I broke down today and bought my first pair of clipless. I got Shimano wm61. I like the way they feel on and I can walk in them without any trouble. Of course stopping in them is a different story. I also have a hard time getting my right foot out. I have been sticking to the trails to try to learn how to get in and out instead of hitting any roads right now. I am a little nervous about falling with any traffic around.
current weight: 168.0
Fitness Minutes: (34,170) Posts: 71 4/7/12 1:43 P
I went with a Bontrager Mt. Bike shoe, even though I only do road cycling. I was worried that if I had road cycling shoes that if I had to walk, I would slip, fall and bust my a**. Since I am not competitive I was to worried about the weight of the shoe. The only issues I had was make sure the clips were aligned properly because my knees are bit sensitive if slightly pointed in or out. I love clipping in, it increased my time and helped make me more efficient.
Not sure you will be able to find cleats for quill pedals. Last time I saw those in a bike shop was about 10 years ago. If you are still riding with clips and straps you might consider upgrading to clipless pedals to go with your new shoes. Just a thought.
Fitness Minutes: (1,949) Posts: 15 4/4/12 8:14 A
Appears I am a little late, but I have had Bontrager and currently have the Mavic Xzelliums in yellow...the Mavics are by far the best shoes I have had. They are a little costly, but at 269 grams a piece they are well worth it.
;-). Just accept you're going to do a slow side fall until your brain gets used to unclipping BEFORE you come to a stop. Everyone does it. Even the ones who are determined "not them". Everyone has their story about the time (or two or three) they fell over at a stop sign. My husband still uses straps. The first time I fell over (at a stop sign) I looked up at him for help getting up. He's standing there astride his bike looking down at me said "you got yourself down there get yourself up. The people in cars laugh!
I began riding with SIDI and it has worked out great for me. I've tried different brands throughout the years, but SIDI fits my feet just right. Try different brands and when one feels real comfortable, stick with it. Shoes are similar to saddles, very individual. Good luck!!
Not sure if you have ever had any foot problems, but the best pair I got for off road, which I use on the road as well, are made by Sette. They are heavier than most shoes but if you are going to use clips they would work good.
Pricepoint has a fair amount of shoes cheap. They have some that look like hiking shoes that you could use. These are the ones I have (not the pedals):
Even better, if you have REI nearby, check them out. Keen makes a pair that have an SPD spot on the bottom if you decide to go clipless. They are a little pricey but REI will take them back no questions.
I don't like the road shoes for riding on the road. Alot of them are very light so you can cut down on weight. Heck, I got plenty of weight to lose, so forget about lightweight shoes lol. The lighter shoes bother my feet so I just go with more rugged ones. I spend alot of money on my feet (physical therapy and orthotic) so I'm not going to chance it because of lightweight shoes!
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