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sidi question(6 posts)

sidi questionMoney D
Feb 4, 2004 9:10 PM
After years of using my trusty Lake mtb shoes ($40 in 1996), i want to step up and purchase a nice biking shoe. I'm a big guy and the best fit i've found is sidi in size 48 mega width. When i tell people that I only road bike, but still use spd cleats, they tell me i should get the dominator mtb shoe. My question is, is it worth it to get the (genius) road shoe and have worse ability to walk (and look funny imho) but have the ability to use different pedal/cleat systems later on? I started with mtb's and have no issues (hot spots, numb spots etc) with my spd pedals. Any past experiences/thoughts are welcomed.
re: sidi questionMoney D
Feb 4, 2004 9:12 PM
And also, anyone know of any deals on either shoe? Best i've found is $180 on the web. Makes me feel like i could squeeze a couple more years out of the Lakes!

Go cougs.
re: sidi questionIronbutt
Feb 5, 2004 3:17 AM
For a much better price, go to
I personally have never done business with them, but they have an excellent reputation for good, fast service.
The SPD adaptor is more walkablejw25
Feb 5, 2004 8:09 AM
It's got two raised ridges on either side of the cleat, and while those are plastic, they're easier to walk on than a Look cleat, say.
The major difference between a road and mountain Sidi is the midsole. On a mountain shoe, there has to be some toe flex for walking the bike, running, etc. On a road shoe, the sole can be made stiffer.
You also get the flexibility to try different pedal systems, if you get the urge. Look cleats won't fit onto the cleat pocket of a mountain shoe, even if the bolt pattern were compatible. I'm betting the new Time Impact cleats won't either.
So, I'd vote for the road shoe, from outside the US - totalcycling is probably the least expensive, best service site, but it's worth a check.
SPD are OK!Marcus75
Feb 5, 2004 11:57 AM
I just got a road bike and use my old shimano clipless pedals on them! They are more easy to get out of and into, plus both sides of the pedals you can hook into. I would check out for good shoe pedal deals.

I Think if I get seriously good at road biking and lose about 20 lbs than I'll consider getting a road shoe/pedals.
re: sidi questionsam-g
Feb 5, 2004 12:19 PM
I'm currently using the same setup on my road bike without any problems, Sidi mega mountain shoes (size 44) with SPD cleats/pedals. I use both M515 and M959 mountain pedals, both with the SH55 cleats. The ability to walk without falling on my kester is a high priority, especially on a tour where you may have quite a bit of walking between meals and the campground. My only complaint with the Sidis is that the hard plastic soles are more slippery on some surfaces than the hard rubber on my Shimano 150 mountain shoes. I also have not experienced the "Hot-spots" alledged by many others with SPD pedals.

Good luck,

Sam G