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SPD shoes that look like normal shoes

We all know that SPD shoes can be worn off the bike (that is why they were designed), however there are not many SPD shoes that you would want to wear off-bike. There are even fewer (if any) SPD shoes ...
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Sandals in the winter? Other winter footwear options?

I used Shimano cycling sandals during the summer months here in the Chicago, Illinois area. I'm wondering if I can use these during the cold winter months also or if different shoes are required. In ...
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How can I stop my feet/shins getting soaked/muddy when cycling offroad in the winter?

I went for a ride last weekend around some forrest trails, it was particulary muddy with lots of puddles, and was also raining at the time. I've got a good set of mudguards, so my back was reasonably ...
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Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?

I am looking at buying a pedal/shoe system as the clips and straps I am using are hurting my feet again. It's been a long time since I have bought a road pedal / shoe system, and I have forgotten the ...
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Shoes for oddly shaped feet

I have somewhat oddly shaped feet; They're very wide and my big toe on either foot points slightly inwards. Shoes with pointed toes generally cause me a lot of pain, so finding a road shoe has been ...
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Can mountain biking shoes be used with road bikes? What are the pros and cons?

Is there anything wrong with wearing mountain biking shoes (SPD) with a road bike? I find that it makes sense because you can still walk around with them on but you still have the ability to clip in ...
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Recommendations for clipless pedals that can be used with regular shoes

Does anybody have recommendations for clipless pedals that can be used with regular shoes? I only have 1 bike, but I use it enough that I think clipless pedals would offer a nice advantage. However, ...
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Skate shoes vs mtb shoes?

It's an old argue on forums, still cant get it. What is the (real, that worth the money and time for ordering from abroad, in my case) difference, let's say between Five Ten FreeRider shoes and some ...
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Why not place the cleats further back on the foot?

I've found a number of articles saying there is no advantage in having the cleat under the ball of your foot as opposed to further back towards the arch. The reasoning is that the calf muscle is not ...
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Does anybody manufacture extra-wide (3E/4E or EEE/EEEE ) wide road or mountain biking shoes?

I have mutant-wide feet and it's generally impossible to find comfortable shoes for any occasion. For the most part my only options in life are New Balance. I'm cycling a lot lately and would like to ...
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What is a good sandal type of cycling shoe for summer riding?

I am looking forward to the southern summer and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good sandal style cycling shoe (I have SPD pedals)?
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How to fix/prevent blocked cleat bolts

I've had my SPD touring shoes for about seven years. The cleats are the originals and are now quite worn and I noticed recently that one of them (not pictured) is at a rather wacky angle that can't be ...
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Are Merrell Barefoot shoes suitable for bike touring?

These are the specific shoes: http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/22876M/0/Mens/Barefoot-True-Glove?dimensions=0 I'm going on a 210 mile bike trip this weekend and am looking for a new ...
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What are good ways to dry shoes?

I ride through the winter in the Pacific North West and get soaked about every other ride. What are the best way you've found to dry your shoes? I've found that stuffing them with wadded up ...
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Good pedal and shoe combination for summer touring

First off given that I will be sightseeing as well is it worth the extra weight to take a dedicated cycle shoe and a walking shoe or is the extra hassle of having something else that can go wrong not ...
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walkable clipless pedal shoe to replace normal shoe?

I have a touring bike which I use almost exclusively for commuting. I am thinking about getting a clipless pedal with walkable shoes. At the same time, my normal shoes which I wear when not cycling ...
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Is there an optimal postion for SPD cleats?

I bought some SPD clipless pedals and shoes at the beginning of the season, and I want to make sure I'm getting the most out of them. There is quite a bit of distance I can move the cleat forwards ...
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First time purchase of cycling shoes?

What should one look for when purchasing spin shoes? I will mainly be using these for indoor spin classes and occasionally on a road bike.
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Keeping your feet dry (or do you not even care?)

I've finally gotten to the nirvana-like level of not caring if it's raining / snowing etc when I ride. While this is great from a biking perspective I still end up with wet feet / socks. While this is ...
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How often should I change my bikeshoe cleats?

I bought a pair of Shimano PDA600 SPD pedals along with a pair of cheap-ish Garneau Terra MTB shoes in early 2012. I wear them for my daily commute (approx. 18 Km) and semi-regular long distance ...
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How to properly position foot on flat pedals?

I recently replaced my clip-in pedals(SPD) with regular flat pedals on my commuter cycle with the hope to avoid wearing shoes with cleats on my commute. I want to wear my water proof boots to work ...
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Stop SPD shoes from grinding

I have a pair of Chrome Midway Pro SPD cycling shoes. These look like sneakers, but have a cleat mount embedded in them. Mine have worn down a bit and now the cleat crunches against the ground all ...
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Pedals and cleats compatibility

I started riding road bikes seriously a couple of years ago at which point I acquired Exustar pedals and shoes. The pedals have kept up well, but my shoes are getting a bit tired and I'm wanting to ...
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What to put on or inside winter-SPD-boots to keep toes warm?

Where I live we have very cold winds blowing in from Russia's Siberia. It is freezing despite the fact that I have all kinds of extra winter clothing like commando balaclava, SPD winter shoes, ESS ...
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How to use a vapor barrier with cycling shoes for cold weather riding?

I've heard many people like to use plastic newspaper bags or grocery bags as a vapor barrier when cold weather cycling. I'm already wearing winter cycling boots which prevent outside water ...
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What type of shoes should a commuter/road biker use?

I have a hybrid bike that I use for commuting (8k round trip to work). Currently, I wear low-backed converse shoes when biking. I've been biking for about 5 months. After the first 2 months, I ...
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Are cycling shoes comfortable as everyday wear?

