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Old 12-29-05, 02:34 PM
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First ride with clipless pedals...Awesome!!

This is awesome. My first ride with clipless pedals and I am sold. I can't believe how much better it is. I'll definitely have to give it a few more rides and many more miles to see if my knee pain sprouts up, but my first impression... incredible.
I'm gonna have to go and find some hills. I was going to switch my crankset next, but I may wait awhile longer now. Simply switching to clipless pedals seems like it may do just as good a job at leveling out the hills as a 26 tooth granny. Of course that is just my initial impression and I am fairly new to road cycling. But the difference is night and day.
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I had the same experience the first time I rode them. People who slag them off have obviously never tried them.

The argument that you can't walk comfortably on tour also doesn't carry weight with me - the benefits are so good I would far rather ride clipless and carry a light pair of walking shoes....
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Originally Posted by dreamy
I had the same experience the first time I rode them. People who slag them off have obviously never tried them.

The argument that you can't walk comfortably on tour also doesn't carry weight with me - the benefits are so good I would far rather ride clipless and carry a light pair of walking shoes....
It's just plain a good idea to bring a second pair of shoes anyway so your sweaty cycling shoes have a chance to air out in the evening.

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This is awesome. My first ride with clipless pedals and I am sold. I can't believe how much better it is. I'll definitely have to give it a few more rides and many more miles to see if my knee pain sprouts up, but my first impression... incredible.
I'm gonna have to go and find some hills. I was going to switch my crankset next, but I may wait awhile longer now. Simply switching to clipless pedals seems like it may do just as good a job at leveling out the hills as a 26 tooth granny. Of course that is just my initial impression and I am fairly new to road cycling. But the difference is night and day.
I have no ACL and half of a meniscus in my right knee. The only time I've had trouble was some IT band pain the beginning of last season because I started too fast after swimming instead of riding all winter. Just pay attention to your body and you'll probably be fine.
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Have ya fallen at a stop sign yet?
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anyone care to suggest a pair of clipless hsoes for my clipless pedals? and perhaps a good place to buy them?
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Originally Posted by mr bill
anyone care to suggest a pair of clipless hsoes for my clipless pedals? and perhaps a good place to buy them?
What kind of pedal do you have? How much do you want to spend?

What do you want out of a shoe? Stiffness? Low weight? Walkability? Velcro or laces? Understated or colorful?
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Originally Posted by halfspeed
What kind of pedal do you have? How much do you want to spend?

What do you want out of a shoe? Stiffness? Low weight? Walkability? Velcro or laces? Understated or colorful?
well, not really sure what kind of pedal... it's the stock one on the trek 520. shimano clipless, i believe...

walkability would be nice, understated would be nice. not enough experience in the other areas to have a preference...
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I am sold also. I will never go back to toe clips. Just wait till you fall. I have never fallen because of forgetting. All my falls are when moving slow over a bad surface like gravel. I know try to remember to unclip when traveling slow over bad surfaces.
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Check out this thread for shoes: https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/162159-advice-shoes.html

I just got a pair of the Lake Sandals from nashbar, and so far they feel great. I've heard the shimano ones are better though (didn't have them in my size so I went with the lakes, still very happy)
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Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
Have ya fallen at a stop sign yet?
I have not fallen yet, and I can't imagine that I ever will. I know everyone says that it is inevitable, but the speedplay frogs are just too easy to unclip. I'm not gonna say anymore about falling or not falling because I do not want to jinx myself.


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anyone care to suggest a pair of clipless shoes for my clipless pedals? and perhaps a good place to buy them?
I followed a recommendation by halfspeed and purchased the Shimano SH-TO92 touring shoes from performance for $99. They are walkable, even with the somewhat larger frog cleat.
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[QUOTE=jcwitte]I have not fallen yet, and I can't imagine that I ever will. I know everyone says that it is inevitable, but the speedplay frogs are just too easy to unclip. I'm not gonna say anymore about falling or not falling because I do not want to jinx myself.

