It says something about me (I’ll leave it to you to decide what), that I found myself this morning, sitting on the basement floor, with my new road shoes and a box filled with pedals and cleats. I don’t know how this happens, but as I spread the bits and pieces across the floor I found 3 sets of Look cleats, one set of broken, but possibly reparable, Look pedals, 2 sets of Shimano road pedals, and no SPD-SL cleats.
I have no one to blame but myself.
I texted some friends to see if they had Shimano cleats for me. They both did (OF COURSE THEY DID!!!), and promised to bring them into work. That left me with the option of sticking the Looks back together with chewing gum and limping to the office.
It is so like me to spring for a nice, new pair of road shoes and totally space my pedal set up. I must have thrown out my old cleats with my old, busted road shoes. That’s not a pro move. Not at all.
It took me too long to resolve to buy the shoes, during which period I switched over to mountain shoes on my road bike. That’s fine, but it bothered me. So I got a pair of Giro Factors (see above), which I love. This is not a review, but those shoes make me faster, full stop, and they come with three different arch support inserts. If you can manage it, I highly recommend you get a pair. My mountain shoes are Giro too, Privateers. I believe I have settled on their shoes as the coolest/bestest, a scale seldom used in product evaluations, but the only one I know. Don’t tell Mr. Blacksocks.
Pedal-wise, I’m running Shimano road (SPD-SL) and Time ATAC trail. I have arrived here after much experimentation, some disappointment, and not a little failure. Knowing that these are my choices makes it all the more mystifying that I found myself clawing through the bin for cleats this morning.
This week’s Group Ride is about shoes and pedals. What do you ride? Why? How much have you experimented? In all honesty, I think shoes are personal, like saddles. Me recommending a shoe really doesn’t mean it’s right for you, just that I like it. My feet are pretty average, though my aging body appreciates arch support more and more. Your results may vary.