Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

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Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby yertez » Fri May 16, 2014 08:26 am

Need my first pair of road shoes. I have been doing up to 85 miles with my MTB SPDs, but have a couple of 100 miler days coming up.

BTwin Triban 5 bike only cost £400, so a bit reluctant to splash £200 on Sidis (+ pedals).
(Bike is excellent BTW)

Entry level shoes are the BTwin Road £30, Shimano RO64 £40, DHB R1.0 £40.
Next level up are the Shimano RO88 / RO87 range at £70 to £80, but then you start to consider splashing out the £200.

Any experiences to share with entry level shoes ?

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby arran77 » Fri May 16, 2014 08:30 am

I've got the Shimano R087 shoes which are very good if you did want to spend that bit more.

No experience personally of any of the others but I believe the DHB shoes are well regarded.
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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby Essex Rouleur » Fri May 16, 2014 08:31 am

What size are you?

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby yertez » Fri May 16, 2014 08:36 am

UK 44 (small size 9) plus not particularly wide feet.

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby iPete » Fri May 16, 2014 08:45 am

I use the Shimano MO range (the same as the road shoes but SPD) and got a good 8,000+ miles from the first set (MO66 or similar, have MO77 now).

I've also spent large sums of money on said £200 shoes and went back. More expensive doesn't mean better, not if you don't find something that fits right and stays comfortable.
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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby Tjgoodhew » Fri May 16, 2014 08:46 am

Another thumbs up for the Shimano R087.

I initially started off with a cheap pair of shoes that cost me about £30 and they were dreadful. Bought a pair of Shimano R087 a few months later and thy have served me well for the last 18 months and are still perfectly fine to ride in. I have just bought a pair of Fizik R1 and they are better still but they are in the Sidi price range

IMO shoes are a very important piece of kit so altho maybe dont spend £200 I wouldnt just go for a budget pair
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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby yertez » Fri May 16, 2014 09:02 am

Take your points, thanks for the input.
RO88 are £70 in Decathlon at the mo (£10 less than the RO87) so might grab a pair then.
Added bonus is I already have the SPD-SL pedals too.

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby tomhowells » Fri May 16, 2014 09:14 am

I started off with the dhb m1.0 spd's, lasted for about 5,000 miles before they started to look tired. I was impressed with them as they took a proper battering in all weathers.
I have recently moved on to the dhb R1.0, and can say that they are very good as well, nice & comfy & to my untrained eye, very stiff.
Ultimately, as with most things cycling, fit is the most important thing, so get out there & try a few pairs on - you can get the dhb's & send them back if they aren't what you are looking for?
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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby upperoilcan » Fri May 16, 2014 09:15 am

What's the reason for the change ?

Dont change for the sake of changing them.
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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby rhysrolfe » Fri May 16, 2014 11:59 am

The dhb R1.0 are nice shoes i only replaced them with the dhb R2.0 after damaging them in a crash.
You should probably order a size up as i found them tight on longer rides but am fine now i went a size up with there replacements.

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby Miles253 » Fri May 16, 2014 20:22 pm

+1 for R087

They were my first road shoe, plenty comfortable, stuff enough, and didn't drag my ankles off In weight. I still commute in them.
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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby Curious Yellow » Fri May 16, 2014 22:12 pm

Road Crank Bros pedals on my road bike for years. Swapped to 105 pedals and Sidis one day and never looked back. I've been using them almost daily, in all seasons for 2 years now and they're as good as the day I got them.

Wish I'd done it sooner. My Sidis are one of the few expensive purchases I do not regret.

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby NorvernRob » Fri May 16, 2014 23:07 pm

Have you considered Shimano R078's? They are a bit cheaper at £50, I have a pair and they're really comfortable. I can't think of anything to actually say about them, I put them on and forget about them so that has to be a good thing!

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby blackpoolkev » Sat May 17, 2014 00:29 am

I have just bought a pair of Specialized Elite Touring shoes(SPD) to replace my similar but very worn (15,000miles) Specialized Sport Touring shoes. http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/elite-touring-shoe-ec043380
If you have Tesco clubcard vouchers they are worth double at Evans cycles. - £90 shoes for £32 worth of vouchers.
I am happy to recommend them, unlike most SPD shoes they look like a normal road shoe.

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby rodgers73 » Sat May 17, 2014 05:09 am

+1 for Specialized shoes. Very comfy as a range generally.

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby Luv2ride » Sat May 17, 2014 07:20 am

+1 for Specialized entry level. Still using some of their BG Sport MTB shoes after buying them in a sale many years ago. Not really any signs of wear and very comfy.

I went for Mavic Avenirs on my first road bike, and they're still in use today although I also bought some Mavic Road Pro's. The Pros are better (lighter, stiffer) but also a better fit as I got them in a half size smaller than my Avenirs. Getting the right size first time around is probably the most important bit.
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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby defride » Sat May 17, 2014 08:42 am

When I bought a new pair I debated whether to buy on line or visit a shop. In the end I went up to the dealer and I'm glad I did. Trying them was well worth it, I assumed the Shimano road shoes would do the job as I have Shimano mtb shoes but the couple I tried either didn't feel nice or the heel slipped. There were a few brands that I'd seen cheaper on line but the fit while alright wasn't as good as the pair I ended up with.

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby Bar Shaker » Sat May 17, 2014 16:47 pm

Spend all of your budget on better SPD shoes and avoid the cost of having to buy new pedals.
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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby rickeverett » Sat May 17, 2014 17:49 pm

Found Shimano be best comfort and build wise.

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Re: Entry level road shoes - your experiences ?

Postby peggrinder » Sat May 17, 2014 19:06 pm

+1 for the Specialised Elite Touring, size up a half & you will find a nice fit. Mtb Sport shoes the same, comfy as a comfy thang...


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