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Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 9:53am
camstav wrote:I went to Sports Direct yesterday, but they had nothing at all. I live in Cambridge and there is no Decathlon around, the nearest is in London.
There's one in Harlow, but probably still a bit far to go for shoes!

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 9:48am
robing wrote:I have Specialised Touring shoe, but tbh it's more a road shoe. I take a v lightweight pair of crocs to wear off the bike.

I also use Specialized (BG Sport Tour?) shoes. They are pretty stiff, so good on the bike, but also OK for an evening stroll of a mile or two. Sizing maybe slightly narrow, otherwise standard.

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 8:52am
camstav wrote:Thanks a lot for all these messages!
I went to Sports Direct yesterday, but they had nothing at all. I live in Cambridge and there is no Decathlon around, the nearest is in London. The bike shops that I know around here are small and don't have a large range at all. Maybe visiting a few shops and trying different things is the way to go. I will try to find some time for that this week.

I will let you know!

Thanks again,
Camille.
I'm off to a branch of Rutland Cycling today who seem to have big stocks of most things and aren't too far away from you if you're Cambridge-based. Grafham (which I happen to be going to) would be your closest, I think.

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 8:52am
I have Specialised Touring shoe, but tbh it's more a road shoe. I take a v lightweight pair of crocs to wear off the bike.

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 8:50am
Thanks a lot for all these messages!
I went to Sports Direct yesterday, but they had nothing at all. I live in Cambridge and there is no Decathlon around, the nearest is in London. The bike shops that I know around here are small and don't have a large range at all. Maybe visiting a few shops and trying different things is the way to go. I will try to find some time for that this week.

I will let you know!

Thanks again,
Camille.

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 8:36am
Decathlon have a decent range of reasonably priced shoes if you can get to one.

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 8:19am
Have you seen any of those in the flesh' and have you tried them on? There's no point buying the most recommended, best reviewed, shoes if they're the wrong shape for your feet. It's also worth checking some of the details which may not be clear from the webpages - I have a pair of Mavic Cruize which I am generally happy with, but the mesh upper (described as breathable) barely stops the airflow, which means I get cold feet unless either it's fairly warm or I wear some kind of membrane (eg Sealskinz socks). That may suit you, or may not.

I would suggest you visit a shop with a decent range, if you can find one, and try some on.

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 8:19am
Cycling shoes in general run narrow. If you are someone who can wear most shoes, you're probably okay just going up a size or so. Otherwise, try them on. I've only ever found one pair of cycling shoes, other than sandals that fit me. I have only moderate difficulty finding street shoes and trainers that fit, but an awful time finding cycling shoes that fit.

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 6:36am
Hi Camille and well to the CTC Forum!

I'm pretty sure that the RT82's have to be used with the A520 and A600 pedals - I've used both and they are excellent but recommend the latter as they are very light and smooth.

I've not used the RT82 shoes but use the earlier RT51 with the same sole and can confirm that they are OK for walking although you will occasionally hear the cleat making contact with the ground on irregular pavement surfaces. IME Shimano shoes are a bit small and I had to size up from 42 to 44 but this might be due to me having slightly broad feet.

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 6:22am
Touring shoes not does. Blooming autotext

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 6:21am
Sorry. A proper answer too.. there are various answers to your problem. Obviously something as stiff as a road show will be impossible for walking more than a few metres. Touring does it is, then. Shimano have the reputation of narrowness, though of course that won't bother some people. Exustar Stelvios walk like normal shoes. I have a pair. I also have a pair of Keens, which are broad and comfortable for me.

Re: The right shoes for touring

31 May 2015 - 6:11am
Step by step!

The right shoes for touring

30 May 2015 - 11:52pm
Hi there,

I am new to cycling, I have bought a road bike recently and I am buying accessories step by step.
I am already doing day trips, about 80km per day on weekends.
I would like to buy cycling shoes (my pedals are Shimano SPD), but since I like to do some tourism and visit places (villages, etc...) I would like to be able to walk in those shoes...
I don't really know if I should go for road-touring, mountain-biking or trekking shoes...
Has someone experienced walking with Shimano RT82 (road-touring) or Shimano MO89 (mountain-biking)?

I have narrowed down my shopping list to 4 types of shoes:
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-mt44-touring-cycle-shoes/
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-mt34-spd-touring-cycle-shoes/
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-rt82-spd-touring-cycle-shoes/
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-m089-spd-mountain-bike-shoes/

I am mainly hesitating between the RT82 and the MO89...
Would you have any suggestion or advice?

Many thanks,
Wishing you all a good weekend,

Camille.

Re: Road bike or mountain bike?

30 May 2015 - 8:02pm
I decided to try a short trip overnight this weekend, so I am now sitting about to eat (the local pub isn't serving food tonight ) at a campsite just south of Bury St Edmunds.

I brought the mountain bike and it has been fine over the 35ish miles I do today. I have brought about 13kg of stuff including the weight of the bags and rack and the bike has handled well.

Let's hope the promised rain tonight isn't too bad!

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

30 May 2015 - 10:05am
I was thinking more of the climb up from llangadog. From the South you just settle down to a steady trundle, from the North it wears you out with the long pre-amble and then gets progressively steeper.

Only three weeks to the Swansea CTC annual 100 miler which goes up there. I always enjoy that little day trip.

Edit: To try and keep on topic, plenty of old and secondhand bikes will be going up that hill on that 100 miler.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

30 May 2015 - 9:53am
North is was. Pretty stable going down to Llangadog, got to Aberaeron that day, but my kidney stone started playing up at Fishguard , so my wife had to come and get me.
I have never come down the other way into Brynamman, I must try it soon.

Re: People who have cycled the Pamir Highway...

30 May 2015 - 9:47am
matt2matt2002 wrote:Great here.
27 degrees
Off this !morning to start our trip to Osh and the Dushanbe.
Sakura guesthouse house the best. 550/ might.
Traveling with 3 others.
Only hassle we heard of was a young American being shipped by police.
They stole 2000 Som from him. I think an isolated example.

Traffic on town bad. Pollution and pot holes plus bad driving.

No more internet access for a few days. But let me know if I can be of assistance.

Matt

Ohh that's so bad!!! I'm wondering how it could happen. How long do you suppose it will take to cycle from Bishkek to Dushanbe? Could you please share your route?

Thanks

All the best!


It may happe

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

30 May 2015 - 9:42am
Neilo wrote:I would also go with the second hand option.



Althoughthis is not second hand, I have had it for about 20 years.
It was re-roled a few years ago, and makes a great tourer. I have shortended the steerer since.
The only original parts are the seatpost and the bottle cage screws.

Neil

I know that wall, I hope you were headed North with all that luggage on, coming down either way should enable you to test the bike's stability. Have you noticed that you have an empty space behind your saddle? You could fit a bit more there with a couple of straps.

There are no doubt a few pictures around of my old secondhand bikes leaning against it.

Re: on a budget - New bike or secondhand quandry

30 May 2015 - 9:31am
not the frame?

sorry.

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