Time Tested: Indestructible SIDI Road Shoes
Working in the cycling industry gives me a lot of access to test new product and while I’m as smitten with shiny stuff as the next gear-junkie, I’m most impressed by the pieces that just refuse to die.
Unfortunately for Sal, who would very much love to have a reason to buy a new, sparkly pair of cycling shoes, these ancient SIDI road shoes fall into that category.
Purchased in 2002, they have endured over 37,500 miles of use. These are the shoes that he still wears every day for road riding. The ratchets are original and in perfect working order. He has replaced the heel twice. The soft leather has conformed to his feet so perfectly that they look like well-worn climbing shoes when viewed from above.
My first Sidis, purchased around the same time, are also in nearly perfect condition though I have worn many different road shoes between now and then. I have only managed to work my way through one pair of Sidis and it took three cross seasons worth of rain, mud, snow and one-too-many-times drying over the heater vent to do it. In truth, those mountain bike shoes took way more abuse than any self-respecting piece of equipment ought to have to endure.
Sidi happens to be partnering with peloton magazine where I work on a freelance basis as the Editor at Large. They’re giving away a pair of Sidi Wires and there are four ways to win. Good luck!