I know we’ve talked about this before, but after 461 Friday Group Rides you’re bound to wonder some of the same stuff over again, and anyway I need some new shoes.
There was a time, what I’ll call my formative cycling years, when you wore Sidi shoes if you were serious. You all know, by now, how serious I am. But I did follow that rule through several pairs of Italian footwear and more than a couple buckle replacements.
Basically what happened with my last pair of Sidis is I got the wrong replacement buckle and got fed up and bought a pair of Giro Privateers from my LBS. The Giro New Road line really struck me in exactly the same way the OG Sidis did, stripped down products, elegant design. I have liked those shoes.
Now I need new shoes AND, my wife needs new shoes. She’s a spin instructor who bought a pair of middle-of-the-line Specialized mountain shoes about 8 years ago and has been riding them 3-4 days-a-week since. There are all sorts of purpose-designed indoor cycling shoes now, but all the ones I’ve seen have left me unimpressed. I can be a bit of a curmudgeon about these things, to be fair.
Another complicator is that feet are unique, by which I mean, what works on your foot doesn’t necessarily work on mine, even if the shoes are great. This is true, I think, for saddles and handlebars and even pedals to a degree. The touchpoints are important, and peculiar to the rider.
Having said all that, this week’s Group Ride asks what shoes you’re wearing, whether you like them or not, what you like about them, and whether you’d recommend them? Bonus points if you have a good idea for indoor shoes.