♫ Some might say that I'm a loner ♫ [BOA clicking] ♫ But I just call it being free ♫ [static] So my plan for this week's video was actually something totally different but the weather was not really on my side [raining] So I thought what the hell let's just squeeze in this one instead.
So this is kind of part of my Panic buying series that I started in the last video and as you might know if you follow me on Instagram I'm kind of obsessed with cycling shoes.
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I have one pair of normal sneakers and I couldn't care less about that but when it comes to cycling shoes I would argue that I have a healthy obsession [BOAs clicking] If I had the means I would probably buy a new pair of cycling shoes every month Luckily, my wallet doesn't really agree with that idea But, when all this mess hit the fan, I convinced myself to order these shoes.
I mean Just in case.
You know? No? No one? So, I did a couple of stupid things here that I thought I could share with the world Because, yeah Why not share some stupid stuff for once? Number one: I broke my own rule of never getting another pair of road shoes.
That was a stupid rule to begin with.
I mean road shoes look so much nicer than mountain bike shoes in my own weird opinion That is, of course, function over form.
It's not really in my vocabulary Stupid thing number two: I ordered shoes online from a brand I haven't had before and without even trying them on on my feet first even I know that's a really dumb idea but the heart wants what the heart wants Also to you brands out there that keep insisting on geo-blocking your products in different territories if you insist on doing that for the love of God please make sure to actually sell that model in that territory where you geo-block stuff.
Thank you Planet Express for being my online shopping VPN Stupid thing number three: to justify stupid thing number one buy sketchy adapters that I already probably suspect that wouldn't be a very good idea and that in the end makes you abandon that rule you had about no more road pedals.
[sigh] The shoes I fell in love with were these Pearl Izumi.
what are they called now? Pro Road version five road shoes their top of the line model And like I said They don't even sell this in Japan for whatever reason so I had to go through all those hoops to get my hands on these and I actually think the white version is even nicer but having this knitted material in the upper ehh yeah I'm just one downpour away from ruining those shoes in white so I decided to go for this pink or I think that they call it atomic red instead and I gotta say I still really dig them I never thought I would go for a Pearl Izumi shoe to be honest I never really looked at their shoes before and thought ooo that is nice But I don't know if they got a new designer for this shoe But, in my eyes, I think they hit a jackpot in terms of design for sure Probably not to everyone's taste many people had questioned my taste in the past Every one of them has been wrong so I only had about 200k on these shoes indoors and I don't like to call my videos reviews anyway but just to leave some kind of reference information about these let's start with the important part: the weight knitted upper and really lightweight, skeleton-like carbon sole Top of the range price they came in at the respectable 262 grams and 263 grams per shoe Comparing that to my old Giro Empire SLX at 234 grams per shoe so they are a bit heavier but the Giros are laces.
So I'm pretty happy with that weight For reference, my Shimano RX8 gravel shoes which are just about the lightest gravel/SPD shoes out there they come in at 320 grams so there's always a bit of weight penalty on those non-road offerings So I got these in size 45 same as all my Shimano shoes and I can say that lengthwise The size is pretty much the same as Shimano the toe box is also in the same kind of wide family Definitely wider than Giro or Sidi but about the same as Shimano you would think that this knitted upper would be really stretchy but this part is actually super stiff and the instep or the wrist area I guess you call it in step is really, REALLY tight when I first put it on, I almost couldn't get my foot in the shoe and I can actually ride with these without even tightening down the BOAs they're so goddamn tight in the the in step part and the first ride actually got some hot spot pressure points on the inside here Which has kind of gone away now with a few rides in but if you have a really high wrist or in step These might be a bit too tight actually so definitely try to give this a test fit before you buy Which is what you should do anyway and don't do like me and buy them blind.
So as I mentioned before to justify going back to a road shoe I.
stupidly got these three bolt to two bolt SPD adapters And just reading online on all the amazon reviews I kind of expected this wouldn't be a very good idea Because people there were complaining about the tread just falling off after some light walking So I didn't have high hopes But since there are pretty damn cheap (about 10 or 15 bucks US, I think) my curiosity got the better of me But hopefully this information might help someone else looking at these So my main concerns were the durability, the added extra weight, of course, and the extra stack height that will come with having an adapter between the sole and the cleat.
as far as durability, I've only ridden these inside like I said they look like new, still, not a surprise there.
I haven't been walking in him that much but reading all other reviews about these I'm not very hopeful that these would last very long especially outside And if you're on some rough gravel roads and stuff like that Well.
I guess they'd work in a pinch, but yeah I wouldn't I wouldn't bet money on these holding up super super good.
