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Touring Shoes?(3 posts)

Touring Shoes?Tom
Mar 23, 2001 7:24 AM
Although I finished building up my daughters bike, I can't seem to find a source for touring shoes. Since road riding would be new to her, I used an old set of Super Leggeri pedals w/clips and straps.I'm not going to traumatize her w/clipless pedals. Regular athletic or running shoes don't cut it as the soles are too thick. I was hoping something like the old Bata Bikers,remember those, would still be available. Some one in the world must still do bicycle touring.Oh yes, Grant's $100 plus Sidi Touring shoes at Rivendell are not an option. Thanks for any help
Bata Bikers, Jeez! I still have a pair...Cory
Mar 23, 2001 7:55 AM
...Used to be the only shoes that would fit my size 14 feet. I bought three pairs about 1980, before everybody got into the bike shoe business. The last ones, ragged and faded to gray, ride on the trainer in winter.
Can't get 'em anymore, though (that's OK--by modern standards they're really awful). What I did with my kids was buy some cheap (Nashbar, I think) mountain bike shoes. They come with a marked place in the sole that you cut out to mount cleats, and if you don't cut it out, they're just like touring shoes. Leave the toe clips loose so she doesn't get the lugs on the sole caught on the cages.
re: Touring Shoes?David Feldman
Mar 23, 2001 5:58 PM
Specialized and Diadora have had shoes in the last couple of years that would do what you want them to. The Specialized Rockhopper shoe had a nice, flat area across the sole without a big recess for the SPD tear-out. For someone past growing-out-of-shoes age, the Sidis are worth every dime; they wear like iron and they're the only non-slave labor made touring shoes on the market; everything else is from &*^%ing China.