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Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship)

START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth.
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair.
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours..
Bicycle Touring Saddles.
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips.
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets

How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits
Solar Power for Camp

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
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Bicycle Touring Shoes, Pedals, Cleats, Toe Clips or Straps for Bike Tours.

 

 

The bike shoe and pedal is one of the interfaces between the human power and the bicycle's forward movement.  The two components are so interrelated that I will discuss them simotainasily on this page.  Bicycle touring shoes and pedals are topics with a lot of debate in the bike world but it really comes down to type of trip, style of riding, and personal preference.  Like most things argued about in cycling equipment; there are no "right" answers.

There is a trade off in cycling efficiency and walking confort.  The most confortable walking shoes make the least efficiant cycling shoes.  The most efficient bicycling shoes, like those road shoes worn by racers in the Tour De France, make the worst walking shoe.  A compromise between walking comfort and cycling efficiency has to be struck.  The two ends on this continuation are running shoes and bike racing shoes

- soft soled running shoes compress weith each pedal stroke and have have energy robbing flex.  Of cource these charistics make them comfortable for daily wear, walking, and running.  Often after riding a couple hours in tennis shoes your foot feels like it is wrapping around the pedal.

- cycling shoes have hard soles that do not compress or flex.  This way all of the foots downwatds ptrssure is transfered into the pedal and on to the rear wheel.  I grew up with the slotted shoe with wooden soles that were attached with a toe clip and strap.

Although some tourist go with one pair of schoos most have more.  If you go this way I suggest a general athletic (volly ball, tennis) shoe rather than a running shoe. 

 

- Barbra Savage has a picture in her book of two running shoes completely wore out in the shape of a pedal. 

Another option to concider is to bring two or even three (sandles) pairs of shoes on a bike tour.  This adds the complication of weight and space to the decision process.

pic of shoe sticker from chaingang

In the old days bike shoe and pedal choices were extremely limited.  Racing bike shoes had slotted cleats and leather toe straps that had to be quickly loosend everytime cycling came to complete stop.  The plastic or wooden cleat stuck out well beyond the bottom of the shoe was very difficualt to walk in.  I can remember slipping and falling hard on slick floors; especially the three flights of stairs I climbed daily to my university dorm room.  Because these shoes were only good for pedaling few tourist used them.  On my very first bicycle tours I actually used my racing cleats and toe straps but switched to tennis shoes tied to the back of my load.  Most touring cyclist either used regular street shoes and a flat pedal or a special smooth and stiff soaled shoe that was narrow enough to fit into racing pedals.  Because of the lack of cleat these early touring shoes were easy to walk short distances in.

Regular Walking / Tennis Shoes Flat Platform Pedals.
Touring shoes - police shoes Duel Purpus Pedals
Bike Sandles Mountain Bike Pedals
Mountain Bike Shoes road pedal
thinks to be aware of things to avoid

 LOOK FOR Shimano A530's; clipless on one side and platform

Regular Walking / Tennis Shoes and Flat Platform Pedals.

Mountain Bicycle / MT Bike Shoes and Dual Sided SPD Clipless Pedal.

Multi Purpose Walking Cycling Shoe with Combination Clipless SPD and Flat Platform Pedal.

Cycling SPD clipless Sandals for Hot Summer Ridind and Touring.

Things to Avoid.

 


Walking or Tennis Shoes and Flat Pedal

Probably the cheapest and best option for beginning bicycle tourist is your favorite pair of tennis / walking shoes and a standard flat pedal.  ght   This is not to say that expieranced travelers never use this same set up.

- low top and non running hard sole

- large pedal to distribute weight on soft soled shoes

- I personnally do not recoment toe clips with tennis shoes but you may come to a different conclusion.  Toe clips make this simple solution cumbersom and complicated.  They often scrape along the road until they can be flipped around your foot wiggled in.  I also question how much efficiency this actually adds to the pedal stroke.  I recomend that you first try riding around a few weeks without the toe clips then add them and ride around another few weeks.  After this expierment you will know what you prefer.