The weight is 66 grams for the set with bolts and then add 50 grams for the cleats But this was not as bad as I thought actually I could live with this if I had to putting them on is pretty simple Just remember to use the cleat bolts that's included with adapters and not the bolts that come with the cleats as those will be too long.
Interestingly enough, the stack height turned out not to be a real issue either.
I have no good method to actually accurately measure this Like from the pedal to my foot but these shoes having a relatively thin sole with the adapters on I couldn't really feel a difference To my RX8s when having one shoe on each foot at the same time.
I tried to get a reference clip here Trying to point to the same part of the ball on my foot But I realized this is probably not a good way to illustrate this and it's only relevant to this particular shoe however I quickly learned about a few other issues that I had not really thought about before getting these adapters.
First of all, I can't get the cleat as far back as I want I'm one of those guys that really like to slam my cleats in the back and I'm missing about five millimeters in terms of cleat position compared to my RX8 so that might be an issue if you're like me.
Otherwise probably not an issue.
They also feel a bit wobbly on the pedals compared to my RX8s It's not really a surprise when you have an extra interface between the sole and the cleat.
Something is bound to be a bit more unstable It's not night and day but I can definitely feel that wiggle a bit more compared to my RX8s especially indoors on a static bike but the biggest issue with these cleats is actually something that really surprised me and That it's not at all easy to walk in as I thought it would be I wasn't really expecting them to be as good as a proper mountain bike shoe But the first time I stepped off the bike off the trainer, I almost twisted my ankle because the shoe Just kind of gave out underneath me and I don't know if it's specific to this shoe, the balance of it or something But yeah, it's super easy to twist your ankle in these so yeah I wouldn't want to walk with this outside for any longer period of time definitely not any hike-a-bike adventures That's for sure.
So as probably most of you already guessed These adapters are probably not the best idea at least for me but since I bought this through my shopping VPN trying to return these would be more headache than it's worth So it was a perfect reason for me to continue panic buying stuff and I picked up a pair of Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 road pedals these pedals don't really need any introduction if you want any kind of set-and-forget pedals either on-road or off-road Shimano is always a safe bet and I say this as a huge Shimano fanboy, of course But it's a nice change from my old Speedplay pedals that required a lot of maintenance to keep spinning smoothly I have to admit, though, riding these Dura-Ace pedals indoors on a static home trainer It's kind of the first time I actually really could appreciate the bigger platform that road pedals provide Compared to mountain bike pedals When I ride outside, I pretty much go for that low intensity long endurance rides and not going to crazy apart from a few climbs here and there but inside on those Zwift races you go nuts Well as nuts as my weak legs can take me but I can definitely see the merit of having proper road pedals when you ride indoors so the plan in the future is to swap pedals depending on what kind of rides I plan on doing if we ever get to ride outside again But just because we can let's take a little step down that weight weenie rabbit hole again since going to these road pedals That means I will actually save a few more grams and now I also have quite a few pedals to choose from So I thought it would be interesting to do a little bit of a weight comparison and see how these Dura-Ace pedals stack up So the Dura-Ace pedals are 234 grams for the pair but what I found quite interesting is the system weight and by that I mean including cleats and hardware adding that into the mix the Dura-Ace pedal system weight ends up at 304 grams on my scale what I was most curious about was my old Speedplay pedals They are definitely lighter than the Dura-Ace at 210 grams I should point out that this has been modded with aftermarket titanium spindles but if we add the cleats and the 3-bolt adapters into the system They actually end up weighing 350 grams So you could argue that I saved 45 grams over my Speedplay setup And yes, that is what I will argue Scooooore Just for fun the system weight on my Xpedo M-Force 8 Titanium pedals is 278 grams so that's actually the lightest option I have right now but I already ranted about the problems I have with these pedals So I don't really see me using them much For reference my Shimano XTR pedals comes in at the heaviest of the bunch at 370 grams for the system weight.
So there I managed to squeeze in some weight weenie stuff as well Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there Fingers crossed that we will soon be able to ride outside again without any concern until then Zwift is definitely a good way to keep those pedals turning and those pedals will be road pedals like the flip-flopper I am As I said in many other videos never listen to me and follow my advice really anyway so yeah hm Stupid Stupid If you found this moderately interesting or helpful in any way feel free to leave a Like it's always appreciated and Subscribe if you want more of this gibberish and bike nerdery and if you do I will catch you in the next one PEACE! [static] But it's a nice change of pace compared to my old road speed pay pledals but it's a nice pace But it's a nice change of pace compared to my old speed pay paledals [tongue wagging] Compared to my old speed pay pledals [chuckling] SPEED PLAY PEDALS [sipping] [sipping] ahh.