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Old 03-20-09, 12:34 AM
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Looking for some reasonably priced clipless shoes

Already found a pretty good deal on some clipless pedals

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...estore_ID=1472

so now I just need some shoes to go with them. I went for one-sided pedals because I've never used clipless before and I like the option of forgoing the clips for sketchy stretches of road and to learn on.

Clipless shoes are another story, I'm having trouble finding a pair. Basically I'm looking for a pair of shoes that can be my sole pair, as in I'll tour in them while clipped in but then I can walk around in them as well. I've been told such shoes exist but can't seem to find any. I'll be in them for 6-8 hours a day while doing a cross-continent tour on the bike, and then to walk around town on any off days or to do touristy things.

Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Agentbolt
Already found a pretty good deal on some clipless pedals

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...estore_ID=1472

so now I just need some shoes to go with them. I went for one-sided pedals because I've never used clipless before and I like the option of forgoing the clips for sketchy stretches of road and to learn on.

Clipless shoes are another story, I'm having trouble finding a pair. Basically I'm looking for a pair of shoes that can be my sole pair, as in I'll tour in them while clipped in but then I can walk around in them as well. I've been told such shoes exist but can't seem to find any. I'll be in them for 6-8 hours a day while doing a cross-continent tour on the bike, and then to walk around town on any off days or to do touristy things.

Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks!
Wouldn't just about any mountain bike shoe work? Most, as far as I can tell, feature a recessed cleat position and will allow you to walk in them.
 
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I used MTB type shoes. I like the Sidi models which are on the expensive side, but their lower end Bullet 2 model isn't bad. I actually like the Bullet 2 as well as or better than the Dominator for touring. Price is probably on the high side of reasonable.

There are lots of other choices available. Which ones best fit your feet will be a big factor.

Those campus pedals are OK but on my daughter's bike they wore out pretty fast. They had a lot of "slop" after doing the TA (they were new at the start). After another year or so of commuting they were pretty much shot. They are cheap enough to just replace them once in a while and the wear is gradual so a sudden failure is unlikely.
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Peral Izumi has touring shoes that I really like. I have ridden all day and then hiked a mountain trail or walked city streets. Their touring shoe does it all quite well. Under $100.00.
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The cheaper Shimano mountain bike shoes work fine and take a lot of abuse. Some of them forego garish colors and frill and look like normal shoes.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
I used MTB type shoes. I like the Sidi models which are on the expensive side, but their lower end Bullet 2 model isn't bad. I actually like the Bullet 2 as well as or better than the Dominator for touring. Price is probably on the high side of reasonable.

There are lots of other choices available. Which ones best fit your feet will be a big factor.

Those campus pedals are OK but on my daughter's bike they wore out pretty fast. They had a lot of "slop" after doing the TA (they were new at the start). After another year or so of commuting they were pretty much shot. They are cheap enough to just replace them once in a while and the wear is gradual so a sudden failure is unlikely.
I read all the reviews for that pedal (I'd just read the first 10 or so when I first looked) and several people do mention the pedals tend to break down after a few thousand miles. So I guess I'm still on the lookout for pedals as well.

So any MTB clipless shoe will likely work, eh? Okay then, I'll go start trying some on. Thanks guys.
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Originally Posted by Agentbolt
I read all the reviews for that pedal (I'd just read the first 10 or so when I first looked) and several people do mention the pedals tend to break down after a few thousand miles. So I guess I'm still on the lookout for pedals as well.
Yes. That or just figure on replacing them after 4000-6000 miles. FWIW: I asked my daughter what she thought about the choice of a pedal with spd on one side and a cage on the other. Her response was that she would have used a double sided spd for the TA if she were starting over, but that she loves the campus pedals for commuting and around campus (She is a grad student).

So any MTB clipless shoe will likely work, eh? Okay then, I'll go start trying some on. Thanks guys.
Yep. Some are better to walk in than others. I never minded walking a few miles in them, but was sometimes glad to get out of them in the evening. We carried Crocs for when we wanted a break from the bike shoes. Sometimes we even hiked in them.
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I use Specialized Tahoe MTB shoes. IIRC they were like $70. No complaints.

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Find a Specialized dealer and try the Sport MTB shoes. I have had the Comp MTB for years now and they are great. The Sport has a simpler closure (3 velcro straps).

It all depends on the last and the shape of your foot. I have a wide forefoot and narrow heel. Specialized and Exustar work well for me. Lake, Shimano, Northwave and Diadora do not.
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I have the Shimano A530's and like them. I generally clip in rather than use the flat side of the pedal, but that is nice to have as well. I got them from Universal Cycles and they priced matches Amazon's price:
https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Dual-P...7731144&sr=1-5

I use Patrol Cycle shoes and also like them a whole bunch. I have walked around a good amount on them and they are comfortable:
https://www.patrolcycle.com/patrol.cfm
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For price, if you are not worried about appearance, just go round all the local LBSs and see what end of lines they have in your size. I found a pair yesterday that were $50 ( Canadian! ) Couldn't make myself buy them though, so ugly!
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Originally Posted by Hasek
I have the Shimano A530's and like them. I generally clip in rather than use the flat side of the pedal, but that is nice to have as well. I got them from Universal Cycles and they priced matches Amazon's price:
https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Dual-P...7731144&sr=1-5

I use Patrol Cycle shoes and also like them a whole bunch. I have walked around a good amount on them and they are comfortable:
https://www.patrolcycle.com/patrol.cfm
Those both look great actually, I'm definitely looking into those.

Thanks for the replies everyone!
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Try Bike Nashbar. Their latest sales catalog has dozens of shoes under $100. Don't know about the quality, though. There are name brands among the house brand shoes so you might get something decent for a good price.

And no, I don't work for Nashbar or have anything to do with them except as a customer.
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