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Touring Shoes(10 posts)

Touring Shoesdzrider
Oct 12, 2001 5:17 AM
Wife and I use clips and straps on our commuter bikes. We were reminiscing about touring shoes. Rachel had Avocets and they no longer make them. I had Dueggis that looked like swiss cheese bowling shoes. Does anybody still make them?
re: Touring ShoesJack S
Oct 12, 2001 5:44 AM
Lotsa people make 'em... check out Rivendell- thye also have a link to a UK shops that sells other brands
Low end ATB shoes also workjtolleson
Oct 12, 2001 9:18 AM
Performance, Nike, and Specialized all make some affordable ATB shoes that provide most of the perks of touring shoes; a stiffer sole than a sneaker but a decent rubber tread (not overly aggressive like most mountain shoes) and either close with laces or velcro and though they have a removable segment in the sole to expose slots for SPD cleats, that piece can be left in place forever.

Voila! And for as little as $40.
Sounds like a good ideadzrider
Oct 12, 2001 10:07 AM
Are the soles smooth enough to get in and out of the clips easily? Thanks for the help. DZ
Some arejtolleson
Oct 12, 2001 12:01 PM
It varies, but some are really not much more lugged than a running shoe (especially a couple of low end Nike models I'm picturing in my head). You'll probably have to see to decide. Do you have an LBS with a good shoe selection (like a Performance bike shop?) Catalogues don't tend to give good sole pics.

In addition, maybe even the Diadora Jalapeno would work... I'm trying to picture the sole in my mind but I'm not positive.

Good luck!
SPD-compatible Sneakers?mr tornado head
Oct 12, 2001 10:19 AM
I have some Nashbar sneaker-types that can be used with SPD's... but like someone said, the rubber piece can be left in forever.

I've used them for several years and they work well. Stiffer than regular sneaker insoles but still comfortable enough or ectended periods of walking. And if ya get them on sale, quite cheap! (I spent about $20 for my pair).
Second the low-end ATBs; try Diadoracory
Oct 13, 2001 4:01 PM
I still have Power Grips on my commuter and toe clips on my "travel bike," the one I throw in the back of the truck for vacations and whatnot. I also wear size 15 shoes, which makes this MUCH harder. This summer I bought two pairs of Diadora Jalapenos from Nashbar for I think $34.95 apiece. The Cayman is a similar shoe, also on sale. I like the Jalapenos a lot.
Walkability vs. Stiffness & Breathability vs. Heat RetensionKristin
Oct 12, 2001 12:32 PM
I've been using a pair of Look MS shoes for 1 year. I initially purchased them for use with toe clips and I found that the tread was too agressive, I was for ever sticking to my platform pedals. If your pedals are not smooth, make sure you get shoes with very little tread.

Also, these shoes aren't much stiffer than regular sneakers. I bought them for the stiffness factor and didn't gain much. They are quite breathable though. Nice in the summer...cold in the winter.
Walkability vs. Stiffness & Breathability vs. Heat RetensionDavid Feldman
Oct 13, 2001 8:49 AM
The American market offers nothing for you, the marketing schlongs that run bike companies here want to blackmail all cyclists onto clipless pedals. Buy the UK magazine Cycling Plus, look through the mail order ads until you see a store selling the Carnac leather touring shoes or other brand, several are available in Britain. Most British mail order outfits will sell to the States, it's not difficult, I buy framebuilding supplies that way. There's no current US source for real touring shoes.
re: Touring ShoesSamcat
Oct 12, 2001 2:50 PM
Do follow up on the Rivendell website.

Both my spouse and I ride w/clips and straps. We have Sidi touring shoes that we purchased from Grant last year and love them. They're classic black with laces...Lorica; not leather...very comfortable and stiff enuf so that you can be competitive with folks riding clipless...and walk away from them when you're off the bike.

I ride MKS track pedals...Campy knockoffs... w/Binda laminated double straps...don't need a cleat as the Sidis have a ribbed section below the ball of your foot that catches the pedal perfectly.

I routinely spin @115-120 rpm w/no problem...and can back out of the straps without loosening them.

You'll love the shoes.

You can also find the Dueggis...a fellow in Atlanta stocks them...but it's tough to walk on the cleats...and the Sidi's cost less and are a whole lot more comfortable...

Sam