Replaced my old Record 10 with Record 11 yesterday. Not that I expected anything less, but man does it ROCK!
No, actually surprised at how light the upshifts are. I do know what you mean about the tightness. I remember my old Record being very tight at first. Also, it seems like with the old stuff, I could drop up to 4 gears at once. I can go down all 11 gears on the back with 2 pushes of the thumb lever on this.Do you have that new campy crunch/grind/tightness? I'd love to get campy, but my new sidecar-equipped mode of transport has sapped my cycling fund.
Glad to see there are actually "normal" looking alternatives coming out for the minimalist footwear. I suspect we'll get a full (and excellent) review over at Industry Outsider soon.I recommend the whole world switch to minimalist footwear. Seriously. I wore them a bit over the weekend, but it may be a while before I can actually run in them.
I have a pair that is perfectly acceptable in an office environment as well. While my wife teases me about being old, (the irony!) I think Dr. Scholl's is doing a good job of reaching a younger audience. Their Strolle are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.
Are thay wide???, my problum is EEEEE wideI understand the importance of the foot bending at the ball while walking. My job involves a lot of both bike riding and walking. I rode in sneakers/platform pedals for years to address plantar fascitis in one of my feet. Walking in stiff soled shoes definitely hurt my feet but the condition has been resolved and I'm back on clipless pedals. Knock on wood, there is a risk of re-injury.
I've had touring shoes that were designed to flex at the ball but resisted bending in the opposite direction.
One problem with clipless compatable shoes that flex is breakage. I had some early pairs designed for casual use, more dual purpose on/off the bike which were not as stiff as performance models but they broke in half. Newer clipless shoes for recreational riders seem to be much stiffer, but rocker is sometimes added to make them easier to walk in.
You should try to ride in your running shoes. I never noticed a big problem with my feet bending too much around the pedal (flexing the opposite direction) when I was riding in sneakers. You can control that with the muscles in your feet. I did use big pedals though to provide some support.
Ergon pedals might work well for you. Slap a pair of these on your bike and have a go at riding in your minimalist shoes!
Ergon pedals would look nice on Xela's 11 speed bike.