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    Cycling Shoes? I am getting my first pair of clipless shoes and pedals. Will all shoes fit the cleats that come with whatever pedals I decide to buy? Do I have to shop for shoes that will fit the specific cleats/pedal combos I buy?

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      I understand that there are basically two types of clip less pedal systems and of course they are not compatible.

      There is the racing style. These I think are bolted to the shoe with a 3 bolt system and so the shoes must be suitable for this system.

      May I mention that this type seem to be difficult to walk in.

      There is the ‘Shimano’ but often copied S.P.D. system. (Shimano Pedal Dynamics-or something like). These use a 4 bolt system and,by the way, the cleats are designed to be easy to walk in. They are use for touring and off road riding (mountain bikes) and often used by commuters.

      Both systems are easy to use and they both have options to set up the ‘float’ and to alter the strength of the release system.

      You could, demanding on the type of cycling you do, invest in both systems for different bikes, events or personal preference.

      May I say that unless you are racing, the spd system is probably the one for you.

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    Cycling Shoes.? I’m planning to buy some cleats but I’m not sure if I’m buying the correct shoe for the correct pedal and set.

    Will these pair of shoes work for: http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-R-A80-Road-Shoe-38-No-Colr/dp/B0011EJ3XE/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1216784352&sr=8-1
    http://www.amazon.com/Diadora-Astro-Road-Shoe/dp/B0011EFF9U/ref=pd_sbs_sg_1

    With these pedals: http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-M520-Pedals/dp/B000COB22O/ref=pd_sim_sg_2

    With these Cleats: http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Pedal-Cleat-SM-SH56-Multi-release/dp/B000F5HXRS/ref=pd_sim_sg_1

    Which shoe would you recommend? In my opinion I would choose Shimano
    Will both Pairs of shoes work on the cleats and pedals? Or do any of the shoes even work for the cleats and pedals?

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      The Shimano shoes you have selected do not have the proper slots on the underside of the sole to accommodate SPD cleats. Rather, the Shimano shoes have SPD-SL (or “superlight”) slots. (You’ll notice in the one picture, there are three bolt holes forming a triangle – that is the SPD-SL configuration.) Thus, you cannot use SPD cleats or pedals with those shoes.

      The Diadora shoes have slots for both SPD and SPD-SL. (You’ll notice the parallel slots used for SPD and then the triangle of three bolt holes for SPD-SL in the picture.) You’ll be able to use either style cleat/pedal you like. They make good shoes, so you won’t be disappointed. I have a pair of Cannondale road shoes that are actually made by Diadora and they fit me well. I also have an awesome pair of Shimano mountain shoes that are just great. Overall, the Shimanos fit my foot the best, but that is me.

      Also, the pedals usually come with the appropriate cleats in the box, so you probably don’t need to buy a separate pair. It doesn’t hurt to have an extra set for when the brass wears down and you need to replace the cleats.

      All that said, I’d strongly recommend trying on these shoes in a shop before buying them sight unseen from the Internet. This is important because the proper fit makes all the difference in the world with cycling shoes. If the fit is too loose, you won’t be transmitting the full power of your cranking force because your feet are sloshing around in your shoes. This defeats the whole purpose of cycling shoes in the first place. If the fit is too tight, then you are going to be miserable, have numb feet, and do yourself some damage. You can, of course, gamble and hope the fit is right, but you may be sorry later on. Cycling shoes fit much differently than tennis shoes and the Euro sizes throw another wrench in the works if you’re not used to them.

      If you’re looking for a good deal, I might also suggest checking out performancebike.com and/or nashbar.com for good prices on the whole shoe, cleat, pedal purchase.

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    What Are The Best Cycling Shoes? I have recently found a new hobby. Spinning at the gym. Most of the people in the class have special bike shoes. Do they really make a difference and what are the best shoes to look at with a budget of $100?
    I don’t like to buy really cheap things that wear out super fast. That’s why I gave myself the $100 budget. Also the shoes will only be worn indoors at the gym so I don’t see the need to get too fancy.
    Ummm yes what? You didn’t answer any question.

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      A good fitting pair of cycling shoes will enhance your cycling twofold.

      Cycling shoes (whether they are MTB or Road) have a much stiffer sole than trainers(you might call them sneakers). this avoids ‘Hotspots’ on the foot which become uncomfortable!

      Secondly, its easier to cycle in circles with cleated cycling shoes as your shoes are clipped to the pedals.

