SPD commute shoes

#1

FOA brainz trust,

What’s the dealio on shoes. Thinking about dipping my toes back into SPD land, on my commuter first and (possibly) on my MTB later. Two-bolt only need apply. No triforce clacky duck-footed road shoes.

Searches on here suggest Giro Privateer are a solid choice. So will probably go try some on. My feet are on the wider side, so want to try on in-person. Sydney stockists?

What about the other Giro two bolt models. Republic? Tech lace?

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#2

I’ve been wearing the Giro Rumble VR for a couple years. Lace-up, comfy, look almost like normal shoes. I have ultrawide hobbit feet and they fit great.
Added bonus: Anaconda stocks them at a reasonable price.

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#3

although i actually own giros (roadie tho), Shimano just make the best shoes bang for buck wise imo. Haven’t had a pair of two bolt for some time but they have always been great.

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#4

I really like the Shimano RT4 and XC5, but no idea who might stock them…

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#5

+1 on Privateers, have been commuting in mine for 3 years now.

Paid $82 from evans when they were on sale.

I think theres now a lace up version of the privateers which is pretty sweet

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#6

i rate these 'Giro Terraduro Mountain Shoe ’

and these
shimano MO88

own both pairs currently and havent had any issues.

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#7

i got some of these off a mate for $20 [wrong size] - comfy to ride/walk in & recommended, cold rips stright thru them though, great for hitting a jumps park -bit soft for xc racing

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#8

For commuting, not racing…

And yeah, the cold goes right through them. I wear those neoprene toe covers if it’s below about 5 degrees or if it’s raining. Works a treat.

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#9

racing examples

  • some hot girl flies past you on your commute -you have to stand & stamp the pedals to catch up to her, without puffing too badfly you can’t get a word out
  • some tossa on a $10K build snubs his nose at your recycled single speed, you burn him off to teach him money isn’t everything & you shouldn’t just be a dick
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#10

I’m using northwaves. They are readily available on line but I don’t know how the width compares. I toolk the risk ordering on line and the sizing seems consistent with other shoes and decent walkability and good stiffness for a fast commute.

Raptor Gortex for winter

Scopius for summer

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#11

i really hope you don’t actually do this…?

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#12

Please stop being a creep.

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#13

Second this. Only downside is they are extremely breathable and not ideal on colder commutes.

EDIT. Yes. Like the others said.

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#14

https://www.mountainbikesdirect.com.au/shimano-sh-xc500-womens-spd-shoes

XC500 is fresh

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#15

funny how you were having a go at race commissaires for not being too bright.

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#16

Sweet. Heaps of suggestions. Googling now. But I expect I’ll be a bit limited on selection when I check out actual bike stores in Sydney.

Looks wise I do like the clean styling on those Shimano urban and xc5 ones. The heel pad and colours of the rumble always put me off trying them on. But might give them a go.

Cheers all.

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#17

I have to say I found all of Shimano’s models confusing, so for my first commuting pair I just bought the cheapest Shimano model on Wiggle for about $50 and they worked fine for about 5 years for commuting. Downsides were flexy, velcro only straps, and a fabric face material that absorbed any water that got near them.

I replaced them about 2 years ago with Giro Privateers and they’re great value for the $140 or whatever I paid for them, given I wear them for at last an hour every day. They solved all the downsides of the cheap Shimanos just mentioned - good stiffness, good durability, good lugs for pushing a loaded bike on steep loose ground, and the face fabric is fairly good at shedding water.

The higher end Shimanos would also have these features no doubt.

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#18

P.s. would wear these pink ones. Why so sexist with colours Shimano?

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#19

Northwave do run a wider fit, from what I’ve tried on.

I have a set of Nike and a set of Shimano SPD shoes. Despite the ‘walkable’ claims, unless it’s totally flat (e.g. tile or trowel concrete), the cleats will ALWAYS hit the ground, even on a brushed concrete surface like a footpath. Can get annoying and stops me wearing them to the shops if I’m just going for a quick grocery run or something.

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#20

XC500 are on sale at bikebug. They also seem to have some deep discounts on the really hiking-shoe-esque lakes

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