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    Flat shoes for long rides and HAB?

    Hi all,

    I've been riding clipless for over 4 years and have almost completely stopped riding bikes with flat pedals. I went to Yosemite last week and was on a bike (using flats) for much of the trip and felt like it was my first time on a bike - not someone who has been riding hard for 4 years. Almost felt a little silly because my friends on the trip knew how much I ride and saw how unimpressive I was, lol.

    Anyways, I want to regain proper technique using flats. I'm thinking about getting some Five Ten's but most of their shoes seem really heavy and inadequate for hike-a-bike. During the Summer, this is probably fine but I do some pretty long/back country rides during the Fall/Winter which require good HAB shoes that I can wear comfortably for 6 hrs+

    Any recommendations? Or should I just switch shoes/pedals dependent on the ride?

    Thanks in advance.

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    spank spikes and Teva links work great for me! Five Ten are not as comfortable to me, Teva's are very comfy! watch the spikes they bite!

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    Flat shoes for long rides and HAB?

    Quote Originally Posted by tweasol View Post
    Hi all,

    I've been riding clipless for over 4 years and have almost completely stopped riding bikes with flat pedals. I went to Yosemite last week and was on a bike (using flats) for much of the trip and felt like it was my first time on a bike - not someone who has been riding hard for 4 years. Almost felt a little silly because my friends on the trip knew how much I ride and saw how unimpressive I was, lol.

    Anyways, I want to regain proper technique using flats. I'm thinking about getting some Five Ten's but most of their shoes seem really heavy and inadequate for hike-a-bike. During the Summer, this is probably fine but I do some pretty long/back country rides during the Fall/Winter which require good HAB shoes that I can wear comfortably for 6 hrs+

    Any recommendations? Or should I just switch shoes/pedals dependent on the ride?

    Thanks in advance.
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    I ride with a pair of Teva Cranks and love them. They feel like a pair of casual shoes but the sole is made for flat pedals. Comfortable enough to HAB IMO, which I've done several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    I ride with a pair of Teva Cranks and love them. They feel like a pair of casual shoes but the sole is made for flat pedals. Comfortable enough to HAB IMO, which I've done several times.

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    Same here. Very comfortable shoes and they stick to the pedals quite well.
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    Flat shoes for long rides and HAB?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    I ride with a pair of Teva Cranks and love them. They feel like a pair of casual shoes but the sole is made for flat pedals. Comfortable enough to HAB IMO, which I've done several times.

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    Comfort is not the important feature for hike-a-bike sections. You need some grip, and unless you are just on clean hard rock those do not have much.
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    I was looking at Teva and really like their stuff from what I've seen/read. Teva Links seem like a winner!

    Pinners seemed better until I read they were less stiff - can anyone comment?

    EDIT: Missed the post about the work boots. I don't think I could handle that much weight. Like I said, these need to be shoes for 6+/- hr rides.

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