I can’t imagine switching from clipless to cages or platforms, but sometimes carrying and switching out a second pair of shoes gets old. I debated going with some of the more street-styled clipless commuter shoes, but they just never did it for me aesthetically. Enter Retrofitz to take a stab at finding a decent middle ground. Retrofitz will take almost any shoe and retrofit it with a clipless setup that works with SPD, TIME (offroad), Crank Brothers and Ritchey cleats. Mind you, these are designed for easier, casual riding to get from A to B and not for performance oriented racing. The kit comes with a 4-hole plate for a variety of cleat placement and while they do sell a conversion kit for do-it-yourself types, they stress letting them do the work as they have the proper machinery to drill through rubber and other materials properly. Retrofitz assures a performance ride and comfortable walk, but we’d like to hear responses from any of you who have tried this. If this proves a legitimate conversion, hold onto to those scuffed up Sambas you thought were destined for the landfill.
Photos of Retrofitz conversions here.