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Need some mountain biking gearing help

Need some help with shoes choices. Aiming at shimano boots but have no info as to comfort, durability, etc. Any suggestions?
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I suggest Sidi. They rock. And I've had mine for a decade now.
Do they make some for mountain biking as well?
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Even some other Sport brands will also help but it is bit expensive, you will find all you want.
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just search e-bay for some lightly used spd shoes, i found a pair by 661 and a nice shimano set for cheap to replace my old shimanos that were falling apart, SIDI's are the best but you'll pay for it
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I've had a pair of these for a couple of years and like them.
http://www.jensonusa.com/Mountain-Bi...MT52-MTB-Shoes

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I was also wondering if it's good to have SPD shoes in the woods or it would rather be a problem with them? What terrain would SPD normally be used on and what kind of riding style they would make a more appropriate choice?
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You have all sorts of crazy mixed up questions here. Your cleats and pedals work together, and they attach to whatever shoes are made to accept cleats. SPD is Shimano's brand name and can mean pedals/cleats or shoes. In the woods you want whatever mountain biking shoes you decide on. For pedals/cleats, whatever you decide on for the type of riding you are going to be doing. You can go with SPD pedals or Crank Brothers pedals (what I prefer) or whatever.

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also it's important to note that SPDs were designed for mountain biking, they were the first recessed cleat to make it easier to walk/hike on. Now there are others that make recessed cleat designs but yes, they would be good for mountain biking

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I was also wondering if it's good to have SPD shoes in the woods or it would rather be a problem with them? What terrain would SPD normally be used on and what kind of riding style they would make a more appropriate choice?
spd's work everywhere, but i assume you have no experiance with these due to your questions, in that case you;ll fall over while clipped in several times and get frustrated and go back to flats and chucks
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After spending this whole season on clipless pedals/shoes I switched back to flat pedals and skate shoes last month and I'm loving it so far. I never felt totally comfortable when clipped in. My opinion may change the first time I slip off a pedal and rip my shin open though .
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spd's work everywhere, but i assume you have no experiance with these due to your questions, in that case you;ll fall over while clipped in several times and get frustrated and go back to flats and chucks
You're totally right. I do not have any experience with these ... but after all, that's why I ask
In any case to avoid looking unappreciative and arrogant I want to thank for all current and future feedbacks.

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i love spd's for everything but jumping, sometimes pop out on takeoff and then yer screwed for the landing, flats and skate shoes work best there
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i love spd's for everything but jumping, sometimes pop out on takeoff and then yer screwed for the landing, flats and skate shoes work best there
You start making me think I made the right choice initially by staying away from them what would you recommend out of flats and skate shoes?
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All of this talk depends on whether you want to go fast or not. Clipped in allows 100% use of the pedal stroke, versus less than half when using flats. If you don't care about going fast and you plan on crashing a lot, then flats are for you. If you want to go fast, you HAVE to use clipless pedals. They take a few rides to get used to them, but once you get it, there is no turning back.

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All of this talk depends on whether you want to go fast or not. Clipped in allows 100% use of the pedal stroke, versus less than half when using flats. If you don't care about going fast and you plan on crashing a lot, then flats are for you. If you want to go fast, you HAVE to use clipless pedals. They take a few rides to get used to them, but once you get it, there is no turning back.
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any good bmx pedal, the old shimano DX or any of the clones
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any good bmx pedal, the old shimano DX or any of the clones
That's pretty much what I have right now.

Judging by what you guys say I might stick with flats for now. I'm mostly on the gravel paved tail with a trailer behind me, so no fast riding by definition. It's more of a resistance training at that point. Another environment would be something like Kettle Moraine state forest trails- not much of a race track either. Rather higher possibility of crashing.

Again, thank you guys for the input. Till next question

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After spending this whole season on clipless pedals/shoes I switched back to flat pedals and skate shoes last month and I'm loving it so far. I never felt totally comfortable when clipped in. My opinion may change the first time I slip off a pedal and rip my shin open though .
I have this cool scar pattern that matches the allen screws in my flat pedals on my right shin

I wear shin guards not for the crash but for protection from my flat pedals

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After spending this whole season on clipless pedals/shoes I switched back to flat pedals and skate shoes last month and I'm loving it so far. I never felt totally comfortable when clipped in. My opinion may change the first time I slip off a pedal and rip my shin open though .
I have this cool scar pattern that matches the allen screws in my flat pedals on my right shin

I wear shin guards not for the crash but for protection from my pedals

I use flats for the dirt jump tracks and spds for road and mtb riding

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