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So i've returned to the road after a longish(nine years?) layoff and am having
a pretty good time building my strength and endurance back up. I've been
riding during my lunch hour almost every day for the past month or so.
Last week i noticed that the liners in my shimano shoes starting to peel away.
I gave my wife's used-about-five-times-for-spinning Looks a try, but they made
my toes numb(my wife and i have similarly sized feet, depending on the shoe)

based on some of the rbr reviews for shoes, i tried on the following:
shimano r151, r130
sidi genius 4, 5
specialized BG pro carbon, carbon comp, comp
nike poggio, lance

i've got relatively narrow feet with average-to-flat arches.
that unfortunately leaves out the following:
carnac, dmt, northwave.
i've tried most of these in the past and they're all too wide for me.

brands i haven't enough info about are adidas, vittoria, lake, diadora, answer.
i haven't tried any of these recently(more than 10-15 years.) i had lake
shoes many, many years ago(more than 15)

now for the test report:
the shimano's were fine in the heel but wide in the toe box, the sidi's just felt weird,
the specialized were either too big or too smal( i'm ~41.5L, 41.75R) but the poggio's
and lance felt like my running shoes. i'm really liking the buckles despite the weight
penalty. the nikes appear to be pretty narrow front-to-back which suits my feet
very well. hopefully the last is similar between models. for those who are OK
with just velcro straps, the poggios are incredibly light and nicely snug fitting.

since i'm a cheap bastard, the lance's are right out at $300+, so i've ordered the
Altea II+ which are new this season by the addition of the buckles which i prefer.
i'll post a report after i get them. hopefully they'll fit as well as the poggios...
one great thing about my LBS is they carry the Spesh BG foot beds; if i still
need to i can always add those to improve the fit.
 

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OK. so the first day out in these shoes, they seem pretty good, aren't too
tight or too loose, the buckles work great, and power transfer seems very
good too. for those of you who ride in Griffith Park(in Los Angeles) you know
the hill behind Travel Town - i hauled myself up there today and my feet felt
great at the top, no numb toes, no pinching. i think the only change i might
make is a set of Specialized BG foot beds with the wedges to accomodate
my slightly smaller and more pronate-prone left foot.

ride summary for today:
11.8 miles, no problems. happy so far.

cwg_at_opc said:
So i've returned to the road after a longish(nine years?) layoff and am having
a pretty good time building my strength and endurance back up. I've been
riding during my lunch hour almost every day for the past month or so.
Last week i noticed that the liners in my shimano shoes starting to peel away.
I gave my wife's used-about-five-times-for-spinning Looks a try, but they made
my toes numb(my wife and i have similarly sized feet, depending on the shoe)

based on some of the rbr reviews for shoes, i tried on the following:
shimano r151, r130
sidi genius 4, 5
specialized BG pro carbon, carbon comp, comp
nike poggio, lance

i've got relatively narrow feet with average-to-flat arches.
that unfortunately leaves out the following:
carnac, dmt, northwave.
i've tried most of these in the past and they're all too wide for me.

brands i haven't enough info about are adidas, vittoria, lake, diadora, answer.
i haven't tried any of these recently(more than 10-15 years.) i had lake
shoes many, many years ago(more than 15)

now for the test report:
the shimano's were fine in the heel but wide in the toe box, the sidi's just felt weird,
the specialized were either too big or too smal( i'm ~41.5L, 41.75R) but the poggio's
and lance felt like my running shoes. i'm really liking the buckles despite the weight
penalty. the nikes appear to be pretty narrow front-to-back which suits my feet
very well. hopefully the last is similar between models. for those who are OK
with just velcro straps, the poggios are incredibly light and nicely snug fitting.

since i'm a cheap bastard, the lance's are right out at $300+, so i've ordered the
Altea II+ which are new this season by the addition of the buckles which i prefer.
i'll post a report after i get them. hopefully they'll fit as well as the poggios...
one great thing about my LBS is they carry the Spesh BG foot beds; if i still
need to i can always add those to improve the fit.
 

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day 2 follow-up

with apologies to those of you where the temperatures are
not, shall we say, cooperative...

another great day in SoCal(Burbank) temp is 70, light winds.

these shoes are great; no hot spots, no numb toes, light weight.
made it to the top of the hill in a little less time than yesterday,
(this is the point where the road branches up towards the new
DWP water tower) energy transfer is very good - soles are
quite stiff. all in all, i think they're a great value for $169.

here's a couple pics: the buckle works well; the sole is a carbon
composite, not sure if it's full fibers or chopped, the braided/woven
look can be deceiving...
 

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tongue

oh yeah, i forgot to mention the tongue: it's sewn along the instep
on the inboard side(medial?) so it won't slip to the outside as on a
normally attached tongue(attached near the toe.) if you have
pronation problems like me, you know what i mean; the tongue ends up
tilted over towards the outside edge of your foot(lateral?) and is
basically uselss for padding against the straps, laces or buckles.
on this shoe, all is good with the tongue.


cwg_at_opc said:
with apologies to those of you where the temperatures are
not, shall we say, cooperative...

another great day in SoCal(Burbank) temp is 70, light winds.

these shoes are great; no hot spots, no numb toes, light weight.
made it to the top of the hill in a little less time than yesterday,
(this is the point where the road branches up towards the new
DWP water tower) energy transfer is very good - soles are
quite stiff. all in all, i think they're a great value for $169.

here's a couple pics: the buckle works well; the sole is a carbon
composite, not sure if it's full fibers or chopped, the braided/woven
look can be deceiving...
 

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Glad you like them. They look nice, and I like the part about the sewn-in tongue.
 
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