Anyone use these with flat pedals?
I’ve got them but only briefly tried them with flats on my gf’s bike. You don’t have to take the cleats out btw – to use the spd part you have to rip out a section of the sole. They are fairly stiff but not that stiff – I wear em to work when I am cycling in and can’t be arsed changing shoes.
Why are stiff shoes no good for flats?Posted 9 years agosputnikMember
If you want to ride on flats with 661’s then get the models with the ‘taki’ soles.Posted 9 years ago
Friend of mine uses a pair an loves em. Crc does one for not too much.sputnikMember
racing_ralph, my mate usualy wears a size 44 and he got the 661’s in 44.Posted 9 years ago
initialy he said they were a ‘bit’ snug, but after wearing them in ( a week in spain) he said they were a perfect fit.
He is now on his second pair of the same. first pair lasted over a year.
Taki soles are soft and grippy so does wear away faster than a hard sole.
The same will go for the wear and tear on 5 tens though.andysandesMember
Van waffle grip used to be the best, but 5 10s are something else. Ask climbers!!
The 661 dont get good reviews and as some else pointed out they are around the same price.
As for the fashion angle, they’ve become ‘fashionable’ but mainly because they work. If they were cr** then I’m sure they would be in bargain bins everywhere as no one would have brought them for thier looks!Posted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
my current shoe of choice.
sole is stiff by trainer standards, but nowhere near as stiff as a spd obviously. Only come away from the pedals twice, once because the pedals foze over, the second time becase i bounced straight off them over brakeing bumps, the soles have got grippier with use, but dont seem to be getting torn/wearing like softer shoes have done.
-heel cup takes somegetting used to, or its worn in.
Upsides:Posted 9 years ago
+mud colour blends in well with real mud
+dries quickly on the radiator, and a quick brish with a stiff yard scrubber gets rid of the dry mud.
+they dont smell, no idea why, but they’s completley odour free so far, mght be the number of mydy rides though 🙂
+£30 from TKMax in Reading.scaredypantsSubscriber
I bought some of those 661 shoes that sputnik linked
Didn’t like em at all (on V12s) didn’t feel very grippy. They have quite a flexy sole but really rigid edges, odd combo
Once spent a week in the alps riding in battered old reebok classic boots instead
(mind, I like softish, bendy soles – like 5-10s. they are almost too grippy sometimes but then I’m kack & don’t manoeuvre other than by accident)Posted 9 years agobombermanMember
if youre going to buy those 661’s (not the taki ones) then you might as well buy any pair of skate trainers. skate trainers are made to have grippy soles and you can use your common sense about wether the pins will hold or not just by looking at them. The reason you need a bit of flex is that some flat pedals are concave. a good sturdy skate shoe will last a long time because they’re meant to be battered by grip tape on a skateboard so are usually triple layered around the toe and triple stitched to boot.
good brands are:
DC, DVS, adio, es, emerica – rollersnales online have a clearance sale on at the moment, have a look and see what you like..
unless you want the best grip possible (5:10s) then theres not going to be any difference between a pair of skate trainers and the 661 trainersPosted 9 years agoBushwackedSubscriber
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