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Retrofitz

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.

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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7 Comments

  1. PaulCJrJuly 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Even though this is cool, these shoes after the conversions don’t look that comfortable to walk in. Great idea though.

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  4. sarahJuly 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

    i love this but am also curious to hearing some personal stories…i would love to do this to some old vans.

  5. Richard MasonerJuly 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    And they’re in Santa Cruz, so why am I hearing about this from you guys way over in Pennsylvania?

  6. Cyclelicious » Convert any shoe into a cleated bike shoeJuly 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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