Vibram Five Fingers and biking

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking' started by Mikey1969, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Mikey1969

    Mikey1969 New Member

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    Has anyone tried these for biking? I hear they're great for hiking and running, and I was wondering if they are a good match for biking. I'll post a link, but here's a description: Imagine water socks with tough rubber soles made by Vibram and separate toes on the end. They aren't cheap and flimsy at all. I don't want clips or anything on my pedals, I don't like being confined that way, and I don't like people having to walk around in those shoes. The most I would get is these: Power Grips Sport Pedal Kit at REI.com
    I've used them before and they work great for what I want, and they would work with the "shoes", which are here:
    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/indexNA.htm
     
  2. Engyo

    Engyo Bent Newbie - old rider

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    Personally, I want a stiff sole when riding, which these don't have. However, I do most of my biking on the road, so a more flexible sole might work better on downhills; I just don't have enough experience there.
     

  3. chefshoes

    chefshoes New Member

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    my only concern is that your toes are kind of more exposed than normal.. not necessarily for stubbing as im sure the boot will protect it but more for twisting or being caught
     
  4. Mikey1969

    Mikey1969 New Member

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    Yeah, I was thinking about the exposed toes and the firm support for the feet, but they do have some serious support from the rubber, those were definitely the reason I was asking people's opinion because I had those same concerns...
     
  5. chefshoes

    chefshoes New Member

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    i wonder if they are on sale in the UK because i think NIKE do a similar thing but more like mittens where your big toe is separated from the rest of your foot


    just realised something this is really not the type of shoe i would recommend buying "blind" ie without trying them on..

    im definitely going to have problems because both of my 2nd toes are longer than my big toes.. which wont work...

    oh and yes they are for sale in the UK.. (google shopping answered that one)
     
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  6. Mikey1969

    Mikey1969 New Member

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    Grape Ape Younger than Hack Tavern Member

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    From what i know of them they are designed to allow your foot to act more like if you are barefoot it helps to refine your running and to bring a more natural action to your foot when running. If they allow for that then I would figure they are to flexible for riding in that if you can down on the pedal to hard it could injure you foot instead of the force being directed over the entire foot sole as in a regular shoe.
     
  8. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    They're great for walking and running, and a terrible idea for cycling.
     
  9. cbman

    cbman gnar! gnar! gnar!

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    I'd imagine they would be quite uncomfortable on mtb pedals
     
  10. Mikey1969

    Mikey1969 New Member

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    Update: REI carries them and you can try them on. They only make one toe size, which accommodates 95% of people(REI also has special sizing charts to help you figure out what size to wear, shoe size is completely different in this case.). I'm in the other 5%, so the question turns out to have been a moot one anyway, but thanks for the feedback everyone!
     
  11. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    I got some similar socks that are supposed to be awesome for running and cycling, but they don't fit my monkey toes.

    Mike, is that the year you were born?
     
  12. Mikey1969

    Mikey1969 New Member

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    1969... LOL, yeah, I'm getting close to Old Fart territory... :)
     
  13. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    You're only as old as you think you are. We're about the same age, and practically neighbors. I'm south of you, in Family City.
     
  14. nomadsanity

    nomadsanity New Member

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    I own a pair of Trek Sport Vibram shoes and have ridden my MTB out on flatland single track as well as on pavement with them. They are ok so long as they don't get wet. As soon as the soles are wet they get very slippery on pedals (my day in the mud and rain with them was "fun"). In my opinion these shoes are great for a quick jaunt on the bike but not for the long haul in the saddle. That being said, I carry these when I tour and they are great for camp shoes! They are also good for trail running, parkour, hiking, kayaking, and general day wear (the tread on the soles does wear a little fast but I bought them to wear them soooo.....):cool:
     
  15. fez_

    fez_ New Member

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    I have a couple of pairs, you can bike in them but like nomadsanity said if they get wet they are extremely slippery on the pedals. They are fine for a quick ride here and there but not for serious biking of any sort.