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I got my first walkable SPD shoes in '93 for touring, Shimano model A100, I think. All white w 2 velcro straps. They served me well, and I still use them on occasion (wo socks). I wanted one size bigger shoe w the ratchet buckle, smooth sole (no MTB lugsspikesscrews), black color, and these RT82's fit the bill. They are top quality and have great looks too (imho). I currently ride a road bike (and also my trusty touring) but do not race. The sole is very stiff, so I don't get hot spots, and don't see how one could w this shoe. The ratcheting buckle is good for getting an extremely tight instep fit (much more than w velcro straps) wo having high pressure pinching (like w shoelaces). They're nice for making an adjustment while rolling, too. Both the metal buckle mechanism and it's plastic tongue look to be replaceable. I take a size 9 sneaker, and these 43's fit me perfectly. The toe is rounded, not pointy, and the shoe's insert is molded for each individual shoe size (43 is printed on mine - at the heel for easy size I.D.). They weigh 770 gr. per pair w the cleats installed (cleatsscrews sold seperately - nut plates included w shoes). Walking in them is safe and comfortable (as opposed to road shoes), although you don't want to walk a mile in any stiff platform sole shoes. And there's the cleat grinding noise on concrete or gravel that comes w all walkable clipless shoes. I've only got 400 mi. on these so far, so I don't know how long they'll last, but I'm guessing over 10 yrs. if kept to on-road use only (using my original A100 shoes as an indicator). There's a bunch of reflective material on the topinsidefront, but little on the backheel. I've been out in 38 F for 1-12 hrs, and my toes got cold, but they were OK in 42 for extended periods w thin wool socks (ymmv). I have not ridden in the rain w these shoes (yet), but your feet will get wet thru the breathable fabric on top. I can't say how hot they'll get either, as I've only ridden up to 68 thus far.
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