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    Shoes?

    Ok, so I got nudged into going clipless, I was basically give a set of pedals, now I just need shoes. I have been looking at several and I was thinking about some that are also made for hiking, like these http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Mtb+Shoe.aspx. As with most things, can I assume they give up some performance in the biking part, to be more comfortable, easier to walk in.

    Should I just get the standard shoes like these http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...b+Shoe+07.aspx

    Thanks

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    You'll be giving up more walking performance than biking performance. But that's OK if you'll just be using them for biking.

    I started riding clipless with these. http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...00_20000_67501

    Not great for walking, but better than most.

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    Thanks. If I were planning a hike I would not wear them, but when I am out biking there are times I want to hike or climb off the trail a little to see something.

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    I would suggest going somewhere local so you can try some on. Different brands fit different feet

    Summer time I were Sidi (the cheaper ones, no more than $100 I think, they've lasted a good 3 years already), winter just got some Lakes (first ride yesterday, nice & warm).

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    I have the MT41's and they have been fine. not the stiffest or most effecient pedaling shoe, but wear more closer to regular shoes. Comfortable and you can walk fine with them on the trail. That is why I got them.

    I find myself improving my riding though and wanting a stiffer tighter fitting shoe.

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    I've used the MT41s for years. I ride about 50% road/trails and they are durable, stiff enough, and with the large velcro strap are nice and secure on the foot. I've been tinkering with the idea of a more dedicated biking shoe like iamtyler said but to this point have been really happy with the MT41s.

    One thing I did learn is for the casual bike shoes you really need the velcro strap to get a good reasonably tight fit. I had the other Shimanos without the strap and they blew-really sloppy on the foot.

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    check out your local performance bikes. They have decent shoes for cheap. If you end up loving clipless pedals, go get some nice shoes =)

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    Here are the shoes I bike in, they are great for biking and doing some hiking/walking

    http://www.rei.com/product/765129

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    I have had these for a while and love them. Great for riding and hiking

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/129...duro-Shoes.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Cool
    I have had these for a while and love them. Great for riding and hiking

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/129...duro-Shoes.htm
    I have the same exact shoes, I dont use them for clipless just platforms. Very stiff sole which makes them nice for clipless and soft rubber tread which is good for platforms (best of both worlds).
    Big Foot Blue KHS XC704r

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    I have those Pearl Izumi shoes linked, I like them for short rides and the commute. Very comfortable to walk in, but on longer rides the sole isn't quite stiff enough. Also, after about a year and a half, I got a small tear in a seam near the sole. They aren't waterproof anymore.

    I also have a pair of the cheaper SIDI standard shoes. The fit is a tad bit small for the size, with thicker socks in the winter they are a little snug. The ratcheting straps help get a good fit across the top of your foot.

    I did get both of those shoes from the outlet at backcountry.com or chainlove. If I had to choose one pair, I would sacrifice walking comfort and get the standard style shoe with the stiffer sole.

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    I've recently moved over to the Pearl Izumi X-Alp enduro's from shimano shoes....just the middle of the road, XC style shoes, forget which model. I elected to go with something with more traction on the sole for Hike-A-Bikes and the notion that since I'm doing more long distance riding, instead of purpose-driven, racing....having a racing designed shoe that is uber-stiff is not that important and the performance gains are not realized by the kind of riding I'm doing.

    However, in the end....the most important factor is comfort...in spite of what kind of shoe you get. To each his own, and his or her foot I guess.




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