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Old 02-27-22, 05:50 PM
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I don’t think the OP is using platform/flat pedals as most people understand them.

MKS Sylvan pedals he linked to are traditional quill pedals. The Next model has a serrated edge cage. There are no pins.

Five tens, skate shoes are great, I use hiking shoes on my mtb platforms with pins. Would never consider using them with clips and straps.

Running traditional clip-strap quill pedals without cleats causes the shoe to be pretty loose. I’m running older DA 7400 pedals that have a bit more contact area, but it is not foolproof against an occasional slip even with my touring shoes.

I’ve ridden a lot of years with traditional cleats and your bike is like Mary’s lamb as it will follow you where ever you go in a crash.

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Old 02-28-22, 02:06 AM
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Till date all the shoes I have been wearing I think nike cleats are best for running, cycling or hiking. All we need to know is what is actually our requirement.
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Old 02-28-22, 04:08 AM
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Converse Chuck Taylor low-tops. Been wearing them for years with toe clips.
Big bonus is that you can throw them in the washer and dryer
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Old 02-28-22, 02:35 PM
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I got a set of Bontragers that work really well

If you're in the market for a set, find a store and try them on first. My foot's a 7 1/2 EEEE and 9 1/2 fit like a glove
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Converse Chuck Taylor low-tops. Been wearing them for years with toe clips.
Big bonus is that you can throw them in the washer and dryer

Plus they are in vogue now. You will be stylin...........
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Old 02-28-22, 05:34 PM
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Optimal for flat pedals = Chrome Krusk shoes,
otherwise a good running shoe or
Chuck Taylors
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Old 02-28-22, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post
Converse Chuck Taylor low-tops. Been wearing them for years with toe clips.
Big bonus is that you can throw them in the washer and dryer
I wore Chucks in high school. I donít recall them lasting very long. But maybe Iím easier on shoes now.
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Old 02-28-22, 08:54 PM
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I need a stiffer sole than Chuck Taylors provide
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The Chrome Kursk look interesting because you can get them without the SPD and the sole has a reinforced plate. It also looks pretty smooth.

They remind me of the gray low cut Specialized touring shoes from the 80’s.

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Old 02-28-22, 10:29 PM
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Giro Latch $150


Grio VR Rumble $100


I opted for the Rumble. Planning to use them for the Eroica California this year. (blackening out the neon colors)
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Old 03-01-22, 03:38 AM
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz View Post
I wore Chucks in high school. I donít recall them lasting very long. But maybe Iím easier on shoes now.
They last a very long time as I only wear them when cycling
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Old 03-01-22, 06:55 AM
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I have three bikes with three different pedal types - Clips and straps on the road bike, Flat w/ pins on the SS, and plain flats on the hybrid. I've found that Chrome shoes worked best all around, yet mostly use Five 10's. The Chromes have a slightly smaller toe box height that fit clips and has good rubber for the flats. However I prefer the Five 10s as they are slightly stiffer and yet more comfortable, have good rubber also, but a taller toe box, so adapted my clips to fit. Never raced and been riding clips and straps on road bikes since 1971.
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What 5-10 shoes + pedals with pedal pins get you is that your foot stays solidly attached to the pedal as long as there's any weight on it. My first pair of 5-10's was actually to much you couldn't even reposition your foot on the pedal because they were so grippy, they actually made them less grippy after that.

With five tens and pedals with pins there's no reason to use straps. Straps are harder to get out of, especially in and emergency. Straps require you to look down and flip over the pedal - 5-10 setup does not, once you get used to them you can put the foot on the pedal without looking. No flipping the pedal over needed.

I got rid of my clipless stuff when I went to 5-10's, as I prefer easy and comfortable to the more technical clipless.
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Old 03-26-22, 01:04 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclic_eric View Post
Giro Latch $150


Grio VR Rumble $100


I opted for the Rumble. Planning to use them for the Eroica California this year. (blackening out the neon colors)
Loving your choice
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Old 03-26-22, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
I need a stiffer sole than Chuck Taylors provide
Same here. Another thing about Vans, Five Tens and Chuck Taylor type shoes is that they weigh about a pound apiece. It's easy to find good athletic shoes with a rigid bottom that weigh about half as much. The good thing about the Chuck Taylor types is that the sole doesn't flare out wide where it makes contact with the pedal. I have found favor with Under Armor Charged shoes, Narrow in the front. Light in weight at just over a half pound. Have a relatively stiff outer member on the sole.
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Old 03-26-22, 10:16 AM
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Up until this last week I used to swear by my Skechers because of the soft sole. Now I've looked at others and have come up with the conclusion that pretty much any soft soled shoe without an overhanging tread/sole can be a good riding shoe if you're running pinned flat pedals. IMO
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Old 03-26-22, 04:17 PM
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For true platform pedals like those for mountain bikes there are mountain bike shoes with very grippy soles, like the Five Ten shoes. There soles are soft like those for rock climbing shoes and from which the 5.10 takes its name.

The problem with standard clip type pedals with the Five Ten and similar shoes is that the pedal will not provide much support nor will the shoe which is fine for short rides around town but not great for going any distance or up hills.
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Old 03-26-22, 07:43 PM
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I wear these on my flat pedals with socks:

https://www.rei.com/product/127478/k...2-sandals-mens

Easy to put on and cinch up. Good grip on the pins. Cool in the summer, I live in the south. Crossing a stream, take off my socks, wade across, shake them out, and put my socks back on. Just purchased a new pair with 20% off with REI's Spring sale going on.
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Old 03-26-22, 08:59 PM
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I have a pair of Ride Concepts Livewire MTB shoes and they are awesome at staying on the pedals. Also being specific to Mountain Biking, they are designed to offer some protection for your feet and toes. They run around $100 but REI had them on sale for a little over $50. Very comfortable too. If you order them, order a size larger as they run small.
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