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    Shoes for singlespeeding

    Time for new shoes. I have been looking at the fancy specialized top of the line ones with the very stiff carbon sole (specialized seem to fit my foot best). However my riding is on a lot of steep hilly stuff where I do have to get of and push a bit. I'm thinking it maybe better then to get less stiff soled shoes to make pushing a bike up hills and walking easier.
    Any thoughts as to the best type of shoes for hilly singlespeeding?

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    I have a pair of Sidi Dominator 5ís and a pair of Adidas XCís. The Sidiís are more comfortable for riding and the Adidasís are better for walking. I am looking for a new pair now and will more then likely end up with another pair of Sidiís. They are like wearing slippers right from the get go.

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    I only wear Sidi's for any of the performance cycling I do. They fit perfect. I like a really stiff sole. I walk around in them all the time. On hard floors it's weird, but anything soft they're great.

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    I always liked Specialized when we sold them and went to Shimano after. The new Bontragers seem to mix the best of both for my feet on the rides I have on them so far... I cant wait to do more on them.

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    I've got some super stiff Specialized carbon soled shoes (second from top of line, or something like that). They're great for both cyclocross and mountain biking. If they're fine enough for running in cross races, they be fine for pushing the bike up a hill

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    Do you want to walk, or do you want to ride? Get a shoe for riding, and you'll have to walk less distance, and you'll be happier when you're not walking. Get a shoe for walking, and you'll be doing more of it. I have some Sidi Dominator 6s with the Specialized insoles.
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    I used the specialized mtb pros for a year and really liked them. Soles were super stiff for riding and it did not bother me walking/running However, just after they were out of the one year warranty the sole broke. I am back on dominators, which is what I used for a couple of years before the specialized. It could have been a fluke, but I don't think carbon soled mtb shoes will hold up to long if you are doing hike a bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDG1317
    It could have been a fluke, but I don't think carbon soled mtb shoes will hold up to long if you are doing hike a bikes.
    Good point. Also worth noting: the carbon insert in the sole of the Dominator 6 is replaceable.

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    Pearl Izumi X-Alp Enduro
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    That Pearl looks like an awesome shoe.

    A few months ago I bought some Shimano MT70's from Chainlove because they were cheap and I've liked virtually every Shimano shoe I've ever owned. These are not race shoes by any stretch of the imagination, but they're excellent for banging around in -- comfortable, durable, not so stylish.


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    Dmt

    I picked up a pair of DMT RSX Ultimax a year ago on Fleabay (cheap) and they have a nice narrow last and are great hiking on the rocks that litter AZ trails. Soft enough to get a grip but long lasting.
    Rode a 50 miler last weekend with about 7K of climbing and numerous wet creek crossings, never even noticed my feet/shoes...priceless .
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    Any off-road model by LAKE will have a Vibram sole, what better for hiking?

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    On the bike performance first....

    After several years on Sidis I'm moving to Specialized.

    The Specialized midsole is much stiffer than the Sidi which is a good thing for pedaling. The grips on the Spec sole is better for hike a bike sections, but the stiffer sole makes it a bit tougher when pushing up steep climbs.

    Sidis fit like a glove but their midsole is just too soft.

    The biggest thing I don't like about the Spec is I can't find a higher end model that does not come with mesh. Mesh is no good for cold, damp weather riding.
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    Single speed bike riding? Hilly? Um, I've done it in Adidas Shell toe high tops, Tiger patent leather hi tops, but I have been liking my Jack Purcell's lately.

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    I think you gotta have a ratchet buckle for singlespeeding. No matter how tight I get that top buckle (the only one that really matters) I still always have to reach down and get a few more clicks after I ride for a while.....

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    I'm a huge fan of the new Shimano M086 shoes. Stiff enough to be a race shoe, flexible enough for hike-a-bike, all rubber sole so you don't bust your ass walking on a slippery rock (Edie Brickell style), and a ratchet buckle to boot.

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    Winter:


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    I managed to drill some cleats into these...




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    Quote Originally Posted by illnacord
    Single speed bike riding? Hilly? Um, I've done it in Adidas Shell toe high tops, Tiger patent leather hi tops, but I have been liking my Jack Purcell's lately.

    Errr...what you have there are Pro Keds. These are Converse Jack Purcells.
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    I bike in my socks so my shoes don't get dirty.

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    WTB, good call! I have the JP's in burgundy and the Pro Keds in black. They're light canvas shoes for rippin on platform pedals. A bit off topic since I think these guys are hard core professional riders who need clip ins for maximum performance on their maximum performance bicycles.
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    Or we simply enjoy cycling more with clipless, and you stumbled into a thread where a guy is asking for opinions on clipless shoes. Could be that also...

    But it's probably like you said, we're all professional BAMFs, and we need clipless shoes to keep our feet glued in while we do our training loops on 20lb hardtails.

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    Sidi Dom 5s are great. Stiff sole, comfortable shoe for all day mashing. But step on wet roots or rocks and your ass will be on the ground

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    Answer XC1 for the flexible sole

    But I don't know if they even make shoes anymore. I like them because I'm fat old and week so I end up pushing the bike up many big hills and the ultra stiff soles suck for hiking, especially on slickrock.

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