The shoe on the right is the new MTB shoe I bought last week for the now rescheduled Michaux Mash. The shoe on the left is the "MTB" shoe I've been using the last 4 months. If you can't tell it's a 10 year old road shoe that came free with Golden Boy when I bought him in 2004. It fit me like a sock and had all the traction of a ski. How I ran up the muddy and snowy hills of Patapsco while pushing my bike in those shoes this winter I'll never know.
Geek Out: New MTB Shoes
I bring this up because I have an odd habit of holding out on buying nice equipment as long as possible. I did this with arm warmers, booties, carbon bikes, race wheels/tires, vests, and now proper MTB shoes.
Mostly I do it because it's cheeper but it also helps me appreciate and understand the function of nice equipment a bit more once I do give in. That way I know I'm getting something I really want and need based on my preferences.
What about you? Do you go right in for the nice stuff or do you hold out a little?
Posted Wednesday, March 10, 2010