      As for ‘The Best Cycling Shoes’ – I use Shimano RO99 but it’s like anything, – It may suit me but not you.

      My advice: Go to a cycle shop (or two) and try some out to see what suits you, Tip- get a size bigger as feet do swell with hard cycling!

      Best of luck.

      .

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    • Greg
    • February 7, 2014
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    Decent Entry Level Cycling Shoes? I’m on the fence on whether to buy clipless pedals and cycling shoes. Before I head to my LBS, I want to get an idea of some decent entry level cycling shoes and possibly pedals that go with it.

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      You will be happy with cycling shoes. I have three pairs and all happen to be Specialized brand but that doesn’t mean much. Those are just one brand that my local shop sells and when I tried they fit me fine. So try and see.

      About the 2-bolt 3-bolt systems, I recommend the 2-bolt with recessed soles. Don’t get confused, while they are called mountain shoes, that is because the 2-bolt system was first used for mountain bikes. Today they make road shoes using that system. Yet it is difficult to change the mind set of people. One of the advantages of 2-bolt recessed shoes is that you don’t need cleat covers to carry around. You also can walk around the bike with easy if you have a flat. You can also walk inside buildings without scratching the linoleum or hardwood and being asked to remove your shoes. In a recent ride to a winery, several club members hat to remove their shoes.

      They make equally hard shoes with 2-bolt and 3-bolt systems. I have one older pair that is 3-bolt and a newer pair that is 2-bolt. Both ate constructed the same with a hardness of 5-6 so both help equally to transfer power to the pedal. The 2-bolt is 50 grams heavies because has more rubber on the bottom but that is not a big deal unless you are racing.

      i have seen 2-bolt shoes without recessed soles and that is bad news. Remember, the idea is 2-bolt with recessed sole.

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    • 123
    • February 9, 2014
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    Can You Recommend Cycling Shoes For Me? I have been taking a [indoor] spinning class for a few weeks now and I love it. I’ve been going 3x’s a week and the instructor says that if you’re going a lot you really should get shoes made for it with the clips on the bottom. my feet always cramp up a bit and she said cycling shoes will prevent them — can you recommend some for me? and do all cycling shoes clip onto all bikes universally?

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      Cycling shoes do not come with cleats, you have to buy them separately. Shoes should be fitted, meaning you should go to a store where they sell them and try on a few pairs until you find ones that fit. After that, the store can sell you the correct cleat for the pedals on the bikes in your spinning class, and install them on the shoes for you. The stiff soles of the shoes will help prevent the cramping you experience.

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    How Do I Assemble A Cycling Shoe?

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      The shoe should come pre-assembled. You will have to mount cleats on the bottom; these will typically come with the pedals that you purchase for your bike. You will need an allen wrench (hex key) to tighten the cleats to the base of the shoe. Ask your bike shop if the cleats you have will fit the shoe that you have. If not, you will need to get an adapter from the shop or manufacturer or switch to a different pedal/cleat that is compatible with your shoes.

      Hope this helps!

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    Why Use Cycling Shoes? Whats The Benefit Of Them? I recently started cycling and currently only use my trainers when riding, but i’m wondering about getting myself some cycling shoes and want to know why it is better to wear them instead of trainers…

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      Cycling shoes have a stiff sole ~ they don’t allow your feet to bend while pedaling.

      The reason for this is so that more of your leg power is applied directly to the pedals instead of being absorbed in the flexing of your feet ~ which contributes to rider fatigue.

      Cycling shoes also have a place where a cleat can be screwed to the bottom of the shoe that engages with a clipless pedal. The word “clipless” is kind of an oxymoron considering that you’re actually clipped into the pedal. I think the name is in reference to the old toe clip method…

      Anyway, clipless is good. You will be able to apply power to the pedals throughout the enire pedal stroke instead of just mashing down on them. If you ever go mountain biking, clipless pedals also keep your feet on the pedals in rough terrain.

      No matter what your riding style is, cycling shoes will help you ~ especially if you go to clipless. Once you get used to them you will never want to ride without them again. I guarantee it.

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    • Ce
    • February 16, 2014
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    Any Multi-surface Cycling Shoes? I’m in the market for new cycling shoes. I spend most of my time spinning indoors, but now that the weather is nice I’m back to the streets (road bike) and trails (MTB). I would like a shoe that I could use for all three, but Im a little unsure if such a thing exist. I guess I’m just looking for a good multi-surface cycling shoe (i.e., I want to have my cake and eat it too). Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!

