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Shimano SPD sandals?(6 posts)

Shimano SPD sandals?Alex-in-Evanston
Apr 30, 2002 6:37 AM
Anyone tried these things? Just looking at them, the straps look ready to rip out of the sole. I'd be curious to hear if they've held up.


I would never darecyclopathic
Apr 30, 2002 6:49 AM
any time I look at them I think of dismounting at speed and how my toes get grinded on pavement. 8-{

My LBS sold quite a few and they had no complains, but the crowd who buys it doesn't particularly strike me as they ride many miles.

Riding 4-8hrs in those will probably get you blisters IMHO. Besides summer shoes cost as much or less never gave me trouble on 95-100F day.
Not quite what I had in mindAlex-in-Evanston
Apr 30, 2002 7:00 AM
I was thinking more along the lines of riding to the beach, running errands, etc.

Obvioulsly they're not for high performance apps...robbz27
Apr 30, 2002 7:00 AM
But I love mine for tooling around in the summer, or if I'm on the rollers.

I've had mine about a year and a half, never had any problems aside from spilling some lube on the footbed and my toes slipping around when I walk!

Also, they flex more than regular bike shoes so it's easy to spend a whole day in them. I'd recommend them.
re: Shimano SPD sandals?tarwheel
Apr 30, 2002 7:49 AM
I talked to a woman last summer on a weeklong organized tour (GOBA) who was riding with biking sandals. She said they were comfortable, and the ride averaged 60 miles a day for a week. Myself, I wouldn't consider them for anything more than puttering around. My feet sunburn very easily, and that hurts, plus it would be easy to stub a toe or other injuries.
SPD sandals?Turtleherder
Apr 30, 2002 12:25 PM
A couple of guys I know wear them every year during RAGBRAI. They swear by them and say it makes it easier to eat and drink themselves silly along the way. Of course they also wear Mardi Gras beads and Hawaiian shirts for the ride.