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Old 06-17-19, 01:58 PM
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SPD (non-SL) are fine for the road.

Sidi Dominator MTB and Genius road shoes are the exact same thing except 2 bolt vs 3 bolt. I find no functional difference between the two on the bike and walking is easier with SPD shoes.

When my road pedals die I'll probably switch to Xpedo M-Force 8 Ti SPD pedals at 212 grams/pair and do away with road pedals and shoes entirely. I'll use touring shoes for casual riding and XC racing MTB shoes for fast road rides.

SPD are ubiquitous and cleats are $16.

There really isn't a reason to put up with not being able to walk properly IMO.


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Old 06-17-19, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
SPD (non-SL) are fine for the road.

Sidi Dominator MTB and Genius road shoes are the exact same thing except 2 bolt vs 3 bolt. I find no functional difference between the two on the bike and walking is easier with SPD shoes.

When my road pedals die I'll probably switch to Xpedo M-Force 8 Ti SPD pedals at 212 grams/pair and do away with road pedals and shoes entirely. I'll use touring shoes for casual riding and XC racing MTB shoes for fast road rides.

SPD are ubiquitous and cleats are $16.

There really isn't a reason to put up with not being able to walk properly IMO.


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I'll check those out. I bought a pair of giro off amazon today. Not sure of the quality but they were fairly inexpensive so I'm sure I can make due with them for a while. Thank you for your recommendations. I'm gonna check them out. Also it seems some folks don't walk in their cycling shoes. Not arguing just trying to understand. I have a very limited view of the cycling community. But everyone I've ridden with walks in their cycling shoes. I mean when we do store stops I've not seen anyone take their shoes off and go in. Just wondering the context I guess.

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Old 06-17-19, 07:56 PM
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As others pointed out you ended up with the wrong shoe/cleat combination. You have road shoes (nothing around the cleat) but mountain 2 bolt pedals. If you want to stay with clipless you'd be far more comfortable with mountain shoes that have tread on each side of the cleat so you can walk around.

They look more like this you can see how the tread on each side of the cleat makes them more walkable:



That being said, if maximum walkability is what you want, flats are the best. I switched from clipless to flats because my feet hurt with clipless (maybe not the case for everyone but it was for me) and there's a lot of convenience factors in flats - wearing in the car to the ride, not need to switch shoes before and after the ride, putting a foot down and knowing I'll have grip, etc.

I have Dmr Vault Pedals (expensive but the most comfortable pedal):
https://www.amazon.com/DMR-Vault-Ped...dp/B07G3GN9B7/

Raceface Chesters are supposed to be good (and much cheaper) but I haven't used them myself.

For shoes, Five Ten's use a special rubber compound that is more grippy on metal pins than regular rubber and completely eliminates any foot-slides-off-the-pedal issues:
https://www.adidasoutdoor.com/five-t...hoe/BTM00.html
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Originally Posted by Weakbikr View Post
Also it seems some folks don't walk in their cycling shoes. Not arguing just trying to understand. I have a very limited view of the cycling community. But everyone I've ridden with walks in their cycling shoes. I mean when we do store stops I've not seen anyone take their shoes off and go in. Just wondering the context I guess.
When I ride I just ride. I don't stop anywhere and do anything. Now, in some other areas there are brewerys and coffee shops that cater to cyclists (like in Philly where my daughter lives for example) so you have a reason to stop. Around here there is nothing like that.

If I have to go to the store I'll drive, as I don't want to leave my rather expensive bike outside and I don't want to lug a heavy bike lock around.
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Old 06-18-19, 05:57 AM
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I guess for clarification, most of the longer rides being 40 miles and up incorporate a store stop where we will rest for a few. Get a drink bathroom break etc... Those are the times I'm talking about walking around. Not just riding up to the store to grab a soda. Like I said earlier. I have a very limited view of the cycling community and can only speak of the rides I have been on. These types of rides are pretty common around here. I do understand however that there are more hardcore riders who don't break often and their routine would certainly be different. I have ordered a pair of mtb shoes to solve my problem. Everyone has been very helpful and I really appreciate all of the suggestions. Feels good to know there is a wealth of knowledge here to use when needed.
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Old 06-18-19, 01:10 PM
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I guess for clarification, most of the longer rides being 40 miles and up incorporate a store stop where we will rest for a few. Get a drink bathroom break etc... Those are the times I'm talking about walking around. Not just riding up to the store to grab a soda. Like I said earlier. I have a very limited view of the cycling community and can only speak of the rides I have been on. These types of rides are pretty common around here. I do understand however that there are more hardcore riders who don't break often and their routine would certainly be different. I have ordered a pair of mtb shoes to solve my problem. Everyone has been very helpful and I really appreciate all of the suggestions. Feels good to know there is a wealth of knowledge here to use when needed.
Do what you believe is best for you and the type of riding you do. I use SPD pedals because my group tend to socialize a lot as we are bunch of old military retirees. I have both MTB and road shoes( depending on which grabs my eye and currently a good deal). For road shoes without the 2 hole SPD, I use the Sidi SPD adapter plates.
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Old 06-19-19, 07:59 PM
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I picked Giro cyclocross shoes with SPD cleats and Shimano XT-T8000 touring pedals. Needed beefy pedals due to bad feet.
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