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SPD's on a Zurich. Is it a sin?(13 posts)

SPD's on a Zurich. Is it a sin?nicholasdunford
May 8, 2003 10:17 PM
Since my road shoes kill my feet, and no one has any ideas how to help, how about wearing big cumfy shimano M037's (picture attached) with my SPD's. Its either this, toe clips with running shoes, or take my new bike back? What is the vote everyone?
i have a hard time believing...collinsc
May 9, 2003 1:00 AM
that all road shoes kill your feet. what is the real problem here?

There is nothing wrong with using spds and those big shimanos if that is really what it takes. I just cant believe that no road shoes work for you but running shoes or M037s do.

What is so unique about your feet that makes this so hard?
only if you start using a camel back too!nmthe bull
May 9, 2003 3:34 AM
Comfort first. Don't take a bike back because shoes don'tSpunout
May 9, 2003 3:52 AM
fit you, that is silly.

Try new insoles (or none) in cycling shoes, board opinion here is high on 'Superfeet' blue insoles. Get some custom orthotics if you have bad feet.
Not IMO.Tower
May 9, 2003 3:53 AM
I also use SPD's and mountain bike shoes on my Zurich. Of course that's because my other (first) ride is an MTB. When I bought the LeMond I was a little cash poor so I didn't make the switch to road shoes/pedals. I'm sure I will some day.

Use what you like (what fits!) and don't worry about what people think!
No sin - whatever that works for you. IMHOc722061
May 9, 2003 5:54 AM
Not at allkjr39
May 9, 2003 6:19 AM
And don't worry about a Camelbak either. I use both my MTB shoes and my camelbak while on my roadie...
Comfort first, but is it really road shoes per se?djg
May 9, 2003 6:20 AM
For me, on any long or hard ride a good stiff sole and support all around the foot are pretty key to comfort. You can get that from road shoes or from certain mountain shoes, but not really from the flexy sneaker-type mountain shoes. Running shoes with toe clips SUCK. That's fine for riding around the block, but to get a firm linkage you'll need to cinch the clips down very tight onto the tops of your running shoes and you will not like it. Done right, both the tops and soles of your feet should hurt.

Are you sure you have road shoes that fit? Why not try some others on for size? And what about insoles? A nice pair of superfeet blue insoles can work wonders.
First, what road shoes are you talking about?Charlie Amerique
May 9, 2003 6:45 AM
Please, first tell us what part of the shoes are hurting your feet. Are they too hard? Not flexable (road shoes are suppose to be very stiff)? Toebox too tight?

I had a pair of Carnacs that were torture to wear! I hated them! But I went to a pair of Sidi Dominator Megas and I fell in love (Italians have always made great shoes).

At present I wear the Sidis for both road and dirt and use ATAcs pedals on all my bikes (and got my fianceé to try them too... she's sold).

I agree with other here that you should try the Superfeet blue insoles.. they're great.
No to running shoesTNSquared
May 9, 2003 7:41 AM
Years ago I tried running shoes with toe clips for triathlons. Thought it would save time in the bike-run transition. In actuality, I think I lost more time on the bike because the running shoes where way too flexible and I lost alot of pedaling efficienty. I also experienced a tremendous amount of pain on the tops of my feet where the toe clips pressed throught the very thin material of the running shoe uppers.

In a marathon, good running shoes are comfortable (and a necessity.) On a bike, they suck.
I hvae spd's on my trek 5200sctri
May 9, 2003 8:50 AM
They work, they are double sided, they are easy in/out while riding in the city (importaint!!) and I had a great pair of shoes that happen to fit my needs especially well (two strap sidi's that are fast for triathlon transition, but cheaper than tri specific gear)

I say go with whatever works for you, and fashon be damned.

May 9, 2003 8:50 AM
you should wear what's comfortable. those look comfy but look like they could get 'bulky' on long or intense road rides.

i'm eyeing something like for commuting and around town errands though, cuz they do look comfy. but it's also a different bike and different pedals.
ride what works for you (nm)laffeaux
May 9, 2003 9:59 AM