Some of you out there may have read in my Dunwich Dynamo post that I was in need of a new pair of SDP shoes as the straps had seemed to expanded resulting in them needing to be slimmest touching the floor, in order to get a proper fit.
This morning I ventured out in my new shoes and to my horror one of the straps completely sheared off. Luckily I had only just set off from home and had not travelled more than 200 metres. The part that broke off was the little ratchet-type arrangement at the top of the shoe.
Turning for home I put them back in the box they came from and asked Mrs Orange to send them from whence they came. Later on at work I fired off an email to explain what had happened. I received an email back pretty quickly to say that I would be given a refund, exchange or could select another shoe.
I will deliberate over this one at some point this weekend as later tonight I am attending an overnight ride from London to Whitstable...sadly with my old SPD shoes! I can only hope that I can get the straps tight enough and that I do not have a repeat performance of what occurred on the Dynamo as the ride will be just over 70 miles.
Must say I am looking forward to it as the overnight to Whitstable is one of my all time favourites. As always I will be riding with Geoff and it will be a nice end to an incredibly busy couple of weeks as work.
When I get my replacement SDP shoes I will write a blog post and let you in the secret of whether I have opted to simply get another pair of the ones that were obviously faulty or a completely different pair.