 

Click to purchase.
Nashbar Jaws Platform Pedal

The Jaw?s extra wide platform with aggressive 'no slip? teeth keeps you foot exactly where you want it. Aluminum cage and body with steel axle. Includes rubber seals to help keep dirt and grime out of the bearings. 432g

Buy  HERE

 

Click to purchase.
Nashbar Land Cruiser Pedal

"Built to last with a wide contact area for the largest foot. No Slip? replaceable pins dig in and keep your foot where you want it. Sealed bearings for less maintenance and Chromoly axle for added strength. Black painted finish. Includes 6 extra pins. 562g."""

Buy  HERE

 

 

 


MOUNTAIN BIKE SHOES AND CLIPLESS PEDALS

With the invention and popularity of the mountain bike there are several new options for bike touring shoes.  Mountain bikers often find themselves pushing their bikes through sand or over obsticals like logs.  Because Mt. biking is physically demanding the riders wanted the efficiency of the racing shoe but enough agility to be on their feet.  The bicycle equipment manufacturing responded with the receseed clipless attachment system or commonly thought of as simply mountain bike shoes. 

 

 

Click to purchase.
Sidi Bullet 2 Mesh Mountain Shoe

A re-designed upper for better fit, plus a new competition sole for improved traction and mud expulsion. Proprietary sole replacement system is constructed from a nylon base for the perfect balance between power transfer and weight savings. Hi-traction rubber lugs give superior grip while being user replaceable. Triple Velcro strapped closure with integrated locking teeth will not slip. The Bullet 2 gives you comfort, fit, ventilation and durability. Fit 'relievers? on tongue. Molded plastic heel cup. Toe spike compatible. Color: Black with white accents

Buy  HERE

 

 

Click to purchase.
Sidi Storm 2 Winter Mountain Shoe

Don't let frozen toes keep you off your mountain bike orcross bike this winter. Lorica upper handles temperature changes, fleece lining insulates and keeps your feet dry. Neoprene cuff with Velcro® closure, bellow between the tongue and upper keeps elements and chill out, molded heel cup adds comfort and stability, three Velcro® straps for a secure fit. Accepts toe spikes. SPD® compatible. Black (BLK) Size: 40, 49 only

Buy  HERE

 

 

Click to purchase.
Shimano M540 ATB Pedal

This pedal from Shimano is designed with a mud shedding, open binding for easier cleat engagement and release. Cro-Moly axle with 8mm Allen wrench mount. Sealed bearings. Grey/silver. 350g

Buy  HERE

 


Touring Shoe and Multi Purpose Pedal

I really like the idea of a dual sided pedal (explain in previos sentence) but I do not know of one that is high quality.  I like cro mo spindal and sealed cartridge bearings.

 

 

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Diadora Bike Patrol Shoe

"Designed for public safety professionals, this shoe combines cycling performance with walking shoe comfort. Molded, rubber Diapan sole with leather/synthetic upper ensures stiff, pedaling efficiency and is flexible enough for a quick, on-foot pursuit. 5/8" height provides ankle support and padded Achilles heel collar keeps your foot in place. Lace-up closure with one Velcro strap provides a comfortable fit. Reflective accents for nighttime visibility. SPD compatible. Black (BLK). Sizes: 38 - 47. Whole sizes."

 

Buy  HERE

 

 

Click to purchase.
Lake CX120 Touring Shoe

"From training to trekking, this versatile shoe is built for the athlete on-the-go."

