I popped into the local bike shop and got talked into a reduced price pair of Bontager road shoes at £45 – I’ve never been happy with them. So I’ve been building up to sorting that out and settled on some Shimano RP9 shoes. Now they retail for a heck of a lot (£219) so I was humming and hah’ing…. the next cheapest model was £169 etc etc. Then I saw the RP9s on Wiggle at £165 so ordered straight away…. fifty quid off!!
Sizing of bike shoes is really tricky – and Shimano famously need you to go “up a size” so being a size 47 I ordered 48 (largest size I could find, actually). They just about fit so I think we’ll be OK. My Shimano Winter Boots are 48s too.
I wrote a while ago on the subject of weight – pedals, cleats and shoes. Read that article by clicking here. They are part of the bike really and it’s interesting (i) how much weight there is (ii) how little focus we all have on it.
To my amazement, I just saved 300gms !!!!! How much would you spend to save that in a frame, or wheels. Plus, I guess it is rotational mass which when accelerating you multiply the effect by three – or something like that to do with gyroscopic forces. Or was it centripetal force? I forget.
The new shoes weigh 275gms each, so 550gms the pair. The old Bontrager shoes weigh 850gms.
Getting the cleats transferred was a bit tricky (I have wedges) and they sit pretty much at the end of the adjustment range in some ways. Anyway – they feel fine, and I have transferred my higher profile Giro insoles too.
So went out in the forest behind Knole to do my baby route – just 7 miles. Also this was the first day in three months on the bike without painkillers and anti-inflammatories…. wasn’t totally comfortable actually in terms of pain, but the ride stats seem quite quick. Interesting….
I have a timed piece of the route – just deleting the traffic jams at the start and end. I call it “Sprint” on Strava – but that came out as my second quickest ever – 14.9mph. It’s not far in terms of miles, but I’m still pleased, and I didn’t feel I was pushing it.