Re: [CR]shotput shoes?


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Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 17:04:30 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
From: "Marc St. Martin" <marc.stmartin@earthlink.net>
To: marcus.e.helman@gm.com, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]shotput shoes?


Hi Marcus,

I too like the clips and straps thing. I use leather-soled Dettos without the cleats. This works fine for me as I have enough sole to insulate my feet and I can slip out quickly.

Marc St. Martin Livermore, CA (currently in Las Vegas) USA

P.S., there are a couple pairs of leather-soled Dettos on the 'Bay right now.

-----Original Message-----

>From: marcus.e.helman@gm.com

>Sent: May 14, 2008 12:56 PM

>To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org

>Subject: [CR]shotput shoes?

>

>Someone recently recommended shotput shoes for use with toeclips and

>straps. How stiff are the soles? I have been riding with the same pair

>of indoor soccer shoes for several years, and am beginning to want

>something new. Has anyone tried to put stiffer insoles in sneakers to get

>a better pedalling platform? Do stiffer insoles exist?

>

>This is treacherous ground for me. I have always ridden in sneakers. I

>like the ability to get off the bike, and walk easily. I am committed to

>toeclips and straps, so new bike shoes probably won't work for me, either

>because of lugged soles on mountain bike shoes, or velcro straps on road

>shoes, plus the dreaded duckwalk effect. Not to mention the gaudy color

>schemes.

>

>Also for me, toeclips and straps go with the whole classic bike gestalt.

>It is easy to slip into the toeclips with my Adidas Sambas. They even

>look a little like bike shoes. Riding with sneakers gives an added excuse

>when someone else is faster. "I could probably keep up with you if I had

>modern pedals, or if I wasn't riding this heavy old bike with only ten

>speeds and the shifters on the downtube."

>

>I suppose I could try to find a pair of Dettos, but I am also leery of

>traditional slotted cleats. I fear that I would not be able to get out of

>the pedals easily.

>

>I want something that looks like a bike shoe, but walks like a sneaker.

>Before I just go buy another pair of Sambas, I would be glad to hear your

>suggestions

>

>Best regards,

>Marcus Helman

>Detroit, MI USA