I was motivated by the Tour de France and I challenged myself to back to back 50 mile bike rides. I ended up riding for a total of 110 miles in two days and I was quite proud of myself, but my feet didn’t enjoy it. So after investigating the reasons and consulting with my cycling partner (who highly recommended I toss my shoes in the trash), I went on a quest to find the right cycling shoe for me and I wasn’t going to let cost stand in my way.
I looked at various road shoes online including, the Giro Apeckx II, Fi’zi:k R5B Uomo, and the Giro Empire ACC. However, I wasn’t comfortable enough to purchase cycling shoes online. Plus I threw my only pair in the trash and I needed a pair of shoes immediately, so I ventured to Performance Bike to see if they had the aforementioned shoes in stock and I wanted to get some feedback from the Performance Bike cycling gurus.
The Giro Empire ACC was not in the store, but the other two were available for me to try on. He also suggested the Shimano SH-RP5. After second and third guessing my decision, I went with the Fi’zi:k R5B Uomo road shoe. I understood that fit in the store wouldn’t necessarily translate to comfort while in the saddle, but it was stylish and I like what the shoe had to offer other than fit. The shoe felt very light. I like the dual retention closure which allows me to tighten the shoe as well as loosen the fit incrementally. The shoe has a fully reflective heel which provides added visibility when riding early in the mornings and late evenings.
Some other added benefits to the shoe according to Performance Bike are:
I had to make some minor adjustments to my cleats, but after a couple of rides, my feet are quite pleased with the Fi’zi:k R5B Uomo.