Oh, you're gonna fall. Believe us. You will fall, and it will be slow and embarassing. After that, they're one of cyclings greatest inventions.
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Originally Posted by mr bill
well, not really sure what kind of pedal... it's the stock one on the trek 520. shimano clipless, i believe...

walkability would be nice, understated would be nice. not enough experience in the other areas to have a preference...
Prices range from $20 to over $200 with sales pretty much constant at mail order places like Nashbar. Pick your price range and go from there.

For walkability, skip the "road" shoes. Any recent MTB shoe should fit your cleats with no problem.

As previously mentioned, I like the Shimano touring shoes. Unfortunately, they're never on sale. My reasons for using them are:
* Three velcro straps instead of laces makes them easier to adjust the fit across the foot and through the day. Plus, I don't like tying my shoes.
* Stiff sole means no hotspots from cleats and a wide pedaling platform.
* Rubberized sole with cleat recesses makes them more walkable on more surfaces (especially indoor) than MTB shoes with hard plastic lugs.
* Fit my frog cleats perfectly.
* No signs of significant wear with around 2000 miles on them.
* While not as stealthy as sneaker-looking shoes, they aren't garish.

I've also ridden Diadora and Time shoes. The Diadora Geckos weren't stiff enough for me and the fit on the Times wasn't as adjustable. I still use the Times as backups and since they are a little bigger they get use in the fall with heavy socks.

If you buy online and they don't fit your feet or don't work for you, the exchange process can get lengthy and your savings can be eaten up by shipping costs. The biggest drawback to going to the LBS is that selection can be limited. My wife's foot is an unusual shape so finding shoes for her meant going to multiple bike shops until we found some that fit. I ended up ordering my shoes from Performance b/c my LBS said they couldn't get the shoes I wanted.
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I had the Shimano touring shoes and they are somewhat narrow in the forefoot, as are several of the brands, so I had to go to Sidi mtn shoes in the Mega (wide) size. Incredibly comfortable, but pricey. Worth it for me though, as I can ride all day again.
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Originally Posted by halfspeed
As previously mentioned, I like the Shimano touring shoes. Unfortunately, they're never on sale. My reasons for using them are:
* Three velcro straps instead of laces makes them easier to adjust the fit across the foot and through the day. Plus, I don't like tying my shoes.
* Stiff sole means no hotspots from cleats and a wide pedaling platform.
* Rubberized sole with cleat recesses makes them more walkable on more surfaces (especially indoor) than MTB shoes with hard plastic lugs.
* Fit my frog cleats perfectly.
* No signs of significant wear with around 2000 miles on them.
* While not as stealthy as sneaker-looking shoes, they aren't garish.
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Hi halfspeed,

I was just looking around for some Shimano SH-TO92 touring shoes and happened upon a rare sale price of $69.99 at Piermont Bicycle Connection (I've never heard of them). Sizes are limited. Along with your recommendation, the SH-TO92 come highly recommended by many other tourists who prefer a good, somewhat walkable, cycling shoe. BTW, at that price they won't stay on the shelf too long. (I, for one, will be getting one pair).

Thanks,

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Ok, how about going the other way now...I've got a pair of shoes that I like (Cannondale something's) that have a fairly agressive sole and a removeable section in the sole for cleats. What brand/model of clipless pedals are good for touring? I've got an '04 Trek 520.

Thanks!
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I just went clipless and it's pretty awesome, but after a couple hours my feet started feeling numb. Is this normal? Or is there something I'm doing wrong? Shoes too tight?
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Could be your shoes are too tight.

You also need to remember to wiggle your toes. . . which you may not think of because you sort of stop thinking about your feet once you are clipped in.
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Originally Posted by burbankbiker
I just went clipless and it's pretty awesome, but after a couple hours my feet started feeling numb. Is this normal? Or is there something I'm doing wrong? Shoes too tight?
I had this problem at first as well. Sometimes when I would walk with them, I'd get a tingling sensation in my left foot. It turns out they were just too tight. Now, I just keep the bottom two velcro straps a little bit loose and tighten up the top one and my feet have had no problems.
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Price of these things doesn't worry me as the last for years.
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Unless you're me and your dog ate your Sidi Dominators last night!!! GAH!
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Unless you're me and your dog ate your Sidi Dominators last night!!! GAH!

Wow, that really stinks!!!! That better be an otherwise damn sweet pooch!
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