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Looking for advice on cycling shoes (joining the 20th century, finally). I want something tough, preferabley not $250, that blends decent peddling efficiency with the ability to hike well. The "endurance" aspect of my riding is that I always seem to end up walking a lot...(singlespeeding gives me an excuse for this).

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Looking for advice on cycling shoes (joining the 20th century, finally). I want something tough, preferabley not $250, that blends decent peddling efficiency with the ability to hike well. The "endurance" aspect of my riding is that I always seem to end up walking a lot...(singlespeeding gives me an excuse for this).

All opinions appreciated by this clueless one.
My favorite new shoe is the Shimano M181. It doesn't have a carbon sole like the more expensive 225, but it is stiff. It feels OK when doing hike-a-bike ( I single speed too). The price is reasonable and I love ratchet shoes. Durable looking around the toes, well ventilated, and a rubber sole so you won't be doing the "Sidi slide" on wet rocks. No regrets.
 

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Take a hard look at the Lake MX 165. They are plenty stiff yet have a rubber (Vibram) sole, great for hike-a-bikes. They are very secure on your feet having a lace system under three velcro straps. MSRP is around $100 but I've seen them for $60 to $70 on the net. These shoes are very well constructed and very durable. Only downfall is weight, these shoes are heavy!!! Good luck.
 

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I have a detailed write up on my DMTs with comparison to other shoes here:

http://www.ride424.com/articles/ultimax.php

I have been very happy with the DMTs. They have held up well and the price is reasonable.

Re: the Lakes with Vibram soles mentioned above - second the cmt on weight, they are like hiking shoes, I have a pair. They are either very well made or overbuilt, for me they were overbuilt & too heavy. Lake now offers shoes in a non-Vibram sole which are lighter. Overall I still vote for the DMTs but shoes are all about fit.

Cheers,
 
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