- Non-bike specific shoes for flat pedals?
Approach shoes work well if they are robust enough – some of lightweight ones have too thin soles. I use 5.10 Guide Tennies as I don’t like how the bike specific ones fit.Posted 5 months ago
For wintet shoes I’m considering using light hiking boots with sole ground smooth or having them resoled with climbing rubber.monkeysfeetSubscriber
Addidas do a trail shoe based on 5-10 don’t they?Posted 5 months ago
Guide tennies. Or cheaper and a bit less sticky are these…
The tread pattern works well with pins on flats, but loses grip after a while (year of riding) when it gets cut up.Posted 5 months agoPeterPoddyMember
Most of my riding these days seems to be done in whatever’s on my feet or next to the door. I’ve probably only worn bike specific shoes a couple of dozen times this year. I mean I wouldn’t do an MTB ride in sandals, but I did 20-odd road miles in Tevas the other week…. 🙂Posted 5 months agosuperstuSubscriber
Trouble with vans and most skate shoes is they’re dire in the rain. After years I begrudgingly bought some shimano flat shoes (I know they’re not popular but I like them) and they repel most water. Far more comfortable than years with vans, Duffs etc
For winter I’d be tempted with a walking shoe/boot but grip tends to be “chunky” so not sure how good they’d be.
Waterproof socks have really helped!Posted 5 months agoaracerSubscriberhonourablegeorge wrote:
Salomon were marketing the XA as bike ready at one point… one of the mags reviewed them
I see the review, but I’m dubious how good they actually are. I’ve tried various shoes with flat pedals and I didn’t find Salomons great as the sole has too much curve. Fine for pootling, but the shoe pedal interface isn’t all that secure if you’re wanting your feet to stay on.
The question is why not bike specific shoes? I’ve used skate shoes because they’re cheap (at least they can be) and comfy and work well – the only major negative is lack of stiffness, but for messing around they work great. I’ve also used off-road running shoes for when I want better grip for hike-a-ride – I’ve not found any which work as well as specialist shoes, but those with a wide, flattish forefoot work fairly well. Haven’t tried approach shoes, but I expect they would work well. It’s a compromise between grip for walking and grip on the pedal. Though last year I walked to the top of Snowdon in my riding shoes having ridden up the miners track (I hadn’t planned on going to the top when I set off!)Posted 5 months ago
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