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Published on June 4th, 2012 | by Greg


Biking Shoes Two: KEEN Springwater II

Man­hat­tan bike rides tend to be pret­ty short-dis­tance, com­pared with the ones we would take in the Bay Area. Un­less you’re re­al­ly get­ting out of the city, in which case, there are some amaz­ing near­by day rides for those in shape and with the de­sire for a work­out. It’s on these longer rides, es­pe­cial­ly, the bik­ing footwear comes in handy.

Yes­ter­day, we looked at a pair of SPD-com­pat­i­ble shoes that looked great but com­pro­mised in a cou­ple of ways. To­day’s pair, the KEEN Spring­wa­ter IIs, take the three-strap vel­cro ap­proach. This leads to a more se­cure fit and bet­ter over­all com­fort while bik­ing, but def­i­nite­ly at a cost to style. Avail­able in black/yel­low (like ours), or gar­goyle/apri­cot (yes, se­ri­ous­ly), like many cy­cling shoes, you should plan on pur­chas­ing about a half-size small­er than your nor­mal street footwear for best re­sults.

As we said be­fore, this type of spe­cial­ist footwear is aimed at se­ri­ous cy­clists- those with the ped­als that will re­al­ly make the shoes worth it. The Spring­wa­ter IIs were sol­id, rugged, held up well to wa­ter, though weren’t as breath­able as ten­nis shoes or your av­er­age sneak­ers. We found them pret­ty street-ca­pa­ble though, for quick jaunts at least. Cy­cling shoes are an in­ter­est­ing ex­ten­sion for the com­pa­ny, best known for their san­dals. And while these are still fair­ly heavy, they do of­fer great sup­port. Un­less you need ul­tra-lightweight car­bon fiber, def­i­nite­ly try on a pair of these when you can- they hold up to the best of cy­cling shoes and run a rea­son­able $110 on­line and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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