Clip in cycling shoes for BF feet?

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  1. Piggyback RidePlease

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    I did a few searches on this but did not find an answer. I sometimes like to get on my bike but use shoes that clip into the peddles. Can someone recommend a good cycling shoe with a wide toe box that I can attach the cycling cleat to?

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  2. DNEchris

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    Take a look at the Keen shoes

    Take a look at the Keen shoes - I used to think that they were over wide but I've not tried them in the last year or more.

    http://www.keenfootwear.com/wall/shoes/men/pedal
     
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    I went through this issue

    I went through this issue last summer. I tried on probably 10 different shoes from many brands. The widest I found were the Specialized MTB Shoes. I got the men's because they were wider than the women's.

    I was recommended Sidi Dominator in the Mega width many times but couldn't find them anywhere and they were very expensive. I didn't try the Keen's because they have arch support in them which bothers my foot.

    Good luck. Bike shoes that are wide enough is a tall order.
     
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    Sidi Dom Mega's have been

    Sidi Dom Mega's have been pretty good to me. About as wide as I think it gets in the way of good quality cycling shoes. Their durability kinda justifies the cost. I've really dogged mine for years and they don't even show wear.
     
  5. Pbarker,The problem with

    Pbarker,

    The problem with your BF biking is......

    You only get energy propelling you on the forward/down pedal stroke. You get nothing on the back/up stroke. With clips you get energy propelling you on the full pedal revolution. So currently you are only using 50% of your pedal stroke with your BF.
     
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    Those Sidi Megas are flippin'

    Those Sidi Megas are flippin' expensive. I think I'd need to find a UK stock near me to try them on first. Ouch, I could almost get a new bike for that price! OK, I accept that at the shoe price a bike would be made of cast iron and weigh as much as a battle tank but, you know £$£$£$£.
     
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    Lucky me, I found a pair of

    Lucky me, I found a pair of ex-display Sidi Megas with mega bucks off so I have those on order. This BF thing is meant to save on shoes but it seems there is some potential for more spending. The sports industry will have $ signs in their eyes. :cash:
     
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    HumboldtI think the back

    Humboldt

    I think the back stroke thing is overrated.

    When I first took off the clipless peddles my feet were lifting off the peddles but that only lasted for three days. The lift was most noticeable when climbing hills. I have a hunch my hill climbing may suffer. To counter this I have been getting out of the saddle more often and applying power across more of the stroke, not relaying on the back lift to clear the dead zone at end on the main power stroke. By finishing the main stroke fully you can quickly eliminate the need for a back stroke.

    When barefoot I actually I do pull up. Toes grab the peddles, more so at the high RPMs.

    Based on my own experience I am starting to think a strong back stroke is actually bad form and indicates a lost opportunity to apply power.

    We need to get back to basics and stiff clipped in shoes mask a lot of what is actually going on

    Tri it barefoot.



    Piggyback glad you found some shoes hope they fit.

    :)

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  9. pbarker

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     Barefoot biking videoThis

    Barefoot biking video

    This is what I am doing to get ready for the coming TRI season. If I am outside I use watershoes.





    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IswQbqDBlUk&feature=player_detailpage
     
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    Not only is the upstroke

    Not only is the upstroke nowhere near 50% of the available power, most research shows it is not power at all but merely an unweighting of the rising pedal so that your downstroking foot is not working to raise the upstroking one.

    Long before clipless pedals we had clips and straps for the same reason, but those principles were already becoming well understood. Unweighting and precisely duplicatable foot positioning were the real benefits.

    BTW, my foot condition that pretty much requires me to remain shoeless whenever possible was a result of genetics, age, and repetative motion in Sidi SPD shoes. It took twenty years of daily cycling in the exact same position to push my hallux limitis to the point of life altering status. Weird thing was aside from roller blades and work, it was the only time I was shod.

    A podiatrist I discussed this with believes that had I cycled barefoot all those years I might not have become symptomatic until posibly even my nineties! Since I did crash twice (THE OTHER RIDERS' FAULT!) who knows if I would even know about the condition today.....you know.....if I no longer possessed that now limited digit.....
     

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    Someone here could probably

    Someone here could probably rig up a pedal that had a strap you could go barefoot in right?
     
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    HumboltUntil you try it what

    Humbolt

    Until you try it what you said sounds reasonable.


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    I am now thinking of trying

    I am now thinking of trying the thong zipped tied to the peddle that spooner has
     
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    Probably a velcro strap on a

    Probably a velcro strap on a barefoot specific pedal would work best. I ride only barefoot these days but I'm not competing, so I let my feet float free.

    Whenever I come across a serious rider I'll stick with him or her and maybe even suck some tire for a while, they are always amazed to see a rider in cycling shorts, gloves, helmet, and bare feet keeping up with them.
     

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    I could see riding barefoot

    I could see riding barefoot on a road bike but I do alot of mountain biking, mainly singlespeed. Long technical climbs on a singlespeed? I'd like to be that guy, but its not going to happen, call me soft :)
     
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    Has anyone cycled barefoot in

    Has anyone cycled barefoot in a race, road or mountain. I am wondering about being disqualified.
     
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  18. PiggyBack RidePlease -So how

    PiggyBack RidePlease -

    So how do you like those Sidi Megas clip in shoes ? Do you have pretty wide feet ?

    I'm picky, and critcal of products I buy. So I'm wondering if these shoes are really worth extra value as far as the width ? I do a annual event at end of May that I really want to be clipped in for. I'll also be doing a lot of riding throughout May to train on my vehicle.

    Are the Sidi a realistic product to use for wider then normal feet ? I'm still trying to resolve a resolution for clipping in on feet that don't really even want shoes on the feet. Since I want to clip in my choices are limited, and my feet will have to tolerate shoes for short period use of pedal power.
     
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    @HumboldtI've got

    @Humboldt

    I've got rediculously wide feet and can't stand narrow shoes. The Sidi Doms are by far the best shoe I've worn or tried. All other cycling shoes I've tried, I've lost feeling in my toes after an hour on the saddle. That being said, they are more narrow feeling than say the VFF KSO Trek. Cycling shoes should fit relatively snug in order to be effective when really mashing gears. Its kind of a labor of love. I hate anything on my feet but tolerate these.
     

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