 

Buy  HERE

 

 
SHIMANO M424 ATB PEDAL
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SHIMANO M424 ATB PEDAL
SHIMANO M424 ATB PEDAL

This dual purpose pop-up SPD designed pedal assures an easy cleat entrance. With removable resin cage, adjustable cleat tension and cr-mo axle. 524 grams

Buy SHIMANO M424 ATB PEDAL  HERE

 

 
Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Pedal
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Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Pedal
Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Pedal

Road pedals for easy-to-walk-in SPD shoes. This pedal replaces the classic A515 with an updated look, lower profile, and lighter weight. Cro-Mo spindle, sealed bearings, and light alloy body. 315g/pair

Buy Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Pedal  HERE

 


Things to Avoid

 

Cheap bike shoes do not last ling

Bearings wear out on cheap pedals  steel sealed cartridge is prefered  Cro-Mo spindle, sealed bearings

Bike shoes fit tighter than street shoes

tou straps

Road shoes and pedals

Mountain bike racing shoe and two sided pedal mountain bike pedal.

Touring / commuting shoe and dual sided touring / commuting pedal

standard walking shoe and flat pedal (optianal toe clip)

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 
Sidi Bullet 2 Mesh Mountain Shoe
Click to purchase.
Sidi Bullet 2 Mesh Mountain Shoe
Sidi Bullet 2 Mesh Mountain Shoe

A re-designed upper for better fit, plus a new competition sole for improved traction and mud expulsion. Proprietary sole replacement system is constructed from a nylon base for the perfect balance between power transfer and weight savings. Hi-traction rubber lugs give superior grip while being user replaceable. Triple Velcro strapped closure with integrated locking teeth will not slip. The Bullet 2 gives you comfort, fit, ventilation and durability. Fit 'relievers? on tongue. Molded plastic heel cup. Toe spike compatible. Color: Black with white accents

Buy Sidi Bullet 2 Mesh Mountain Shoe  HERE

 

 

 
Diadora Transalp Mountain Shoe
Click to purchase.
Diadora Transalp Mountain Shoe
Diadora Transalp Mountain Shoe

The Transalp is rugged. The trailbiker? sole has soft sticky lugs for traction on hard or loose surfaces. The Diapan? reinforcement keeps sole stiff enough for riding, but still great for walking. The 5/8 height upper combines suede with durable woven tweed. Has lace closure with metal eyelets plus a Velcro strap. An internal heel counter provides support. Compatible with all SPD off road pedal systems. Color: Tan/Black/Orange Accents

Buy Diadora Transalp Mountain Shoe  HERE

 

 

 
Adidas Gran Corsico Touring Shoe
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Adidas Gran Corsico Touring Shoe
Adidas Gran Corsico Touring Shoe

The Gran Corisco is for the real adventurer, who looks for a classic, comfortable and sturdy shoe with high-quality. 5 point lace closure system and a large hook and loop Velcro strap to help adjust fit and keep laces secure. Padded tongue. The upper is constructed of synthetic leather and ultra-high abrasion mesh for lightweight and durability. The outsole is made of an ultimate grip rubber to provide a non-slip, comfortable and walkable sole. SPD compatible. Color: Black with silver accents.

Buy Adidas Gran Corsico Touring Shoe  HERE

 

 

 
Sidi Storm 2 Winter Mountain Shoe
Click to purchase.
Sidi Storm 2 Winter Mountain Shoe
Sidi Storm 2 Winter Mountain Shoe

Don't let frozen toes keep you off your mountain bike orcross bike this winter. Lorica upper handles temperature changes, fleece lining insulates and keeps your feet dry. Neoprene cuff with Velcro® closure, bellow between the tongue and upper keeps elements and chill out, molded heel cup adds comfort and stability, three Velcro® straps for a secure fit. Accepts toe spikes. SPD® compatible. Black (BLK) Size: 40, 49 only

Buy Sidi Storm 2 Winter Mountain Shoe  HERE

 

 

 
Shimano M540 ATB Pedal
Click to purchase.
Shimano M540 ATB Pedal
Shimano M540 ATB Pedal

This pedal from Shimano is designed with a mud shedding, open binding for easier cleat engagement and release. Cro-Moly axle with 8mm Allen wrench mount. Sealed bearings. Grey/silver. 350g

Buy Shimano M540 ATB Pedal  HERE

 

 

