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Best minimalist shoes for casual bicycling?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 27, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Hi all! My bicycle just became my main mode of transportation, after having not ridden one for 15 years. I'll be riding 4-5 miles daily to get to and from school--uphill on the way home.

I had my heart set on a pair of Vibram five fingers for back-to-school, and I'm wondering if a particular model will be better suited to this task? Or, should I opt for another type of shoe altogether?

B6729a6379ad1d5e0a682aa7b3365030

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on August 30, 2011
at 06:56 AM

Thanks for your input everyone! Looks like I'll but Vibrams on the back burner for now. Cheers!

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 28, 2011
at 12:44 AM

yeesh. yeah i ate it once from a standing chain-slip crossing a downtown intersection. messed up my elbow. mostly i don't stand though; i (quaintly) use gears. also i don't ride fast (i'm not in it for the workout) and sandals don't happen very often.

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

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on August 27, 2011
at 09:48 PM

If you are standing up pedaling and your chain skips while you are wearing sandals, you will not be able to wear shoes for awhile... I speak from experience. Ripped the flesh off the top of all my toes.

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on August 27, 2011
at 09:46 PM

I am a mountain biker and use clipless on the trails. I used to use them to commute as well but one day I left my flat pedals on the bike. I got hit by an SUV on the way home that day and if I had been clipped-in I would have ended up under the car instead of riding on the hood... I don't commute clipless anymore. That said, 5.10 makes great basic shoes with lots of grip and enough support to not kill your feet (I am a barefoot runner btw).

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on August 27, 2011
at 11:38 AM

Uphill sprints are a great workout, really brutal, its not very paleo, but i think its fun. Especially with clipless pedals, going uphill with good shoes uses more muscle groups than just mashing with flat pedals.

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on August 27, 2011
at 11:27 AM

I clip in with Sidi shoes. I've used Chrome as an option, clip alternatives on the bottom, they took a bit of breaking in but they're cool and look good: http://www.chromebagsstore.com/shoes.html I also toss a pair of shoes into my messenger bag if I'm going out or into a cute across body tote. I live in NY, we always have options on us :) Just promise that you will neverever wear flip flops or anything open toed! Seen too many scraped toesies. Eesh :)

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on August 27, 2011
at 08:06 AM

I run too many errands to be stuck in biking shoes. I swear by these things: http://www.rei.com/product/788129/power-grips-sport-pedal-kit?cm_mmc=cse_froogle-_-datafeed-_-product-_-788129&mr:trackingCode=7E44B1FE-FB85-DE11-B7F3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA

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on August 27, 2011
at 07:06 AM

as a long time cyclist, I was chomping at the bit once I saw this question. However, Jan, answered it perfectly. If you want some Vibrams or Merrells or NBs for running, great. But those are running shoes. You want sysling shoes, so get cycling shoes, that you can also walk in.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:53 AM

I am aware that this are not minimalist, but it makes cycling much more fun, and especially its so nice to sprint with clipless pedals when your feet stay put and not afraid of slipping from pedals.

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B1c65edef6f7f9379c7a9272e30586da

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on August 27, 2011
at 07:18 AM

Vans slip-ons, pedals with straps and cages. A casual cyclist has no need of specialized gear.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:51 AM

Buy clipless pedals and cycling shoes. Its about the best cycling innovation in past 100 years. Makes cycling much more efficient and less stressful. My two (Euro) cents.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on August 27, 2011
at 08:06 AM

I run too many errands to be stuck in biking shoes. I swear by these things: http://www.rei.com/product/788129/power-grips-sport-pedal-kit?cm_mmc=cse_froogle-_-datafeed-_-product-_-788129&mr:trackingCode=7E44B1FE-FB85-DE11-B7F3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on August 27, 2011
at 04:53 AM

I am aware that this are not minimalist, but it makes cycling much more fun, and especially its so nice to sprint with clipless pedals when your feet stay put and not afraid of slipping from pedals.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 27, 2011
at 11:27 AM

I clip in with Sidi shoes. I've used Chrome as an option, clip alternatives on the bottom, they took a bit of breaking in but they're cool and look good: http://www.chromebagsstore.com/shoes.html I also toss a pair of shoes into my messenger bag if I'm going out or into a cute across body tote. I live in NY, we always have options on us :) Just promise that you will neverever wear flip flops or anything open toed! Seen too many scraped toesies. Eesh :)

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

(1457)

on August 27, 2011
at 09:46 PM

I am a mountain biker and use clipless on the trails. I used to use them to commute as well but one day I left my flat pedals on the bike. I got hit by an SUV on the way home that day and if I had been clipped-in I would have ended up under the car instead of riding on the hood... I don't commute clipless anymore. That said, 5.10 makes great basic shoes with lots of grip and enough support to not kill your feet (I am a barefoot runner btw).

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

(4286)

on August 27, 2011
at 07:06 AM

as a long time cyclist, I was chomping at the bit once I saw this question. However, Jan, answered it perfectly. If you want some Vibrams or Merrells or NBs for running, great. But those are running shoes. You want sysling shoes, so get cycling shoes, that you can also walk in.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on August 27, 2011
at 11:38 AM

Uphill sprints are a great workout, really brutal, its not very paleo, but i think its fun. Especially with clipless pedals, going uphill with good shoes uses more muscle groups than just mashing with flat pedals.

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351cbf133b44fb7a1b90781e148d28d7

on August 27, 2011
at 11:57 AM

If you're only riding back and forth to school, do you really need to spend that much money on shoes? I mean, you really don't need a special pair of kicks just to commute on a bike. A generic pair of canvas sneakers should do you just fine, and will save you quite a bit of dough.

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B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on August 27, 2011
at 06:02 PM

Sanuks with the insole taken out (they come with removable insole)

http://www.sanuk.com/womens-sidewalk-surfers

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 27, 2011
at 05:09 PM

my bike is my only mode of transport. i ride my bike everyday, everywhere i go, in all seasons.* and i just wear whatever shoes i have on, including sandals, heels etc... i don't wear athletic shoes at all (ever), unless you count canvas.

if you like VFFs, go for it; but don't buy them just for the bike ride.

*except rain. i don't do rain.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 28, 2011
at 12:44 AM

yeesh. yeah i ate it once from a standing chain-slip crossing a downtown intersection. messed up my elbow. mostly i don't stand though; i (quaintly) use gears. also i don't ride fast (i'm not in it for the workout) and sandals don't happen very often.

5b69a02dadcae753771921d913909215

(1457)

on August 27, 2011
at 09:48 PM

If you are standing up pedaling and your chain skips while you are wearing sandals, you will not be able to wear shoes for awhile... I speak from experience. Ripped the flesh off the top of all my toes.

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