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Old 06-24-19, 08:53 PM
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What shoes when off of the bike?

So what shoes do you wear on tour but of of the bike?

My SPDs are pretty comfortable to walk in but I really like to get out of them off the bike. When I am touring say on the GAP and it is going to be warm and I know I will not be walking much I just take a pair of sandals. That way they double as shower sandals.

Other times, What I used to take was my New Balance athletic shoes that I wear every day. Very comfortable but bulky and heavy. Lately I have been taking a very light weight "athletic" shoe I found online. They are really more of a slipper with laces. Really comfortable for lounging but not much good for long distance walking.

This year if the cards work out right I will be doing a side trip to Rainer (via automobile) and I certainly might want to do some walking at the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood. I am afraid those light weight shoes could be a problem.

So what do you wear off bike?

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Old 06-24-19, 09:19 PM
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Same as I wear on the bike, a pair of trail runners (NB). I put Superfeet insoles in to stiffen up the sole a bit. Old tech toe clips work fine with them.

Long ago I noticed while on tour I really spend as much time off the bike during the day as on it, often walking on rocks. That's a pain at best and dangerous at worst in cleats.

Trail runners are well ventilated and dry quickly after a rain storm. In harsh, freezing conditions I carry a couple of bread bags ("Bagtex") to go over the socks inside the shoes.
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Old 06-24-19, 10:15 PM
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For long rides I wear 5-10s. For short day trips, I'll wear outdoor trainers. Like the Merrill Crossover.
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These. Pearl Izumi something or others. They are clipless but have tread like a normal shoe.

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I will typically wear cycling shoes but in summer time I will usually take a pair of flip-flops or I might bring a pair of Five Fingers. If I was on a longer tour that required a significant amount of walking or hiking then probably some trail runners or lightweight boots but I so rarely do that and my current Shimano XC-7 shoes are fairly comfortable off bike so long as I am not standing all day in them.
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Varies with the trip. Sometimes SPDs only, sometimes I take some other form of light footwear. I really used to like Cushe slipper shoes but they are no longer available. I have sometimes taken flip flops or Crocs (in a neutral gray or brown). I have taken trail runners.

The choice depends on how much hiking I plan to do and how rugged the terrain will be.

Don't forget that if all the hiking, all of the more rugged hiking, or at least most of it is concentrated in one portion of a trip you don't necessarily need to carry the shoes the whole trip. I bought a pair of trail runners in the Yosemite store just for the week there. You can buy or have a pair of shoes sent from home and send them home after just for one portion.

You could have real hiking shoes for Rainer if you want and never carry them on the bike since that part of your trip is by car. I think that is what I would do.
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I'm using Kinetarelay which slip on shoe by Saucony that weighs not very much and packs down to nothing. They are fine for walking around town but I wouldn't want to use them for hiking
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
So what shoes do you ware on tour but of of the bike?

My SPDs are pretty comfortable to walk in but I really like to get out of them off the bike. When I am touring say on the GAP and it is going to be warm and I know I will not be walking much I just take a pair of sandals. That way they double as shower sandals.

Other times, What I used to take was my New Balance athletic shoes that I wear every day. Very comfortable but bulky and heavy. Lately I have been taking a very light weight "athletic" shoe I found online. They are really more of a slipper with laces. Really comfortable for lounging but not much good for long distance walking.

This year if the cards work out right I will be doing a side trip to Rainer (via automobile) and I certainly might want to do some walking at the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood. I am afraid those light weight shoes could be a problem.

So what do you wear off bike?
it seems to me that you have answered your own question really.
I too have taken very light simple "running shoes" that were both inexpensive in price, but not really good for much walking. They were fine for what I used them for, cost me 25 canadian bucks or something at a clearance place, but the cheapness of them showed up in not having proper arch support etc, so for more walking they were not very good.
I took better quality running shoes next time and appreciated them for when I walked more.

