Originally Posted by jschocke
Looking for input for a project I am working on involving clipless bicycle shoes. If you see this and would be so kind to fill out the questions below (all, some, or any!), I would greatly appreciate it!
- What do you like most about your clipless bicycle shoes?
fit, ability to clip in, a sole with a recessed cleat, buckles - no velcro, no laces.
- How often and when do you find yourself walking in your clipless bicycle shoes (circle all that apply)?
A) Not very often B) Every couple rides C) Every ride D) Multiple times every ride
E) Mid-ride (break) F) Only beginning/end of ride
For my commute, only beginning and end of ride. For my MTB, multiple times every ride.
- What is one feature or function you would like added to clipless bicycling shoes?
For winter boots, easier entry and faster drying. for both summer and winter shoes, more durable soles, or easy/inexpensive sole replacement. Improved fit for wide feet.
- How much did you or would you pay for clipless bicycling shoes?
A) $0-25 B) $25-50 C) $50-$100
D) $100-$150 E) $150-$200 D) >$200
Well, I've picked up a few at sales in the $100 range, but have payed in the >$200 range as well
- Rank these clipless bicycling shoe features’ value from 1 (not important) to 5 (very important):
Ease of clipping in __
That's generally a trait of the pedal/cleat, not the shoe.
Ease of replacing cleats __
That's generally a trait of assembly care, not shoe or cleat. A dab of weak threadlock, and some hot glue to prevent the tool bit recess from getting jammed with grit and you're good for years. But possibility to replace cleat anchor insert - I'd give that a 3.
Safe to walk in __
Look, if it's safe to walk in, it probably has a recessed cleat and a reasonably non-slip heel. If it has those, then it's probably OK (from a comfort perspective) to walk shorter distances in anyhow. But yeah, safe - 5.
Comfortable while walking __
OK, chafing is bad, but actually comfy isn't needed. let's say 3
Durable (use before replacement) __
kinda depends on cost but call it a 4
2. It's more a case of not trapping too much crud, or catching on things rather than being streamlined.
Aesthetics (colors/styles) _2
Comfortable while riding_5
List others and rank:
- Have you ever had difficulty clipping in due to worn cleats? Y / N
No. It's usually the retaining capacity that goes away
- What has caused it to be difficult to clip into your pedal with clipless shoes?
snow, mud. Slipping cleats. Muscle memory needing to be reset when switching between shoes.
- Have you ever slipped and fallen or nearly fallen while wearing clipless shoes? Y/N
- How often do you replace your cleats due to wear?
The crank brothers - at least yearly. The Shimanos - maybe every 2nd year.