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do you wear cycling shoes for commuting ?(17 posts)

do you wear cycling shoes for commuting ?PeterRider
Apr 17, 2002 10:19 AM
I got my first pair of cycling shoes yesterday... I had some Look 206 pedals I got with my bike and were sitting unused in my closet, so i thought i may as well try. Also, the way back is a long hill, and I heard the shoes help a lot when climbing.

For commuting, I have the impression that it is quite dangerous... there is a lot of traffic lights on my way. Stopping is not really difficult, when I see that the light is red I disengage in advance. Starting is when I think it is dangerous, you have to click into the pedal real fast ! And since this is when I cross a street, this is precisely when I don't want to be distracted, I need to be careful with the guys coming behind and turning right, and the guys coming in front and turning left.

And of course at some point I was stopped and forgot I had a foot still engaged, so I crashed :( No damage since I was at 0 mph, just a bit of blood on the leg.

What is your strategy ? Do you wear cycling shoes only on long rides where you don't have to stop ?

Thanks !

Of course!floatch
Apr 17, 2002 10:28 AM
However, I will admit it took me awhile to get used to clipless pedals. After some time, you'll get used to the pedals and feel comfortable in busy areas. I'm to the point now where I feel uncomfortable if I'm NOT clipped in! Practice track stands and clipping in and out, and you'll soon be more comfortable among the four-wheeled demons.
Only when commuting by bikehrv
Apr 17, 2002 10:32 AM
If I'm on the road bike, I'm using them. Like you, I fell 3 times when I was getting use to them and forgot to click out.

I don't really have traffic or more than 2 or 3 stoplights where I live, so that isn't a problem. Keep using them and it'll become 2nd nature to get in/out.

re: do you wear cycling shoes for commuting ?vitusdude
Apr 17, 2002 10:34 AM
First of all, crashing is pretty normal when you are new to clipless pedals. I did it and broke my pinkie finger. Fell over like Arte Johnson on Laugh In.

But yes, I wear road cycling shoes for commuting. Starting and stopping at intersections is something you need to get used to whether you bike commute or just ride for fun, fitness, or whatever.

They are what I wear when I ride my bike, so they are what I wear for bike commuting.
i swear bySteveO
Apr 17, 2002 10:37 AM
'campus' pedals.

spd cleat on one side, for the serious riding; platform on the other for casual rides around the neighborhood, or destination rides (so i'm not walking around the restaraunt in spaceman shoes).

In heavy traffic they come in handy, as you can clip in when you feel comfortable, but youre not committed to it.
You'll get used to thempmf1
Apr 17, 2002 10:38 AM
Everyone has done the painc fall getting used to clipless pedals. You get used to them. I can get out of clipless pedals easier than I could ever get out of toe clips. Stick with it, soon you'll wonder how you ever lived without them.

For commuting I use mtn bike shoes and pedals. The shoes are lots easier to walk around in (there are long marble floors in the building where I work).
Apr 17, 2002 10:38 AM
...but I use spd's on all my bikes so I don't have to worry about having the pedal right-side-up or anything. (yes I ride my road bike with spd's, mtn bike shoes, and hair-legwarmers)

I'd agree with the others and say you should practice clipping in and out in a safer environment, especially if they make you feel uneasy. It's just a matter of getting used to them; I tried to use clips/straps again recently and had a heck of a time :)

Also I keep a pair of shoes at the office so I don't have to carry them back and forth. Shoes add a lot of bulk to your backpack or panniers.
SPDs here toolaffeaux
Apr 17, 2002 10:58 AM
I run SPDs on my road bike too. I can get in and out of them as fast as I can step on a platform pedal, and by far faster than toe clips, which take forever to get into. I put my foot on the pedal and it clicks. They might weight a bit more (okay they are 737s, so they weight a lot more), but they are so easy to get into that it's worth it.

If you're falling it's because you need more time in them. Eventually you'll get to the point to where riding without them is tough. I have trouble keeping my feet on the pedals when I ride unclipped, as I pull up on the pedals and my foot lifts off.
re: do you wear cycling shoes for commuting ?Rode Warrior
Apr 17, 2002 10:47 AM
I did up until they broke, now I'm shopping for some new ones. As soon as I get them, I'm going to be clipless commuting again.

You will soon get used to clipping in without even looking at the pedal, and won't be at all distracted by clipping in, so crossing streets won't be a bother.
You'll get used to 'em--but I don't use them.cory
Apr 17, 2002 10:51 AM
I wear a set of cheap mountain bike shoes (Diadora Jalapenos, $40 on sale) without cleats. They have stiff, lugged soles, and I can walk in 'em like a normal human when I stop for coffee. One bike has toe clips and one has Power Grips, both work great.
I wear running shoes with toe clips and straps nmdzrider
Apr 17, 2002 11:32 AM
MTB shoes/pedalsMelMo
Apr 17, 2002 11:52 AM
I use Time ATACs now, and before that I used Speedplay Frogs. I feel safer commuting clipless because it's so eternally rainy here that my feet were always sliding off the pedals in regular running shoes. The ATACs are great for commuting because the pedal is big enough that you can pedal without being clipped in, a handy feature in traffic.

I fell over 3 times learning to use clipless, which was embarrassing but not too painful.

Get some covers for your cleats.tmguy
Apr 17, 2002 12:32 PM
Used to commute on old Mt. bike with clips and straps and old pair of Shimano mt. bike shoes. Easy to walk on, etc. Bike recently met an untimely death (close encouter with the garage while on the roof of the car; OUCH!) Now commuting on spare road bike with Look pedals. You get used to the stops and starts at the lights. I use KOOL KOVERS (R); rubber covers fit over cleats. They give you traction while at the same time protect the cleat from unnecessary wear.

Once you start commuting regularly, you will never go back to driving! I live in Seattle; a day on the bike in the rain is always better than sitting in traffic.

Yes, I wear cycling shoes fordjg
Apr 17, 2002 1:30 PM
long rides, short rides, and commuting. Apart from the better performance and comfort while actually riding, I find them easier to enter and release than, say, clips. If you're new to this you'll just need a little practice. Not a lot, but a little. Not to belabor the obvious, but do your practicing out of traffic.
Yes, but you will get more wear on your pedalsms
Apr 17, 2002 2:23 PM
I commute occasionally (once or twice per week in good weather). You will get used to clipping in and out. The only downside (after you stop falling) is that the frequent clipping in and out puts a lot more wear on pour pedals than if you are riding in rural areas and staying clipped in for significant amounts of time.
time ATAC/ mountain bike shoeAndante
Apr 17, 2002 4:51 PM
Apr 17, 2002 5:54 PM
Then again, I never wear the damned things (cleated shoes and clipless pedals that is).

A. (Likes strapless clips and firm soled shoes)