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Best Big Bike Shop (West London)

meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
edited May 2012 in Commuting chat
So I'm seeing the Bike Whisperer on Thursday for a bike fitting on my grand visit to the Big Smoke. Trouble is I STILL can't find any shoes to fit me - bizarrely my SIDI Dragons in a 45 (I'm 44) are still the best (poor) fit having tried:

Lakes 44.5 (too short)
Sidi Mega (45 like boats, 44 too short)
Northwave (45 like boats, 44 loose side-to-side at heel end)
Shimano (45 OK but tight near toes)

I've been getting very friendly with the local PO as I return these shoes.

Anyhow - where's best towards the west of London (I'm staying near Ascot) that has a good range of shoes or who does some custom fit (in an oven - Shimano?) shoes?

Thanks
ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH

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  • greg66_tri_v2.0greg66_tri_v2.0 Posts: 7,172
    Sigma Sports in Kingston is the obvious pick.

    Condor in Holborn would be good, but they are right in the middle of London.
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  • KevEssKevEss Posts: 186
    +1, most definitely Sigma Sports
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Thanks - yes, Sigma looks good and they do both Bont & Shimano custom fits (if all else fails) - I've made contact

    Thank you!
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,587
    Greg66 wrote:
    Sigma Sports in Kingston is the obvious pick.

    Condor in Holborn would be good, but they are right in the middle of London.

    Ascot - Waterloo direct train in ~1hr. Then Northern and Piccadilly lines to Russell Square or Holborn, followed by a short walk.

    It's an option, anyway. :)
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  • Sigma are great, but what gives with a Cycle Fit, Volagi giving you a back ache?
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,731
    ok some other options:
    Bont - can he heated up and moulded to your foot.
    Specialized - fit very well for my feet and are highly recommended by the bike whisperer
  • londonlivvylondonlivvy Posts: 644
    Just btw, Sigma Sport staff in Hampton Wick can be quite snooty, but their other shop just over in Kingston (a Specialized concept store) has been (imo) much more friendly and very helpful. They also have quite a decent range of stock including lots of specialized shoes. I think that spesh shoes are reasonably wide vs the alternatives and certainly cheaper than a custom shoe so may be worth a try.
  • clarkey catclarkey cat Posts: 3,641
    Greg66 wrote:
    Sigma Sports in Kingston is the obvious pick.

    Condor in Holborn would be good, but they are right in the middle of London.

    Ascot - Waterloo direct train in ~1hr. Then Northern and Piccadilly lines to Russell Square or Holborn, followed by a short walk.

    It's an option, anyway.


    surely you'd take the 243 or the 341
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Sigma are great, but what gives with a Cycle Fit, Volagi giving you a back ache?

    Not at all - I just figured having bought the bike, I might as well make sure it is set up right. I don't really want to find out half way down Ireland that I have a problem. Given that the measurements can be transferred, I can also apply to the back-up Cayo too.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,135 Lives Here
    Greg66 wrote:
    Sigma Sports in Kingston is the obvious pick.

    Condor in Holborn would be good, but they are right in the middle of London.

    Ascot - Waterloo direct train in ~1hr. Then Northern and Piccadilly lines to Russell Square or Holborn, followed by a short walk.

    It's an option, anyway.


    surely you'd take the 243 or the 341

    Somehow I can't see Greg ever using a bus! ;)
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    Make sure that wherever you try stocks Giros as well as they sound like a good fit given your experiance with other brands.
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  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    asprilla wrote:
    Make sure that wherever you try stocks Giros as well as they sound like a good fit given your experiance with other brands.

    I'd heard that Giro were very narrow so discounted them - I'll certainly try them if they're likely to be a fit as I've heard only good things about them
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • bigmatbigmat Posts: 5,108
    Think I've said previously but I have wide feet and Diadora work for me (half sizes too which is always good). Surprising for Italian shes, but worth considering.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    bigmat wrote:
    Think I've said previously but I have wide feet and Diadora work for me (half sizes too which is always good). Surprising for Italian shes, but worth considering.

    Cool - will look. I'm beginning to think that my feet are an odd shape as much as they are wide. The wide-fitting shoes that fit width-wise are too short. The narrow ones too narrow at the toes. It'll be great to go somewhere that can assess them properly and have a good selection.
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,146
    Bont bont bont bont bont.

    Go to Cyclefit in Covent Garden and they'll bake 'em for your feet - although you can do this at home easily. Love mine, use them with a set of Sole's (http://www.yoursole.com/uk/) which are also oven moulded. Super comfy. FWIW I have quite wide feet.

    Dunno if Sigma stock Bont, but they'd be my other choice - seconding many others I'm sure.
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,587
    surely you'd take the 243 or the 341

    I would, but it's often easier to refer a tourist to the Tube. The map is easier to read, it's easier to tell when you need to alight etc...
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,804 Lives Here
    Just btw, Sigma Sport staff in Hampton Wick can be quite snooty, but their other shop just over in Kingston (a Specialized concept store) has been (imo) much more friendly and very helpful. They also have quite a decent range of stock including lots of specialized shoes. I think that spesh shoes are reasonably wide vs the alternatives and certainly cheaper than a custom shoe so may be worth a try.
    I completely agree with the above. The Specialized shop is just round the corner from me. If you do go that way let me know and I'll buy you a pint or make you a cuppa if possible.
    Are you allowed to say Volagi in a Specialized store?
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    veronese68 wrote:
    Just btw, Sigma Sport staff in Hampton Wick can be quite snooty, but their other shop just over in Kingston (a Specialized concept store) has been (imo) much more friendly and very helpful. They also have quite a decent range of stock including lots of specialized shoes. I think that spesh shoes are reasonably wide vs the alternatives and certainly cheaper than a custom shoe so may be worth a try.
    I completely agree with the above. The Specialized shop is just round the corner from me. If you do go that way let me know and I'll buy you a pint or make you a cuppa if possible.
    Are you allowed to say Volagi in a Specialized store?

    I will make a point of saying Volagi :wink: Cool - I'll let you know if/when I'm there
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
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