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Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by woodbutcher, 7 Dec 2017.

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  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    S W France
    I have a confession to make....l have never owned or worn a pair of road bike cycling shoes.
    I am thinking about getting a pair but l just wonder if there would be any great advantage when riding "ye old "steel machines, over my normal beaten up trainers ? Any views or advice would be much appreciated:bicycle:
     
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  2. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Probably not AFAICT. If you continue riding flats, maybe with clips, then probably not, as long as your current pedal platforms are large enough to support your feet, or if you switch to clipless, then probably not because the much-vaunted stiffness is basically to compensate for the smaller pedal surface.
     
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  3. Rooster1

    Rooster1 May the Porg Be With You

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    Berks
    Have a read of this article.

    If you buy some road shoes there are two types, SPD-SL or SPD

    Depending on which you go for you'll obviously need to get new pedals to match.
     
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  4. bigjim

    bigjim Veteran

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    Manchester. UK
    Riding flats whilst wearing trainers causes me to suffer from sore tendons. The soft flexible sole and heel of a trainer allows the heel to droop over the rear of the pedal, stretching the tendon. A stiffer soled shoe eliminated this problem. I'm sure not everybody has this problem. We are all different.
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    S W France
    Thanks for the link...interesting and SPD look more useful for me !
     
  6. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Yeah, all different: I used to wear stiff-soled shoes but ended up with tendonitis in my toes which has been relieved by switching to a softer-soled shoe... but to be fair, I suspect the shoe had gotten too old and wasn't cushioning my toes against the leading edge of the pedal enough any more. My feet are large enough that the toes would probably hang over the front even of MKS lambdas.
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    S W France
    I think l will wait awhile before deciding what to do but in the meantime l will get some overshoes and hope they will fit ok with being clipped into flats.
     
  8. AlanW

    AlanW Veteran

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    Not to sure?
    Really........Look Keo, Egg Beater, Speedplay, Time..........?
     
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  9. pjd57

    pjd57 Senior Member

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    Glasgow
    I don't use clips or straps but do wear fairly basic cycling shoes.
    Harder soles feel better and it saves wear and tear on my other footwear.

    Specialised shoes start at about £25 on Amazon
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    S W France
    That appeals to my sense of the weird and bizarre ...what a sentence "Look Keo, egg beater ! speedplay time, and don't be late home, masterchef is on the telly !
     
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  11. simongt

    simongt Senior Member

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    Norwich
    My choice for most of my steeds are the Shimano M515 SPD pedals with associated footwear. Very easy to use and the big plus is that with SPDs, you can walk for a reasonable distance off the bike and apart from the built in stiffness of the soleplate, you hardly notice. :thumbsup:
     
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  12. booze and cake

    booze and cake probably out cycling

    These are quite expensive, but on 'sale' and if you want some classic, vintage looking cycle shoes with SPD fitting, you can't do better than these I think. I've had a pair since 2010 and they are still going strong. I'd advise ditching the waxed laces for some normal laces but otherwise they are super comfortable and durable, and look great, and with a bit of polish buff up like lovely conkers.....and you'll feel like Fausto Coppi^_^
    https://dromarti.com/cycling-shoes/sportivo-classic
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    S W France
    Now you've done it ! l shan't rest until l have a pair in my hot little mitts. They are lovely and what about those bikes ....drool :hyper:
     
  14. BalkanExpress

    BalkanExpress Veteran

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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    S W France
    You are helping me........its called "retail therapy" l believe:whistle: