Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A new shot.....

Kerkove at the shop tonight. "The stress is getting to me"

We all know how important the shoe is to the cycling experience. They can make your ride totally enjoyable or totally miserable.

I have worn many different shoes over the years but never found the "perfect" shoe for my moderately wide, high arched foot. Some shoes worked better for me than others but I was still looking for that "perfect" shoe.

I own a pair of "special limited edition" Northwave shoes that are still sitting in their wooden box and are taken out to be looked at from time to time but I can never quite bring myself to clip them into a pair of pedals and buggar them up. They fit like a glove and are well made so I started looking for a pair of new Northwave road shoes to keep my feet happy. After some research I had decided that I wanted to try their Aerators, since that is what I use for my mtb shoe, so I started my search. I found the new road shoes at The Cycle Loft in Boston. The people that I dealt with on the phone were knowledgeable, helpful, and professional which made it a totally positive experience. Their response to my initial email was almost instant. (They even asked if I'd worn Northwave shoes in the past because they size their shoes a little bit different than most other shoe manufacturers. IE: if you normally wear a 43 in other brands and you order a 43 Northwave, you'll probably be disappointed. You'll want a 42 or 42.5) The price was right and they shipped them quick! They arrived yesterday and I knew as soon as I opened the box that they would do what I want them to do. The toe box is noticably wider than most cycling shoes and there is plenty of adjustment to accomodate high arches. The super stiff carbon sole and cork footbed should help eliminate any "hot spots". I tried them on right away and they felt like they were custom made for my foot! Thanks guys!
Jackal is going to use some of his newly acquired knowledge regarding the fitting of people to bicycles to help me position the cleats just right. (He and Kerkove have both been "professionally fitted" in the last couple of weeks and both say that the difference is immediate and noticable.) I'm looking forward to riding in them!

That's it for now.

Ride safe.

Peace out, yo!


Blogger Chris said...

Blue - I have tried 3 brands now and have decided that I like Shimano the best for my foot. They are a bit roomier and work well with my low arch. I had a pair of Diadora that sucked. My Time mtb shoes are marginal at best.

8:49 PM  
Blogger All3Sports said...

Ummmm, those are white. I know know a guy that wears white cycling shorts. Is that the next step?

9:16 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

nope, no white shorts. the skid marks would show through....

peace out, yo!

9:32 PM  
Blogger bryan said...

I think I have a different perspective on the shoes thing. Especially the limited edition ones. I used to be all sentimental about stuff like that. But here's what I say:

They're sweet shoes. Use 'em. They don't do you any good in the box. Because, really, they're just shoes.

Then again, I used Armor All on my baseball glove to keep it shiny and spotless.

12:17 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

you're right bryan, they're just shoes. but they're red, white, and blue american flag shoes, and they are sooooooooo sweet! jackal says i should just wear them too. after all, they're just shoes.

i armour all-ed my goalie pads and waxed my goalie helmet. (shhhhhhh......)

peace out, yo!

5:25 AM  
Blogger Jeff Kerkove said...

White cycling shoes are sweet....for the road. Very Euro....and very "pro." It will look very sharp coming down the road at a 45 mph sprint.

And who the hell sticks their fingers in their nose?

6:59 AM  
Blogger shOna said...

colour matters

and i stick my fingers up my nose..along with jelly beans which i shoot at people...amoung other things.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Guitar Ted said...

Blue: Sweet shoes! I agree, if the feet are not happy, nothing else will be either!

And wear those red, white, and blue Northwaves, for crying out loud!

6:27 PM  
Blogger a.lo said...

it's good to see nothing has changed at the shop since i've left.

10:13 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

some things never change. it's the way it is. :)

peace out, yo!

11:52 PM  

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