Louis Garneau Multi RX Cycling Shoe – Men’s Appraisal

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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

    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 13, 2014

    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 15, 2014

    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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