I'm currently traveling to work by bike. I intent to by a new sport shoes and discovered that there is such thing like special cycling shoes? My question: Are they appropriate for wearing in the ...
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What is the sliding bar on the bottom of my road shoe for?

I recently ordered some Sidi Scarpe Zephyr Cycling Road Shoes. Absolutely fit perfectly, however I've noticed there is a sliding bar element on the bottom of the shoe and I cant work out what it is ...
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Shimano PF-M545 pedals Mavic Alpine All Mountain Shoes how to fit the cleats

I just bought Shimano PD-M545 pedals and Mavic Alpine All Mountain Shoes (links below) Shimano M545 Free Ride Pedals Mavic Alpine All Mountain Shoes I did do some research and "think" I got the ...
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How do I get rid of odor from cycling shoes?

So I have a pair of: Diadora X-Country 2 MTB Shoes (pic below) How would I go about cleaning them, primarily to remove odor? I am tempted to put this in the washing machine- but the cleet is totally ...
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Any source for Shimano shoelaces?

I have a pair of Shimano SPD-compatible shoes that have served me well and have a couple more years of good service in them. But the shoelaces are about to disintegrate. I've looked online and at ...
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Pedal float & release

Am I correct is saying that for all major pedal systems (SPD, SPD-SL, Look, Speedplay, CB Eggbeaters) that if a pedal has more float, then it will take more rotation to release your foot from the ...
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Avoid problems with ratchet straps to fasten MTB shoes

With shoes like those shown below, when you adjust the buckle to the most tight position, the release handle is blocked (IMHO, this is due to bad engineering but cannot be changed.) Usually, this ...
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Nice Work Shoes That Won't Get Messed up in Toe-Clips [closed]

I'm a commuter and I'm looking for shoes that won't get totally messed up by my pedal toe clips. I've been using something similar to these. Any other suggestions?
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How can I adapt my pedals to account for a difference in leg length?

I have a leg length difference of as much as 1cm due to a non-biking accident. Adding padding to my shoe doesn't help. A friend recommended that I get pedal stacks (and a longer bolt) to my SPD-style ...
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Which footwear is the safest for summer cycling?

This morning I could not find my training shoes. So, I used my sandals. I found that the sandals not only kept my feet cool but there was no pedal slippage as I had expected. The more I think about ...
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Are there any cleats (for SPD-SL) that convert the pedal to a regular flat platform for regular shoes?

I have a road bike that use Shimano 105 PD-5800 SPD-SL pedals and they are wonderful when exercising. However I would like to be able to use the bike with regular shoes for more casual use of the ...
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Experience with Fizik R3 Road shoes?

I'm considering replacing my road shoes, finally, and I was looking at the Fi'zi:k R3 Uomo Carbon Road. I'm in Dubai. No one in my region carries them in stock, so there is little possibility of ...
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Recommendation for lightweight pedals for use with SPD or without [closed]

Are there any nice looking and lightweight pedals meant to be used with or without SPD shoes? Would be nice to be able to ride even without my special shoes, but not if such pedals look bulky and ...
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Which waterproof overshoes would you recommend for use with clipless pedal shoes?

Last Winter I bought some waterproof overshoes on the internet to keep my feet dry on the daily commute. Unfortunately these overshoes fastened with a velcro strap which fastened underneath the shoe ...
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Performance difference between Shimano SPD and SPD SL

Is there a noticable performance different between the SPD and the SPD SL systems? I've got SPD SLs on my current bike, but some of the touring I do required quite a lot of walking, so I was thinking ...
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SPD cleats damaging mountain bike shoes

Hoping you guys could help me. I recently bought SPD cleats and as mentioned in this forum I've been using spinning bikes to practice unclipping. I've noticed that my right shoe is getting damaged ...
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FiveTen Freeriders vs Freeriders VXi [closed]

I can't decide between these two models. I need them mostly for technical trail riding, like getting on boulders on the way up (I'm fine with cleats going down, but on the way up on each mistake I ...
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Which waterproof shoes?

I am looking for waterproof shoes to use on my daily bike commute for home-office moves. I previously had rain boots, and was happy with them. Nevertheless they quickly started to "break" in the ...
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Why does my right Achilles hurt when I use my Sidi S Pros

My right Achilles has been hurting when I ride with my $300 Sidi S Pros, which I bought a few months ago. I don't want to waste my money by not wearing them when I ride. How can I fix my pain in my ...
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What are some good flat pedal shoes for XC racing? [closed]

Like the title says, I'm looking for some recommendations on good flat pedal shoes. This could include ones with an SPD or other interface that has removable clips. I'm currently riding with a set of ...
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spd pedal on spd sl shoe

Is it possible to fit a SPD pedal and cleat setup on my SPD SL shoe (SH-R131-S)? The answer to why, is to save the expenses for a new shoe. But even if it's possible. Is it a good idea to mix them?
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Shimano shoe size

I am riding clipless with the MT43 shoes I bought at my LBS. They are great,... when it is not cold outside... and now it is cold outside... and my toes are freezing. I was thinking of getting Shimano ...
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Painful Feet: Might be related to pedal-foot positioning

Sometimes when I set out on a ride I will get the absolute worst foot pain. It is like a cramp in my arches on both feet. I am wondering where exactly the center of the pedal should fall in relation ...
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thin-soled cycle touring shoes

I am looking for the type of "cycle touring shoe" we had before cleated, clipless became the norm. I have used clipless 'touring', i.e., non-racing, shoes without the cleat but the soles are thick to ...