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Speedplay question(11 posts)

Speedplay questionvindicator
Oct 18, 2002 11:43 AM
I use Speedplay X-2s and DMT road shoes with my road bike. I love 'em, no problems. But obviously the combination of the Speedplay X cleat and the road shoe makes walking a bad idea.


My wife and I just decided to buy a tandem on a closeout deal. I'd like to go clipless and stick with Speedplays for the float, among other things. But we'd like to wear shoes we can walk in so we can ride for pure exercise when we want to but also do touring, ride to an appropriately distant park and then walk around, etc.

Are there any Speedplay pedal/cleat and shoe combos out there that will work? Frogs and MTB shoes? Can we get away with a "touring" shoe?

I've never had a "recessed cleat" shoe, so this is new to me. I apologize if it's a stupid or obvious question.


re: Speedplay questionScot_Gore
Oct 18, 2002 12:34 PM
I have Speedplays X Pedals, but wanted a shoe that I could walk in as well. I got the Lake shoe with the hard rubber toe & heel pads. With a coffee cap over the X cleat, it makes for a reasonable walking platform.

(my apoligies to those of you tired of seeing this picture)
where can you buy these on-line? nmMXL02
Oct 18, 2002 12:53 PM
where can you buy these on-line? nmScot_Gore
Oct 18, 2002 2:09 PM
As Dave says below - Nashbar

My shoe, the CX-125, is discontinued. I've seen it in the catalogs for around 40 bucks in sizes 46-47-48. If you've got big feet, go for it. Lake has a couple of other shoes with the same sole. CX-115 is the closest to the 125 I think.

Forgot to be a good citizen...Performance has them, use links above (nm)Scot_Gore
Oct 18, 2002 2:12 PM
Follow up questionvindicator
Oct 18, 2002 12:56 PM
Thanks, Scott. I saw those shoes in the new Nashbar sale catalog, and was curious. Now, when you say "reasonable walking platform," do you mean it'll do for a few minutes to go into the coffee shop for a snack, or do you mean it's perfectly comfortable to walk around for a few hours on paved sidewalks without changing shoes?

Thanks again,

I'm a ride somewhere, then walk around kind of biker.Scot_Gore
Oct 18, 2002 2:03 PM
I walk quite a bit in them.
1) I once had a flat out I couldn't fix and walked 3 miles home. No problem.
2) Went ot a Triathelon as a spectator and walked around for 3 hours watching the different transitions. No problem.
3) Went riding on Superior's North shore and walked up the trails to see the cascades. Little bit of a problem, but was careful.

One thing to bear in mind. Over time (months) the coffee cap gets loose and comes off easily. I had to get a new set.

re: Speedplay Frogs are GREATzmarke
Oct 18, 2002 2:37 PM
I too had the X2s until I got married. I then switched from a double chainring to a triple chainring and more "scenic" rides with my wife. Needless to say my X2s got sold on eBay and I purchased the Frogs. They are great. As for shoes...

Nashbar has a godd "touring" shoe on sale:
Item: DI-VO

They also have a woman's version but it is not on sale.
Item: DI-CYC
And the Frog cleats?vindicator
Oct 18, 2002 2:54 PM
They stay fully recessed on these shoes so walking isn't a problem?


And the Frog cleats?zmarke
Oct 23, 2002 1:35 PM
Nothing is fully recessed because shoes are not as stiff as plywood. You will be able to walk with a regular stride and not have to deal with the tip-toe dance that is related to road cleats.
Spare shoes?Kerry
Oct 19, 2002 6:50 AM
Back when we used to ride tandems with our kids, we just put a trunk pack on the rear rack and threw in a pair of walking sandals. A rear rack/pack on a tandem is pretty standard and very convenient for carrying the stuff that two people might need. When you get to a place where you want to walk, just stuff your shoes in the pack. Works great and then you're not compromising either the walking or riding shoe.