New Shoes, New Pedals

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New shoes!


Well, these beautiful Specialized cycling shoes are technically hand-me-downs from Kristin at the Glamorous Newlywed, but they are new to me! 


As you might recall, my Shimanos bit the dust on Monday during a 60-mile bike ride.  When Kristin offered to sell me the shoes at a ridiculously low price, I jumped all over it, even though I knew I’d have to buy new pedals for my bike (it still worked out to be cheaper for me).



My old shoes had SPD cleats on them, which are heavier than the non-recessed ones on the Specialized shoes.  Actually, the whole shoe felt lighter thanks to a carbon-fiber structure.


I wrestled with the pedals for 15 minutes and then watched a YouTube video before I realized I needed a special wrench to get my pedals off.  I took the pedals and bike back to the store, and then I was good to go!


I cycled 18 miles in 1:20


All in all, I think the shoes are great.  The non-recessed style takes a little bit of time to get used to, because I can only clip in on one side of the pedals (and they spin); my old pedals let me clip in on either side.  However, I like how more of my foot is attached to the pedal via the clip.  Plus, the shoes are super cute!  :) 


Pre-ride snack of 1/2 cup raw oatmeal, some Puffins, and a Chobani pineapple.


And for dinner, I made veggie pizza with red and green peppers and shredded cheese.


The crust was a whole wheat pre-made dough from my local grocery store.  It was DELISH.


And a huge side of roasted broccoli and cauliflower.


The Husband says he feels just as drained as I do, so we’re spending the rest of the night on the couch relaxing.  Hope you have a great Friday!



  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 14, 2010, 8:59 pm

    That pizza looks SO GOOD! I’ve been craving pizza like a madwoman!

  • Evan Thomas May 14, 2010, 9:05 pm

    I used to think roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes were my favorites. But cauliflower and a little EVOO in the oven is amaaaazing

  • Matt May 14, 2010, 9:10 pm

    A night on the couch sounds good to me 🙂

  • Stacey May 14, 2010, 9:14 pm

    I have those pedals and love them! It only took about me about 30min and falling in the grass 4 times 🙂 to get the hang of them! Now I can’t imagine not having them.

  • Jessica Lee May 14, 2010, 9:15 pm

    holler for new shoes!! your pizza loooks good. very saucy, just the way i like it!

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN May 14, 2010, 9:16 pm

    There’s nothin’ like a good deal, and they’re cute to boot! 😀 Don’t you just love a new pair of shoes?! Whether their heels or biking shoes… ya gotta love ’em! 😉 Enjoy your evening on the couch with your tired hubby.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 14, 2010, 9:18 pm

    I love new to me stuff all the time. I love Play it Again Sports for stuff like that…especially when I’m trying things out.

  • ashleigh May 14, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Cute new shoes! I love homemade pizza, and it’s perfect for Friday nights!

  • Tina May 14, 2010, 9:43 pm

    I was drained today too. It was definitely a pizza and couch night for us too. Although I didn’t bike 18 miles. I guess running around, chasing after a toddler, and dealing with body adjustments wear me down enough.

    Awesome on the new shoes. They look really nice.

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner May 14, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Yay for nights on the couch!

  • jenny (green food diaries) May 14, 2010, 9:53 pm

    wow, those shoes look so intense.

  • Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) May 14, 2010, 10:20 pm

    Shiny new bike shoes! I’m breaking mine out tomorrow 🙂

  • eatingRD May 14, 2010, 10:32 pm

    yay, love them!!! They look very similar to the ones I just got and I really like how they fit/feel. I almost thought about getting the ‘lollipop’ pedals, but decided to stick with the shimanos. They are pretty solid once you get used to flipping them up then locking in. I still have to look down each time 🙂 that dough looks wonderful, have a nice, relaxing night!

  • Kate May 14, 2010, 10:59 pm

    Mm.. pizza. I need new bike shoes too- I’ve had my second hand Sidis since 2006… But you know in future you can just change the cleats, right?

    • caitlin May 15, 2010, 10:06 am

      nope, these shoes don’t support both kind of cleats, unfortunately.

  • Kate May 14, 2010, 11:00 pm

    Mm.. pizza. I need new bike shoes too- I’ve had my second hand Sidis since 2006…

  • Alycia @ FitnFresh May 14, 2010, 11:01 pm

    reading your blog makes me want to start biking! for reals

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 14, 2010, 11:04 pm

    Gotta love pizza on a Friday night. I had a big plate of Lebanese deliciousness. 😀

  • Camille May 14, 2010, 11:15 pm

    Those are some spiffy looking shoes!
    And some tasty looking pizza!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 14, 2010, 11:33 pm

    I’m glad the shoes are working out for you! Thats really great, and they are really cute 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 14, 2010, 11:39 pm

    Dinner looks great and those are cute shoes!!

