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sidi shoe/ look pedal questions(7 posts)

sidi shoe/ look pedal questionsbianchi boy
Sep 4, 2001 5:06 AM
I just bought some Sidi Genius shoes to go with my recently installed Look pedals. When I went to install the cleats, the directions said to put a Look adapter between the cleats and the shoe. Now, neither my shoes nor the pedals and cleats came with a Look adapter. I called Performance, where I bought the shoes, and they said the adapters are sold separately but they didn't have any at their store and I would have to order them from the catalogue. I looked in a catalogue and the stupid adapters are $15 plus another $6 shipping -- this, on top of the $170 I already spent on the shoes! Anyway, I examined the diagram and the adapter looked like it was just a thin piece of plastic, so I made some home-made adapters out of an empty plastic milk jug.

My question is: Can anyone tell me what a Look adapter (for Sidi shoes) looks like and what it's made of? Is there any reason why I shouldn't just keep using my "milk jug" adapters and save $20? The milk jug plastic might be a little too thin, but I am gonna fashion another pair out of an old detergent bottle, which is made with slightly thicker plastic.
re: sidi shoe/ look pedal questionsMike
Sep 4, 2001 5:24 AM
I've bought two pairs of Genius 3s, and the Look adapter came with the shoes each time. My guess is that Performance is giving you bum information, which wouldn't be all that surprising based on some of the stories that have been posted here. You probably should contact Performance and let them know that the adapter should have been with the shoe and that you'll return the shoes if you don't get one. The milk bottle adapter sounds like a temporary solution, at best. I'd get the real thing one way or another.
thanks for the infobianchi boy
Sep 4, 2001 6:02 AM
I sent Peformance an e-mail and probably will give them a call. It sounds like the adaptors were left out of the
box. If not, I might just return the shoes rather than pay another $20 for adaptors. I can buy the same shoes with adaptors from $105 from totalcycling. Even with the $22.50 shipping, I would still come out ahead.
more info...jaybird
Sep 4, 2001 6:42 AM
Return that crap to Performance... I just bought the same shoes 2 weeks ago and mine came with the adapters... I should add thought that I got mine on a prodeal direct from the distributor so I dont knoew if that makes a difference. The price from total cycling sounds pretty good.

here is performance's description. notice it says nothing about Look adapters

This legendary pro Italian shoe has the Microlock™ system ,dual Velcro® forefoot straps and the super light Millenium sole with replaceable heel tab. All-Lorica® upper won’t stretch no matter how much rain you ride through. Stiff, supportive molded plastic heel cup. Compatible with all major pedal systems (adaptors required for SPD®, SPD-R, Time). Sizes: 40-46 w/half sizes, 47, 48. Handmade in Italy.
that's BSJack S
Sep 4, 2001 7:16 AM
All Sidi road shoes are supposed to come with Look adapters according to the Sidi USA site. And you should got 'em at Nashbar, they are on sale for 159
still more infopaul j.
Sep 4, 2001 7:41 AM
Also the look adapters come with special longer screws to compensate for the thickness of the adapter. If you do a makeshift adapter of comparable thickness the screws will be too short. You could, I imagine possibly torque the short screws out of the treads and ruin them.
follow upbianchi boy
Sep 4, 2001 8:17 AM
I checked the Sidi website, and the shoes are supposed to come with the adaptors. I called Performance and they said they would mail me a set of adaptors, but it might take 7-10 days. Bummer. Unfortunately, the local store is about 40 miles from my house so I would rather not have to drive all the way over there.