Road shoed suggestions

Druidor
Druidor Posts: 230
edited April 2013 in Road buying advice
Any pointers with getting some road shoes,

Just put my order in for a new bike but spent all of my voucher so shoes out of my own pocket

tried the Specialized 2012 sworks that local shop has £160 but cost high atm

I liked the dual dial tensioners they had

any suggestions for a lad with size 12 wide tootsies..
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Sensa Trentino SL Custom 2013 - 105 Compact - Aksium Race

Comments

  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    Don't skimp on shoes, they're pretty much the most important piece of kit. Buy Bonts. :)
    English Cycles V3 | Cervelo P5 | Cervelo T4 | Trek Domane Koppenberg
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Druidor wrote:
    I liked the dual dial tensioners they had

    Any particular reason why? I ask because so far I've only had shoes with Velcro straps. And every time I put the shoes on, I just slap the Velcro straps down, get on the bike and don't think about them again until I get off - I've certainly never had to adjust them whilst on the move. I actually don't really know why I'd need complicated tensioning systems. Maybe if I was a powerful sprinter it might help but otherwise I'm not sure I see the point.
    Faster than a tent.......
  • I've just ordered a set of these as after having a good look around the internet last night. I'd been starting to get numb feet and pins and needles so thought i'd upgrade my shoes next.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/lou ... e-ec034774
  • c-mac
    c-mac Posts: 30
    I bought some Shimano r087, my first ever pair of clip in shoes. They seem fine, mostly used on my commute which is only 30 mins. A couple of longer rides and they have been comfortable to wear all day. Get cleat covers though if you need to walk in them.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,862
    the pre-2013 s-works with boas are extremely nice, light, stiff, good footbeds, dry fast (whether it's rain or a scrub under the tap), you can get them discounted to 150 at cycle surgery, if the fit is good for you that price makes them a bargain

    the key thing with shoes is fit, if this is your first pair, try a few, fit varies a lot between makes/models

    when trying on, wear the thickest socks you'll ever ride in, and make sure there's some room, when under pressure and exercising feet will expand a bit

    next is stiffness, stiffer the better, if you can feel the cleat through the shoes then they're not stiff enough
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • passout
    passout Posts: 4,425
    I agree about stiffness (above). I have some carbon soled shimano shoes & am very happy with them. Of course fit is important too...
    'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.
  • Andyh4324
    Andyh4324 Posts: 58
    Rolf F wrote:
    Druidor wrote:
    I liked the dual dial tensioners they had

    Any particular reason why? I ask because so far I've only had shoes with Velcro straps. And every time I put the shoes on, I just slap the Velcro straps down, get on the bike and don't think about them again until I get off - I've certainly never had to adjust them whilst on the move. I actually don't really know why I'd need complicated tensioning systems. Maybe if I was a powerful sprinter it might help but otherwise I'm not sure I see the point.

    I'm in the market for some shoes soon and was told by a guy in my LBS that shoes with some sort of ratchet or other strap at the top of the shoes helps when pushing hard, as velcro could slip with the effort.

    Any thoughts on this?
    Maybe he was upselling, maybe not. It made sense though as he explained it. I haven't bought anything yet so would be grateful for some real world experience.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Bought some Giro Factors recently and they were a lovely change up from my Shimano R077. Incredibly comfy and ridiculously stiff. They also come with 3 different footbeds depending on the size of your instep.

    I think they are around 150 at the moment if you shop around. Read the reviews online, but generally, except for high RRP (250 or so), everyone seems to love them.