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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« Last post by bogiesan on October 12, 2014, 10:16:27 am »
You are unusual, yes. It's not just the fit that one needs to be happy with. Some folks go home and discover the color doesn't quite go with their bike or they don't have a jersey that goes with their new shoes. That's a disaster for lots of folks.
The reason I have mismatched shoes is an indiscernible calcium ridge. It gets bloody hot after about forty miles in one shoe but not ever in another. You can't tell that by walking around the store. You can't judge  if your heel slop can be trapped by the closure without reducing circulation or with heavy winter sox. You can't tell if you like Velcro or laces or both until you've tried to put your shoes on in differnt types of weather or need a wide range of adjustments. Is the cleat cavity deep enough?
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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 12, 2014, 10:05:15 am »
Whatever you buy, you will want several hundred miles on them, in varying conditions, before you start your adventure.

I have not found that to be an issue for me.  I guess it depends on the person, the shoe, and the fit.  I have found that bike shoes are like running shoes in that, if I have the shoe that fits me properly, they are comfortable from the start.  If they weren't I'd keep shopping for something else that was.
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General Discussion / Re: Knees.... not the bees knees...
« Last post by bogiesan on October 12, 2014, 10:05:13 am »
Asking for medical advice here is, Umm, not a good idea. Your symptoms, as I read them, could be a meniscus tear or iliotibial band inflammation or just the result of inadequate knee care for several years.
Or you just might need a few days of ice and rest.

 Severe damage from which you might not recover is easy to do on the road. Hate to say it but you really need to see a sports medicine doctor who understands bikes. Even if it's just to rule out all worst cases and to get some good meds.
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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« Last post by bogiesan on October 12, 2014, 09:52:53 am »
SPD is usually recommended because you can get them everywhere.
I use a mtn style shoe because touring involves walking. (I don't do self-supported rides but I do not enjoy watching the roadies stumble around in their hard shoes. Looks dangerous and uncomfortable.)
I get my bike shoes at REI garage sales because they're broken in and stupid cheap.
I wear a Giro left and a Shimano right. Due to some weird physical differences between my feet, out of four pairs of shoes, those are the two happen to fit perfectly.

The particular shoe(s) you end up with is a very personal choice. Closure sytem, fit, open or closed, color, brand, flexibility of sole, adjustability of closure (can you wear extra heavy sox), cleat placement, type of insole material, and price are all factors we can't decide for you. I have, however, determined higher price does not directly relate to longer life or better fit.

Whatever you buy, you will want several hundred miles on them, in varying conditions, before you start your adventure.
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Gear Talk / Re: Looking for a good touring shoe.
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 12, 2014, 07:03:32 am »
I really like the lower end Sidi MTB shoes.  The ones I have now are the Giau model.  I use them with 2 bolt SPD cleat pedals  They last a long time, dry very quickly, and are comfortable on the bike.  Depending on how much hiking I plan to do I may or may not take a second pair of shoes for off bike use.  If I plan to do a lot of long hikes I might take my trail runners.  I have gone as far as to buy a pair of trail runners when I stopped to spend a week hiking and sightseeing in the Yosemite Valley.  I considered mailing them home when we left the Valley, but our trip was only going to Reno so I carried them for the remaining 5 days of the tour.

I have carried Crocs on some trips to wear around camp and they worked out well, but lately have not bothered with them.
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Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« Last post by adventurepdx on October 11, 2014, 11:23:35 pm »
Why do you want to go to Portland? Portland is not on the coast. If you intend to do the coast of Oregon, you really want to get to Astoria.

Because Portland is the most accessible place to get to from other places, especially from overseas. There is a small airport in Astoria, but I can imagine the logistics/cost of getting twelve people and their bikes there from the UK would be prohibitive. (And they would probably have to take a connecting flight from Portland or Seattle anyway.)

There is a bus that runs from Portland to Astoria, the NW Point. It runs from Portland Union Station and Greyhound Station out to the coast. I'd guess getting twelve bikes on one bus trip would still be an issue.
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Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« Last post by John Nelson on October 11, 2014, 11:13:48 pm »
Why do you want to go to Portland? Portland is not on the coast. If you intend to do the coast of Oregon, you really want to get to Astoria. If time allows, you would ride there from Vancouver on the ACA Pacific Coast route. Should take about six days.

I agree with not patronizing United Airlines. We should not reward airlines who charge obscene prices to transport bicycles. Frontier and Southwest only charge $75.
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Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« Last post by adventurepdx on October 11, 2014, 10:28:11 pm »
Cool. And it's spelled Vancouver.  ;)
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Classifieds / FS: Cannondale Touring, Jumbo Sized Frame
« Last post by Jbjcampbell13 on October 11, 2014, 08:08:42 pm »
Cannondale Touring bike for sale. Dura-Ace brifters, XT rear derailleur, recently overhauled with new Velocity wheels, Continental Gatorskin tires, new bar tape, new SKS fenders. Excellent shape.  Just decided its a bit too big for me. Can email pictures upon request. $700
Jbjcampbell13 at msn.com
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Pacific Northwest / Re: Getting bikes from Vancover to Portland
« Last post by neil on October 11, 2014, 04:39:08 pm »
Looks like we'll have to fly to Portland as Virgin Atlantic are stopping flights to Vancover this summer.
  Thanks for everyones help
       Neil
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