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Offline Tourista829

Re: clipless shoes
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2011, 08:02:22 am »
I agree with Staephj1. I also believe ride without them under loaded and unloaded conditions until you feel comfortable with your bicycles handling. You are lucky you are starting out, we have a number of bicycles with SPD cleats and pedals. I would switch to egg beaters but it can get expensive. When you begin, as mentioned above, start out with a two sided pedal. You need to get use to being able to get the cleat, into your pedal, fairly quickly, from when you start again from a stop. Get through an intersection first them fiddle with getting the shoe back into the cleat. Make sure that you learn how to adjust the tension, periodically. You will want to be able to release them quickly but not too loose that you pop out of them. When you are approaching an intersection, where you might have to stop quickly, release one shoe so if you have to stop quickly, you minimize the risk of a fall. Falling down and a car hitting you is not a good thing. If the road is uneven make sure your release the correct shoe.

I currently use a Shimano A520 that my girlfriend did not like. It is one sided but has a large surface so if I am wearing sandals, at the end of the day, it works fine. I like a mountain bike type shoe for a few reasons: They are raised up, on the sides and back, which make it easier to walk. They have a stiff enough sole, so after 40 miles your feet won't ache as much. I currently use Specialized shoes, with two straps and the top third one with a ratchet mechanism to really snug it up. I too am in the market for new shoes, so I am doing a little research. I will let you know what I find. Although I like to support my local bicycle shop, (which might be a good place to go if you are new to this) I have been known to save money at places like Nashbar and other online sellers.

Offline paddleboy17

Re: clipless shoes
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2011, 01:26:46 pm »
My friends and I have all independently settled on Siddi.  Yes they are expensive, and yes they are stiff.  When entry level won't cut it anymore, go Siddi.  And you can buy them Wide for a wide foot.