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girl_2wheels2010-05-17 10:38:12 +0000 #1
Hello Ladies,

I bought a pair of riding boots, but they just make shifting hell on earth. I have been wearing my runners (tisk tisk... I know). What have you been doing to protect your ankles? Just want to know what other options I have and solutions you guys might have come up with.

PS - High heels don't work for me on a bike because I have tiny feet and the higher the heel then less I can reach the shifter. (I am only saying that because I saw a lady on a bike this morning with stellar heals on).

Thanks in advance for your replies,

girl_2wheels
CHIA2010-05-17 10:54:29 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by girl_2wheels

Hello Ladies,

I bought a pair of riding boots, but they just make shifting hell on earth. I have been wearing my runners (tisk tisk... I know). What have you been doing to protect your ankles? Just want to know what other options I have and solutions you guys might have come up with.

PS - High heels don't work for me on a bike because I have tiny feet and the higher the heel then less I can reach the shifter. (I am only saying that because I saw a lady on a bike this morning with stellar heals on).

Thanks in advance for your replies,

girl_2wheels

Keep riding with them for a while, you'll get used to it.

When I first got my Sidi Vertigos, I could not believe how different and seemingly difficult it was to shift with my bike. So much, that I honestly thought I made a mistake in buying them.

After wearing them for a few days, it all became second nature....just required an adjustment period...it made THAT much of a difference.

As soon as you get to used to them, and you will, riding in anything less with feel like being naked.
gripnrip2010-05-17 11:24:33 +0000 #3
What kind of riding boots did you get?

A number of years back my wife got some Alpinestars "touring" type boots that were too fat and chunky for a sportbike and the shifter. Really hated the lack of feel/etc.

She got the Sidi B2's instead and really likes them as a good combo for feel/price/protection/looking cool.
Jay172010-05-17 10:54:47 +0000 #4
I remember the first time I rode wearing my A* Smx-5 as being very frustrating. I was happy to have protection and proper footwear, but found it hard to shift as well.

It was a combination of two things. It felt too stiff around the ankle, making it difficult for me to flex my foot, and secondly, the toe felt too chunky and thick.

In reality however, it was simply because I was used to riding in hightop sneakers... flimpsy, flexible, thin... poor protection.

It's only hard relative to what you're used to. Just stick with the boots and ride slowly and carefully in streets you're familiar with, or jaunt around a parking lot for a bit and soon you'll be as comfortable in it as you are in your runners.

You don't want to be learning how to shift in new boots and fumbling around with your shift lever or rear brake in traffic.

************** Stationary Practice Exercise********************

At PRS, one of the first parking lot exercises Chris Fuchs took us through was just getting acquainted with where the foot pegs are.

I suppose you could adapt the exercise to build muscle memory for where your foot needs to go to shift smoothly. While sitting on bike and looking straight ahead, put your foot from the floor to the foot peg back and forth ( say... for a minute) to practice getting acquainted with where the foot peg is. Alternate feet and do it again. Try not to look down and to not touch the shift lever or the rear brake by accident.

Then try from the foot peg to where it would be while you're shifting up, then from the foot peg to shifting down. Do it with the rear brake as well. Practice each movement repetitively for a minute.

Hopefully this helps.

Good luck!
Shovelhead2010-05-17 11:04:41 +0000 #5
You can adjust your shifter to a different angle to make shifting easier.

It only takes a couple of minutes to do.

I'll help ya if you need it.
girl_2wheels2010-05-17 12:30:06 +0000 #6
Hey everyone,

Thanks for all the advise. I got the Alpinestars "touring" type boots as well. Darn I need to like kick up to shift (ankle can't move). In runners I can do everything (except protect my ankles). I mis-shift almost every block. I did at least 2 weeks and about 1000KM in them before switching to runners. I think its time to hunt for new riding boots. I will definitely check out SiBi B2's. Glad you say they look cool, because if they didn't, I might get disowned by my female peeps!

Thanks and I will keep on hunting (weekend shopping here I come!)

girl_2wheels
VicR62010-05-17 12:31:41 +0000 #7
It'll take you a little bit to get used to them. Took me a week to get used to my Sidi boots. Now I can't ride with runners, doesn't feel right. Stick with the boots! They're worth it in the long run.
Argyle2010-05-17 12:20:15 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by Shovelhead

You can adjust your shifter to a different angle to make shifting easier.

It only takes a couple of minutes to do.

I'll help ya if you need it.

My wife had boot issues as well, just couldn't get her to wear them

I did some adjustments on the shifter, now she doesn't ride without them

If you have to lift your foot off the foot rest to shift, the shifter needs adjustment is all..as above takes two minutes or less

She rides an 09 Ninja 250 as well

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