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Old 12-31-2013, 12:59 AM   #661
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I have clip clop shoes for the road bike. It's a hard carbon fiber sole with a few hard rubber bits at the toe and heel. Great to ride in, crappy to walk in. I bought Kool Kovers for the cleats to try to help them last longer. But walking any distance in them is not pleasant.

I have an older version of this shoe for my mtb. Mtb shoes have decent sized tread lugs on the edges of the sole because there's a lot more hike-a-bike in mtb, and it's often over rough terrain. But it's still a very stiff shoe. The cleat also sticks out from the sole a little more than the tread lugs do. While it's not nearly like the roadie shoe, it's noticeable. I assume this is to allow the cleat to engage the pedal correctly. When I walk on my hard wood floors or on smooth concrete, I can hear the metal cleat click-clicking or crunching into the ground.

Shimano is promoting this new Click'R line of pedals and shoes. They claim the shoes are comfy for walking, so maybe they have the cleat more recessed into the tread.

The cleats are only one issue. The other items are the stiffness of the shoe, and it's ventilation. If you're riding clipless, the mfgs assume that you want lots of power transfer into the pedal, and you have to have a really stiff sole for that. Once the sole is stiffened up, the shoe gets uncomfortable to walk in, regardless of the cleat. Also, cycling shoes are usually pretty heavily ventilated because they're expecting you to be sweating a lot. That much venting is probably a little weird on walkin' around shoes.

Not sure if any of this info helps?
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:49 PM   #662
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My fixie snakeskin bike, she is done...

This is not a vinyl wrap. This is not a paint job. This is embedded in the powder coating.







You're jealous. I can tell.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:16 PM   #663
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:04 PM   #664
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My fixie snakeskin bike, she is done...

This is not a vinyl wrap. This is not a paint job. This is embedded in the powder coating.


You're jealous. I can tell.
lol.





but seriously, I'm a fan of the whole super-secret powdercoating thing.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:43 PM   #665
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Get some BMX pedals on that thing and thank me later.

Here's what I use. Cheap and sealed.

http://www.danscomp.com/products-PAR..._(Sealed).html
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I don't think anyone is jealous of your single speed and its bargain parts.

Powder coating process is interesting though.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:09 AM   #667
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It's more for show (literally... designed and destined to be a trade-show prop) and less for riding. Premium 3rd party parts would be wasted here. But I will put some miles on it in the shop.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:51 AM   #668
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Nice work on the paint job.

Since it's for show, I'd suggest you go the extra mile and color the components as well.

The black cable housings and bottle holder stand out as odd....either paint them to match, or get new ones that compliment the paint scheme. Same goes for the chainring and cranks.

You can also purchase different color saddles and bar tape. The wheels can be painted as well.
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pretty sure he was being facetious
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The black cable housings and bottle holder stand out as odd....either paint them to match, or get new ones that compliment the paint scheme. Same goes for the chainring and cranks.

You can also purchase different color saddles and bar tape. The wheels can be painted as well.
I was thinking the same thing, but having a hard time pinning down exactly what it was. I'm still not sure what you could use to go with it, but it definitely needs more contrast. I want to say lime green might actually look good as long as there isn't too much of it. White could work too, especially on the saddle.
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pretty sure he was being facetious
Yeah I was many rye whiskeys in last night , I was 50/50 on it then too. My bad joeski3d

If its a trade show piece I'd paint as many different parts as possible, show more variety in technique and possible options. Doesn't really have to match , just show what your able to do.
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Yeah I was many rye whiskeys in last night , I was 50/50 on it then too. My bad joeski3d

If its a trade show piece I'd paint as many different parts as possible, show more variety in technique and possible options. Doesn't really have to match , just show what your able to do.
Anything can be painted. The process I use requires powder coating. Some of which can be done. The kickstand, chainring, cranks, etc... those parts should work. But it requires some prep work that we would have to outsource.

This was my freshman effort. If we do another one I plan to make it look like it was grown or made from tree branches. Complete with moss, woodpecker holes, marching ants and perhaps the logo carved in with a pocket knife.
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I did it...I've gone and done went clipless...went with a530 pedals and m088 shoes from Shimano. Now thanks to amazon prime's free 2 day shipping it will come in right on time for the weekend
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Don't use your hand to break the fall, land flat on the shoulder.
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I plan to go to my LBS to have the do the fitting and get a good practice session in on their trainer stand so they can adjust the pedal as well as let me get used to it more.
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absolutely, but that's solid advice, everyone falls riding clipless.

you come rolling to a stop and you cant get your foot unclipped. I can't tell you how many times I've ridden and been fine, but I know I've fallen 4 times.
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thanks for the tip

It's like riding a motorcycle eventually you will have a fall you just try your best to avoid it and minimize the damage

Any fanatics up for a ride this sunday? Who knows you might get to see me fall and get that out of the way
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