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      Any mountain bike shoe with a less aggressive sole can be used for spinning or for cycling both on and off road. Of course, you have to use the same type of pedal on your road and mountain bikes, so you will have to choose a mountain bike type pedal for use on the road. There are many shoes out there that can accept both the 3 bolt Look style cleats, and the 2 bolt SPD style cleats, but it would not be practical to be switching cleats all the time if you want to use a road pedal with larger cleats. The shoe that you use depends on the pedal, not the other way around. So if you want to use the same shoe for spinning, road, and mountain biking, you will have to by a pair of shoes, and pedals that accept the same type of cleats as the pedals on the bikes where you do your spin classes.

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    I Need Advice About Cycling Shoes? I want to preface this question by saying that I’m primarily a runner, so please excuse my ignorance on the subject. However, I have some questions about purchasing some cycling shoes. Although I’m primarily a runner, I purchased a bike (GT tachyon…a hybrid) for some cross training and riding in the forest preserve. Last year, I started doing some indoor tris in the off season and found it a nice change from running every day. This past year, I competed in a couple outdoor tris…nothing too competitive, and I do fairly well for not having a tri bike. However, I’ve always just used cages and my running shoes.

    I’ve thought about making the transition to cycling shoes, but I have some reservations. My first question is:
    1. Is it difficult to get out of clips in a hurry? I fear coming to a sudden stop and falling on my face because I can’t unclip.

    Secondly, I don’t REALLY want to spend more money on a tri bike at this moment because: A. I dont’ need it for the indoor tris B. I might be starting a family in the spring and might miss all next outdoor season anyway. However, I think that if I at least got some cycling shoes, this might offer me more advantage on my bike than running shoes and cages…especially for the indoor tris where it’s all about the bike. Do clips and cycling shoes really translate to an improved mechanical advantage?

    So, if I do decide to invest in some cycling shoes, I’m really just thinking about picking up a gently used pair on ebay (I’ve got lots of credit I’ve got to use). So my next question is about sizing. Do cycle shoes fall true to running shoes? ie: is my 8.5 running shoe a good guide for me for a cycling shoe?

    Next, are clips pretty standard? At this point, I’d pretty much be using them on a spinnner, so I might not even get clips for my bike at this time, but would a stardard shoe be compatible with a spinner? Or will I need to purchase something extra?

    Finally, if I do decide to convert my pedals on my bike, what do I actually need? And how hard would it be to transfer to another bike if I ever decide to invest in a new bike for races?

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      1. Is it difficult to get out of clips in a hurry? They take some getting used to – that’s 4 sure. My local bike shop put my bike & me on the trainer for about 20 minutes before they would let me out of the store. That’s their policy with every rider new to clipless pedals & shoes. Once you get the hang of it – relatively simple. Just twist your foot outwards a bit.

      2. Cycling shoes. Never, ever buy used shoes from eBay, or any Internet site. Even when buying new cycling shoes, they are just like buying shoes at a shoe store. Try them on – walk around for a good 10 – 15 minutes in them. I tried on 3 pairs. Wound up buying the ones that fit me the best & they turned out to be the least expensive at $90.00.

      3. Pedals Just get a good set of SPD pedals. Those can be found on sites like Amazon.com & eBay relatively cheap. Make sure you get the right shoes that will match up with SPD pedals. All you’ll need to swap pedals back & forth easily is a good pedal wrench. I bought mine from my local bike shop for the same price as on Amazon.com. Links below.

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    • Drew
    • February 20, 2014
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    Will Road Cycling Shoes Be Compatible With Any Mountain Bike Pedals? I recently bought cycling shoes, thinking they were mountain bike shoes. Since the clips typically come with the pedals, can I just use the road cycling shoes with mountain bike pedals? They are 3 hole clip shoes.

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      You can buy an adapter similar to this:
      http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-sh-sm85-cleat-adapter-plate/
      However, using the adapter your cleat will be exposed on the sole of the shoe making walking difficult. You could also buy a set of spd pontoons: http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-7410-SPD-Cleat-Pontoon/dp/B001GSQVGM
      But that is a whole lot of work to adapt the shoes. Maybe you should just buy the right type of shoe in the first place. Did you buy online or in a store? If you bought online this illustrates why it isn’t a good idea to do that when you are unsure of what you are buying. A good bike shop probably would have sold you the right shoes in the first place

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