  • Lisa May 15, 2010, 12:14 am

    I didn’t have enough time before my race to get shoes, pedals and then learn how to use them! But after this weekend my goal is to master it by summer’s end!

  • Claire May 15, 2010, 1:55 am

    Yay for new shoes, I am sure they will be amazing for the race! The eats look sooooo good. I really have been craving pizza/flatbread recently. Roasted veg…the way to my heart. night lady! have fun with you man

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 15, 2010, 3:16 am

    Oh youtube – it never fails to be useful!
    Do you find long bikerides go faster than long runs? (I mean subjectively, cos blates you’re actually going faster…) I find that if I go for a long walk, the time seems to go faster than if I run…it’s very weird!

    • caitlin May 15, 2010, 10:07 am

      yes runs last FOREVER.

  • Shell May 15, 2010, 7:40 am

    Hey Caitlan, love your news shoes they really are super cute!i want me some of them!!

  • Alyssa May 15, 2010, 9:07 am

    So glad a night on the couch with your husband is a fun friday for other people as well, because it is pretty much my number one choice most weeks! Thought it was just me! Hope you guys enjoyed 🙂

  • Christina May 15, 2010, 9:11 am

    I love your blog and have been reading it for awhile now. I just started my own so come check it out, I could use all the motivation possible!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 15, 2010, 9:43 am

    this is crazy i almost have the exact same of cycling shoes except mine are white and light blue!
    too funny….you are gonna love them for sure-i love mine 🙂
    off to ride my bike today in beautiful so cal 🙂

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 15, 2010, 10:16 am

    sweeet shoes! and i think i have that same work out tank from target

  • Jolene ( May 15, 2010, 10:57 am

    Those shoes are nice!!!!! Sweet hand me down!!!

  • Julia @ May 15, 2010, 11:18 am

    Caitlin, Just wondering out of curiousity – do you prefer running or cycling?



    • caitlin May 15, 2010, 1:36 pm

      that’s like trying to pick a favorite child! i can’t do it!! LOL

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 15, 2010, 11:32 am

    hurray for new shoes!!! i love new things 🙂

  • Marla May 15, 2010, 2:45 pm

    A lot of Jenna bashing is going on in ELR comments…
    and you are being mentioned by the way!
    I know you are good friends with lovely Jenna so sorry to share this with you 🙁
    Stinky energy from some people-bleh!

    • Caitlin May 15, 2010, 2:57 pm

      Yea… I saw that. I don’t approve of personal attacks like that, regardless of whether or not people are ‘disappointed’ in her (what does that even mean?!). Jenna is riding 60 miles and raised $1700 which is nothing to be disappointed about.

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 16, 2010, 11:11 am

    Curious on how you like your new shoes. My Dad’s bringing me some cleats and peadals and all I need is shoes… I’m thinking I definitely want some that are easy to walk in… Thoughts on your new pair ?

    • Caitlin May 16, 2010, 6:15 pm

      not easy to walk in! i don’t know if any cleats are comfy and i know you are technically suppose to do much walking in them (it wears them down) however, i know they have slip covers you can put on over them so you can do lots of walking in them!

  • Carolyn @ May 16, 2010, 1:24 pm

    I’ve mentioned this in the comments before, but my husband and mom are both really against me using clips for my triathlon (and training) in July. My husband and I actually argued about it. He thinks it’s too dangerous. But, I want to have every advantage. What’s your opinion about clips versus cages?

    • Caitlin May 16, 2010, 6:17 pm

      YAY! You will now win this argument. 🙂

      Cages are actually terrible because it’s a lot harder to get your foot out of a cage quickly. To remove your shoe from the clip, you just twist your ankle out, it’s a very small motion. Your foot is much more confined in a cage and can get stuck. When I’ve crashed my bike in clips, both of my feet actually pop off naturally. Clips are much safer… You aren’t “stuck” to the bike at all.

  • John May 16, 2010, 2:48 pm

    That’s interesting to read about the difference in the pedals and shoes. Something to keep in mind when I get around to getting them

  • Jamie March 6, 2015, 5:56 pm

    I know this is an old post, so I hope you still see this. I’ve read your blog the past year, because I’ve been getting into triathlons. You’ve been very helpful!

    I actually had a question… Did you ever use your SPD cleats with your old shoes during triathlon transitions? Were you ever able to walk in them on concrete? I got myself into a little bit of a mess, where the pedals & triathlon cycling shoes require the SPD cleats (2-bolt), but the cleat is not recessed into the shoe… I’m afraid it might cause me to slip while walking. Did you ever have this problem? thanks!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2015, 8:16 am

      I honestly don’t remember. I think it’s pretty easy to walk in the non-recessed ones I have now, though. 🙂 Sorry I can’t give you more info! Maybe do a few practice walks?

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