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Capt. Quirk
01-02-2012, 07:50 PM
I need to convert my road bike to clip-on's, but I haven't found a manufacturer that produces an extra wide shoe.
Shimano sells a standard "wide" shoe, but it's to narrow.

Does anybody know of a company that sells an extra wide road or mountain bike shoe? or have any advice
for purchasing my first set of clip-on's.

Thanks

Bill M.

Publison
01-02-2012, 07:56 PM
Sounds like a question for erco. I'm sure he knows.

erco
01-02-2012, 10:13 PM
Sidi mega, from what I Googled: http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-360087.html

SRLM
01-02-2012, 10:22 PM
I have US 13 size feet and I use the Shimano equivalent, on the lower side (since they're metric...). I don't know if my feet qualify for wide or not, but it fits well. Have you tried the Shimano shoes on? I was surprised by the fit when I did.

ps: I've found that using clip-in pedals on a bike is the second best thing that you can do to extend your power and efficiency on a bike (the first is to raise the seat up high). It's fun to be able to blast out of a dead stop, and only possible by using each leg through the entire stroke.

Capt. Quirk
01-03-2012, 03:54 AM
Erco: That helped out. I may be able to use the Sidi Zephr Mega.

SRLM: I have looked at the Shimano shoes. My local bike shop has a size 48 wide in
stock, but it was a 1E width and looked to narrow and a little short.

I have an XL frame (59cm) and my seat post raised 15" above the frame, and my seat
is 45" above the ground. Unfortunately the raised seat post shifted my center of gravity is too
far back. Next time I buy a bike, I will pay more attention to the frame specs.



I also found Giro HV (high volume) shoes; Does anybody have any experience with them?

Thanks

erco
01-03-2012, 06:16 AM
Also see http://www.mademan.com/mm/10-best-wide-width-cycling-shoes.html

and check out Northwave, per these posts:

http://beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=247448&posts=8

http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=16189815

http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=16189815

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
01-03-2012, 06:29 AM
Unfortunately the raised seat post shifted my center of gravity is too far back.
Have you tried changing to a longer stem? My mountain bike frame is a bit small for my 6'4" frame, but with the extended seat post and longer stem (plus extended handlebar-ends when I really want to stretch out), my weight is still centered okay, and I'm quite comfortable riding it.

-Phil

erco
01-03-2012, 07:00 AM
Nice to hear I'm not the only bike enthusiast here! Per Phil's suggestion, bike fit can be adjusted with different handlebars and stems in various lengths and angles. And don't rule out making custom parts to fit your specific needs. Here's one of my faves: http://www.the508.com/2003web/stories/s01.html :)

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
01-03-2012, 08:28 AM
The attached photos exhibit the mods I made to my bike. The latest have been the extensions to the toe clips (aluminum standoffs). These were made to accommodate my size 13 shoes. Before the mod I was experiencing issues resulting from pushing on the pedals with my tiptoes. Now my feet are better centered on the crank pivot. (Thanks to Ken Gracey for his consultation on this mod! BTW, did you know that Ken has bicycled sea-to-sea across the U.S?)

-Phil

P.S. Erco, that chainring is amazing! I can't imagine going as fast downhill as that thing must propel you!

Ttailspin
01-03-2012, 02:45 PM
(Thanks to Ken Gracey for his consultation on this mod! BTW, did you know that Ken has bicycled sea-to-sea across the U.S?)
My brother has issues too... http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/dmylan
I have 5000 + miles on my mountain bike, and about 1000 on my road bike.. but my brother is just nuts...

-Tommy

Martin Hodge
01-03-2012, 03:31 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uhjDbVsuLM

Jen J.
01-03-2012, 04:33 PM
My household will vouch for Sidi shoes. Very well crafted and durable.

erco
01-03-2012, 04:42 PM
BTW, did you know that Ken has bicycled sea-to-sea across the U.S?)

That makes two of us, I crossed in '95 on PAC Tour and met all my ultracycling heroes on that trip. That was the beginning of my obsession.


P.S. Erco, that chainring is amazing! I can't imagine going as fast downhill as that thing must propel you!

With a bit of work, I can sustain 60+ MPH on the 10-mile downhill into Death Valley. At night, with a van on my butt lighting the way. Fun. :)

Capt. Quirk
01-05-2012, 11:10 PM
Erco: You are CRAZY!

I have no need for speed. If I was green; I would look like Shrek riding a bicycle, and
the "bigger you are, the harder you fall" definitely applies to me.

Phil: I have made similar changes to my bike. When I replaced my 10 speed, I purchased
a Cross-Over style bike for a more comfortable cruising position.

I moved my grips inwards to keep my hands from falling asleep, and installed the bar extenders.
I installed "Grab-On" grips, worked on finding my best CG, and tire combinations.
When I cruise, I place the palms of my hands on the end of the bar extenders.

Erco: thanks for the links

Everybody: Thank You for your input.

Bill M.

erco
01-08-2012, 02:53 AM
I just saw this trailer for a pretty intense movie about RAAM (Race Across AMerica), I know one of the guys shown. I've done 508 miles nonstop, but these guys are really crazy and make me seem more "normal". Everyone needs someone to point at who's weirder than they are.

http://bicycledreamsmovie.com/trailer.html