it seems to me that its pretty simple--a more comfortable shoe to walk/hike in is just going to weigh more, and you have to evaluate what your priorities are.
I personally wouldnt take my cheap but light shoes again, unless I really was not going to be walking around much, and while I forget the diff in weight I was dealing with, probably 150-200 grams, if your feet will be more comfortable in heavier ones, so be it.
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I wear my Keen sandals on and off the bike. They're not perfect, but they're the best I've found. On the bike, off the bike, on a hike, walking in town, in the shower, in the river, in rain, in the mud. If it's cold, I can wear them with socks. If it's cold and wet, I wear them with waterproof socks. If it's just wet, my feet get wet. I've occasionally tried to travel with a 2nd pair of shoes. But they take up a lot of space, and my Keens get the job done most places.
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Old 06-25-19, 08:38 AM
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Birkenstock, for the comfortable arch support .. resoled with a vibram outsole..
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Originally Posted by djb View Post
it seems to me that you have answered your own question really.
I too have taken very light simple "running shoes" that were both inexpensive in price, but not really good for much walking. They were fine for what I used them for, cost me 25 canadian bucks or something at a clearance place, but the cheapness of them showed up in not having proper arch support etc, so for more walking they were not very good.
I took better quality running shoes next time and appreciated them for when I walked more.

it seems to me that its pretty simple--a more comfortable shoe to walk/hike in is just going to weigh more, and you have to evaluate what your priorities are.
I personally wouldnt take my cheap but light shoes again, unless I really was not going to be walking around much, and while I forget the diff in weight I was dealing with, probably 150-200 grams, if your feet will be more comfortable in heavier ones, so be it.
Actually I didn't. I am still trying to figure which to take. I know for sure I will be up at Government Camp but don't know how much walking I will do right now. The side trip to Rainer is iffy right now. It is sort of one of those if all the stars align side trips.

So don't know if I want to take the heavier more comfortable ones or the lightweight ones.
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hell, just go with these

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Ditched SPD for platform pedals (Saint). I do not carry extra shoes (space consideration). I ride with Teva sandals in warm weather, and trail runners when temperatures are approaching freezing.

If I were riding with SPD shoes, I'd carry sandals or trail runners based on temperature. My preference is for sandals
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The same shoes I wear all of the time, because they're comfortable and work just fine for riding a bike. I'm not in a race when I'm touring...
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In warm weather it's sandals, no need for two pairs of shoes. In colder weather, near and below freezing I'll wear whatever is appropriate for the conditions.
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Currently on tour with a new pair of Xero Shoes. Liking them a lot. Featherweight and pack flat.
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I decided to go with my cheapie light weight slipper shoes.
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Nashbar cycling sandals. Spd cleats. Great all around for walking. For long hikrs I take the cleats off.
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Chaco

I ride in stiff carbon sole Specialized mountain bike shoes with Speedplay frog pedals. Very comfortable for biking but not great for walking much more than around a grocery store. Carry Chaco sandals for off bike use—strap on top of back rack. Great for walking or light hiking.

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Nashbar cycling sandals. Spd cleats. Great all around for walking. For long hikrs I take the cleats off.
Removing and putting back on cleats is just asking for knee issues if not positioned well, or more likely them loosening a bit and even coming off and getting them even stuck in pedals-- I've seen it with someone and had to deal with fixing it.

One of my knees needs a particular cleat angle, same angle of cleat since 1992, so sure wouldn't want to get it right, or wrong, numerous times.
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Shimano XM9 and Crocs Flip Flops (not the closed sandals) The XM9s cover riding, walking and hiking and evenings. Have a good Vibram sole. I wear boots everywhere anyway. The Crocs walking around camp and they are indestructible without being huge.
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Back when I toured ultra light and I was ultra light kung fu slippers. Everyone’s different. Maybe you need casual dress shoes, walking shoes, light low top trail shoes.
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Removing and putting back on cleats is just asking for knee issues if not positioned well, or more likely them loosening a bit and even coming off and getting them even stuck in pedals-- I've seen it with someone and had to deal with fixing it.

One of my knees needs a particular cleat angle, same angle of cleat since 1992, so sure wouldn't want to get it right, or wrong, numerous times.
Nashbar Ragsters are my primary riding shoe and the only thing I use on and off the bike on my occasional 5 days. I do not remove the cleats. Mine are showing some wear with about 7500 miles on them in all seasons and conditions. I still see them on performance website, thought they went under? Hmmm. Maybe I'll buy another pair.
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I carried two pairs of shoes - clipless and walking - for my first couple of tours. I found it to be a pain to carry extra shoes, and I reasoned that I was not in a hurry anyway, so I could dispense with the clipless, and just wear normal shoes. I wear new Balance on and off the bike.
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Suspension shoes for when one is off the bike with hydraulic brakes & suspension fork!
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