Why Buy Cycling Shoes?
Buying cycling-specific shoes will make a huge difference in your riding whether you are taking a spin class, on the road or in the mountains. We recommend Cycling shoes for all riders because they transfer your pedaling power more efficiently to the pedals. The shoes also fit better on the spin bikes because of their stiffer soles, which better support and protect your feet. Cycling shoes enable you to pedal more efficiently and with less fatigue, whether you’re zipping down the road, cruising over the trails or spinning away in indoor cycling class. You may be hesitant to clip right into the pedals, but with a little practice, you’ll appreciate the improvements in fitness and riding power.
When you’re clipped into the pedals, you take advantage of both the up and down portion of the stroke. Pushing down primarily activates your quadriceps at the front of the thighs. You have other strong lower-body muscles, namely your hamstrings at the back of the thighs and the gluteus maximus, that aren’t maximally activated if you wear regular athletic shoes. By clipping into the pedals with cycling shoes you can pull up as you push down to generate more power. When you activate the fronts and backs of the thighs, you also promote muscle balance and prevent overdevelopment of the quadriceps.
Cycling shoes keep you firmly attached to the pedals so you don’t have to concentrate fiercely on keeping your feet in place as you pedal. