Help, I have squeaky boots!

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Anticyclone, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    Ok, so I have this pair of Gaerne Balance trials boots. They are my only pair of riding boots. They fit well, are comfortable, waterproof, and look "normal" under street clothes. The level of protection is not great, but it's a good compromise for the type of riding I do.

    They squeak.

    Loudly.

    With every step.

    Not a problem on the bike, obviously, but I sometimes have to get off of the bike. I've tried everything I can think of to get rid of the squeak. Boot oil, silicone spray, sanding the bits that rub together, even astroglide:eek1.

    If I wanted squeaky boots I would have gotten some MX boots.

    Any suggestions :ear
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    swingset Got the knack.

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  4. sideshow

    sideshow debaser

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    If astroglide didn't work, you might be screwed. :lol3 Try lip balm or baby powder.
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  5. Butters

    Butters Kwyjibo

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    Please let me know if you find a solution. I REALLY like those Balances and want to get a (non-squeaky) pair.
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  6. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Silicone spray worked on my Sidi's.
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  7. Gordon Bennett

    Gordon Bennett Just you wait

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    Only one pair of squeaky boots?
    Pah - I've got three. I just tell people it's my artificial hip and they feel sorry for me....
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  8. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I know I'm going off topic, but it seems necessary...

    Why do you think those boots aren't protective? Do you realize the kind of stuff a trials rider rides through? Sure, they aren't "plastic coated", but they are designed to give good protection with good flexibility. You need to consider that flexibility could help avoid injuries due to slow or clumsy reactions due to overly stiff boots. Also consider these same style all leather boots seemed to work well for a few decades for top level motocross and off road racers. I've worn HiPoints for all types of riding for over 30 years, even ran over both feet simultaneously while riding an ATV with no injury whatsoever, a bit of shock that I did it, but all it did was scrape off the mud. Don't downplay the protection of this style boot. They are more than adequate for a large majority of the dual sport riders. They just don't want to realize it. They seem to think they need to be encased in hard plastics.

    By the way, I did have a pair of the first all plastic boots - Heckle boots, sold by Bultaco - back in 76 and also have a pair of AXOs in the garage, The Heckles were hinged at the ankles and allowed no side movement, really hindering what an off road racer could do, OK for MX but not so much for other riding. The AXOs are so stiff that I've only worn them twice, the all leather HiPoints work just fine for all uses, including walking around off the bike. For what it's worth, these boots are still marketed by AlpineStar as the Super Victory. They served the Penton family well over all the years in the ISDE and all those XC races. All leather ain't all bad, don't apologize for them.
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  9. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    I'm gonna try some stuff this evening and report back later.

    As for the boots themselves, I don't apologize for them. They are a whole lot more protective than a pair of work boots. For the street or basic gravel road and two track riding at a moderate pace they are great! Would I ride a trials bike in them? Without a doubt! Would I hustle around a motorcross track in them? I don't know, I've never tried, but my guess is that there are better boots for that purpose.
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  10. banshee

    banshee hi

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    my boyfriend wears these boots (he has two pair), neither squeak. FYI :D
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    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    there is no way i could sneek up on a wild Banshee with squeeky boots:jive
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  12. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    :fitz
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    bloochdog Itinerant jackass

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    I love mine... enough to have two pairs... The waterproof part that i so praised in the begining failed later .. But by no means will i get rid of them.. Seal skins are good waterproof socks to keep in the bag....
    I work, hike, hunted in Africa, and even worn them with my "sunday go to meeting" suit... heavy mx use might not be the best thing but I do not think they can be beat for all around comfort and protection... and the attract Banshees...
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  14. banshee

    banshee hi

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    hell yeah :drif
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  15. Oldrice

    Oldrice oldrice.com

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    Talc or baby powder. It works. I've used it on my squeaky Alpinestars SMXs and the sidi's too.

    Hope this helps.

    Oldrice-
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  16. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Good! Now that we have that straight...

    Of course you wouldn't wear them on an MX track. But those unflexible MX boots can cause issues for dual sport riders, trials riders, and road riders. To listen to many, you'd think if you don't have your feet encased in those plastic "casts" you risk having your feet ripped off in a light off road incident. That is why I comment.

    Personally I think the AlpineStar Super Victory is probably the best dual sport boot out there just because they were originally a motocross boot design, giving good reinforcement, plus the fact that they do develop good flexibility for needs both on and off the bike.
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  17. LarryGS

    LarryGS Been here awhile

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    I have 2 pair of the Balance Oiled Boots, one was for sale, but no takers, and neither squeak, not the soles or the boots. I SnoSeal'd them both, upon getting them, and never had an issue with noise. Are the "trials" boots different then the Balance Oiled? They're a fine boot, not squeaky, for me.
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  18. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    Baby powder has been applied to all surfaces. The squeaking has been reduced to a reasonable level:clap . We'll see how long it will last.
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  19. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    In reply to my own message, I just was out for a few hours shoveling snow and clearing off the cars - in the old HiPoints... Haven't oiled or treated them for a few years, but no leaks and warm feet, not to mention easy walking around in the stuff with them. Lot to be said for all leather boots. :thumb

    Only bitch is that I had to shovel about 10" of snow plus about 1/2" ice off the walks, the car, and my truck. :bluduh
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