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    CB mallet users, what shoes?

    So, after over 4 years of riding platforms, I finally decided to try clipless. Hopefully I won't kill myself

    anyway, I was wondering what shoes people are using with mallets that work well. I just got a pair of shoes yesterday, and there seems to be quite a bit of tread interference, even with the shims. I'm hesitant to start messing with the tread, because I won't be able to return the shoes, once I do.

    the shoes I got are the specialized Tahoe. The rubber is nice and soft, which I wanted for grip on the platform when I'm not clipped in, but I think the nobbies are too tall.

    Any tips, shoe suggestions, etc?

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    maybe these would be better?

    much shorter nobbies. hmmmmmm
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    The Knobs shouldn;t get in the way, i have a pair of cannondale shoes with even begger knobs and its never been a problem

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    I got the Shimano SH-MP66's. They work great w/ the mallet no shims and do not rub the crank arm. Put the 2nd set of cages on they are a little taller and grip better. There is a bit of a learning curve with them I fell over 5 times on my first ride with clipless, luckily I was going slowly and the ground was soft. Just dont try to over do it the first couple of times out. I got mine here for $66.00 a month or so ago, : http://www.go-ride.com/prod_armor_shimano.html don't know if they are still selling them for that price though.
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    those look pretty sweet

    Quote Originally Posted by zoomie67
    I got the Shimano SH-MP66's. They work great w/ the mallet no shims and do not rub the crank arm. Put the 2nd set of cages on they are a little taller and grip better. There is a bit of a learning curve with them I fell over 5 times on my first ride with clipless, luckily I was going slowly and the ground was soft. Just dont try to over do it the first couple of times out. I got mine here for $66.00 a month or so ago, : http://www.go-ride.com/prod_armor_shimano.html don't know if they are still selling them for that price though.
    thanks for the link - now just have to find them in my size (38)

    I find that lots of places online never have anything smaller than a 40. kinda sucks!
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    A less knobbie tread will be easier to learn with.

    You could remove the steel grip plates from the pedals for a while.

    Or you could fill in the tread on each side for the cleat pocket with Shoe Goo.

    It will also be easier as the cleats wear in.
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    shoes

    Try Sixsixone: very comfortable, good grip and look good too!

    The Mallet pedals are a bit stiff to start with; you have to break them in over a few rides. You'll get used to them, don't worry!
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    ummm ...still riding flats
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    Oakley Radar Locks are nice as well as are the 661 pair on the right above.

    http://www1.oakley.com/o/o2118d


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    Specialized shoes

    I have CB Mallets that I use with Specialized Sport MTB shoes...mine look like they have more tread/knobs then your tahoes, and mine work fine with just one shim in them....odd? I'd bring them right into your bike shop and ask them to check it out and suggest a fix...
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    I ride the 661s with the mallets and love them

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    my shimano dx shoes work flawlessly with my mallets. i love the combo

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    I use these Shimano M180 with my Mallet M's... work real nice.. I use the shims by the way.. no need to modify sole
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    New question here. shimano mp66/DX

    2 questions for the guys with these shoes

    Are you using any shims with these?

    Do the cleats hit the gound when you walk?

    thanks,
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    I use the shims with most of my shoes. One pair I had to make an extra thick shim.

    The cleat does not hit the ground on hard flat surfaces.
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    tried with and without shims

    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I use the shims with most of my shoes. One pair I had to make an extra thick shim.

    The cleat does not hit the ground on hard flat surfaces.
    When I first posted this yesterday, I was using one (of 2 provided) shim. I couldn't clip in at all, but I can now. I filed the cleat a little bit which helped.

    With 2 shims, it's much easier to clip in and out, but depending on where I position the cleats, they hit the ground. Not that big of a deal I guess

    With one shim, the cleats don't hit the ground at all, but it's much harder to clip in and out.

    I'll probaly try out another type of shoe, and see which I prefer. It's just totally foreign to me, this hole clipless thing.

    thanks for the info, all.
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    2 questions for the guys with these shoes

    Quote Originally Posted by pfunk
    2 questions for the guys with these shoes

    Are you using any shims with these?

    Do the cleats hit the gound when you walk?

    thanks,
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    Using 1 shim cleats don't touch the ground but like I said, the clips are stiff to start with; you just have to work them a bit.

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