 
SHIMANO M424 ATB PEDAL
Click to purchase.
SHIMANO M424 ATB PEDAL
SHIMANO M424 ATB PEDAL

This dual purpose pop-up SPD designed pedal assures an easy cleat entrance. With removable resin cage, adjustable cleat tension and cr-mo axle. 524 grams

Buy SHIMANO M424 ATB PEDAL  HERE

 

 

 
Nashbar Jaws Platform Pedal
Click to purchase.
Nashbar Jaws Platform Pedal
Nashbar Jaws Platform Pedal

The Jaw?s extra wide platform with aggressive 'no slip? teeth keeps you foot exactly where you want it. Aluminum cage and body with steel axle. Includes rubber seals to help keep dirt and grime out of the bearings. 432g

Buy Nashbar Jaws Platform Pedal  HERE

 

 
Nashbar Land Cruiser Pedal
Click to purchase.
Nashbar Land Cruiser Pedal
Nashbar Land Cruiser Pedal

"Built to last with a wide contact area for the largest foot. No Slip? replaceable pins dig in and keep your foot where you want it. Sealed bearings for less maintenance and Chromoly axle for added strength. Black painted finish. Includes 6 extra pins. 562g."""

Buy Nashbar Land Cruiser Pedal  HERE

 

 

 
Shimano SD-60 Sandal
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Shimano SD-60 Sandal
Shimano SD-60 Sandal

Great for summer days while touring. Has a two hook loop and strap closure. Also a padded heel, rigid rubber sole, synthetic leather open-cut upper, and a recessed cleat mount. SPD® compatible.

Buy Shimano SD-60 Sandal  HERE

 

 

 
Lake Sandal Tour & Trail - 2005
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Lake Sandal Tour & Trail - 2005
Lake Sandal Tour & Trail - 2005

This sandal is for riders who use their bikes for touring. Of real importance to riders, who spend sometimes long days in the saddle, and needs the ability to walk about in their cleated and high-function riding shoe when they are off the bike. Molded heel counter. Plush footbed with toe-guard. Dual strap closure. Warm weather riding, path to mountain. SPD compatible. Color: Black.

Buy Lake Sandal Tour & Trail - 2005  HERE

 

 
Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Pedal
Click to purchase.
Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Pedal
Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Pedal

Road pedals for easy-to-walk-in SPD shoes. This pedal replaces the classic A515 with an updated look, lower profile, and lighter weight. Cro-Mo spindle, sealed bearings, and light alloy body. 315g/pair

Buy Shimano A520 Sport/Touring Pedal  HERE

 

 

 

Click to purchase.

 

Buy  HERE

 

 


Equipment Pages Index

Introduction
How Much to Bring and Weight
Some Advice About Advice
A Note to Perspective Sponsors and Gear Suppliers
(See more about Sponsorship Here)

START HERE for Touring Bikes and Commuting Bicycles
Custom Touring Bicycles and Bike Upgrade Buyers Guide
Bicycle Touring Frames 
The Steel Repair Myth
Steel and Aluminum Derailleur Hanger Repair
Bicycle Touring Wheels
Phil Wood: The Best Bicycle Hubs

Panniers / Bike Bags
Cargo Trailers Vs Panniers
Tires for Bike Tours
Bicycle Touring Saddles
Women's Specific Bike Touring Saddles
Brooks Leather Touring Bicycle Saddle Care and Conditioning
Bike Computer
Touring Handlebars, Bar Ends, Adjustable Stems, and Padded Grips
Kickstands
Sealed Cartridge Headsets
How to prevent flat tires
Bike Route Trails and Maps

Camping
Buying Camping Equipment
Tent and Ground Cloth
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Camp Stove
Pots and Pans
Water Filter
First Aide Kits

Clothing
Bike Touring Shorts
Helmet
Bike Shoes

Electrical
Short-wave Radio
Computer
Internet
mp3
Bicycle Touring Lighting Systems
Solar Power for Camp

Books
Packing list
Pictures of Equipment Failures
Shopping

 

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