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Shoes, please help(6 posts)

Shoes, please helpcrazyitalian
Sep 23, 2002 7:26 AM
Hi, i am relativley new to the world of road biking. I got into it because i am training for a Triathlon race and like it a lot. I have a question in terms of shoes.
The ones i am looking at are: Nike Stelvio (2001), Diadora Triumph and Axo pursuit. Does anyone know anything about these shoes. Also, i am a 45 size (11) but buy 11.5 for running shoes (you need a little space for your toes when you run)should i get 11 or 11.5 for a roadbike shoe?
Thanks a lot for your advise.
Gotta try 'em on (and remember, Nikes run small)Silverback
Sep 23, 2002 7:36 AM
Conventional wisdom says cycling shoes should fit snugly, but I've found that hurts my toes. You don't want to be flopping around in there, but your feet will swell as you ride, so I'd at least try them on in the afternoons, not first thing in the morning. Remember that non-leather shoes generally don't stretch very much, if at all, so they won't break in significantly--if they don't fit on the first day, they're not going to get much better. And since you mentioned Nikes, I've always taken a full size bigger in those than in most other shoes. Diadoras, at least the ones I have, seem to run true to size. This really isn't a good thing to buy mail order or online, at least until you know what size you wear.
Sep 23, 2002 7:43 AM
Are you looking for shoes to use in a TriAthlelon or will this be a training shoe used exclusivly for road biking.

The reason I ask is there are shoes designed to help you make a fast transition out of the water. The opposing straps of the Triumph for example would overly complicate your transition IMHO.

Let us know.

Sep 23, 2002 7:53 AM
Scot, thanks for your replay. I am looking at a shoe that can work for both. I am not at that level yet....this is going to be my first Triathlon race ever. I am looking for a shoe that is confortable enough for training and that i can use for a race too. I have noticed that most of the "transition" friendly shoes can be somehow unconfortable for training. I am not concerned with loosing few seconds in my transition, i am mostly concerned with how confortable the shoe is.
Thanks again.

Sep 23, 2002 8:19 AM
all below - JUST MY OPINION - use your own judgement.

I agree with Silverback, there's no substitute for trying them on to judge comfort. What's comfortable for me won't be for you and vice versa.

That said:

I'd eliminate the Triumph. The last thing I'd want to do in the heat of a race his slap a velcro strap to the inside of my moving bike. Sounds like too much of an opportunity for fingers to find spinning spokes and take you out of the race.

Of the other two I'd pick the Nike over the AXO. Mostly because of the two strap versus three strap design of the Nike. One less strap to manage in transition and the lower strap is low and you may be able to have closed already and still get in the shoe.

Sep 23, 2002 10:03 AM
Scot, thank you very much. This will help me a lot.