So what side of the street do you ride on?? Some people around my neighborhood say it's safer on the left side against traffic.
If I can afford a better bicycle why shouldn't I. If cheap bicycles were just as good the pros would be riding them, but they don't do they! I've never pulled out my foot when clipped in. In regular tennis shoes I have pulled out my foot and almost crashed.
Your mileage may vary.

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I just ordered a set of deore xt pd-t780 pedals in black.

They are dual sided and have reflectors, which is the main selling point for me. They are trekking specific and look on the surface to be the right tool for the job.
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