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    Clipless shoes on a budget

    Does anyone have ideas for very cheap spd type clipless shoes? I want to try switching to clipless but I don't have very much to spend.

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    These Serfas shoes are as about as cheap as any I have seen. A friend of mine has used them about a year and they seem to be holding up well.

    Serfas Saddleback MTB Shoes > Apparel > Shoes and Footwear > Mountain Bike Shoes | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

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    WOW! $30 for shoes, that is going to be really hard to beat. Combine that with some M520 pedals and you will be clipped in for under $90.
    Now - '13 Specialized TriCross / '13 BigShot Dublin SS Fakie
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    Jenson has the Shimano M520 and 530 for $34.99. With no tax and free shipping you can go clipless for under $65.

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    Can't go wrong with a Shimano shoe.
    I like turtles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisonabike View Post
    Jenson has the Shimano M520 and 530 for $34.99. With no tax and free shipping you can go clipless for under $65.
    +1 on this

    That's what I use and recommend. Great price as well

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    I have found lightly used Specialized MTB shoes for as little as $19 shipped. The last pair I bought from there was $32 for a $150 pair of Specialized MTB Comps that looked all but new. I know their sizing well enough that I know my size and can bid with confidence. Also, a LBS near me is having a 60% off sale on a bunch of their stock of cycling shoes because they will be remodeling soon and want to reduce stock. Might be a shop near you doing something similar.

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    I ride M520's, and have on my last several bikes. Very happy with the pedal overall. For the money, it is a hard deal to beat.
    Now - '13 Specialized TriCross / '13 BigShot Dublin SS Fakie
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