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Cyclo Cross shoes same as Road shoes ??(4 posts)

Cyclo Cross shoes same as Road shoes ??Bill from WPB
Sep 5, 2003 7:49 PM
I will first apologize for my ignorance. I bought my first road bike in Feb. and have been hooked since. I always ride alone, so I don't have anyone to ask this dumb questions to, so here it goes:

I bought my first pair of shoes in March. Back then I did not pay much attention when I was told they were Cyclo Cross shoes.
So my question is: What is the difference between a Cyclo Cross shoe and a Road shoe? Is the cleat positioning similar ?

I'd appreciate if anybody can shed a lil' light on this.

re: Cyclo Cross shoes same as Road shoes ??russw19
Sep 5, 2003 8:19 PM
Most guys I know who ride 'cross use a mountain shoe and pedal set up. Most cross courses are muddy, round my area they are sandy too, which gets sloppy fast. I wouldn't think that you could dismount and run very well in a road shoe. They are generally stiffer in the sole than mountain shoes and not designed to be walking around in them. I would tell you to take a look at the shoe selection on some of the bigger mail order houses to see what different types of each look like. Try Nashbar, Colorado Cyclist, Performance to name a few.

Don't worry . . .Look381i
Sep 6, 2003 2:45 AM
As long as you have removed the spikes, if any, that mount in the front of the shoe, you should be fine for the road. Cleat position should be the same, and it is adjustable just like any cycling shoe.

My cross shoes are just mountain biking Sidis with spikes mounted when I need them. I use different (Sidi) shoes, pedals and cleats for the road, but the position is the same.
Don't worry . . .Bill from WPB
Sep 9, 2003 9:03 AM
Thanks !
I appreciate the time you took to respond to my concern,...
not a concern anymore !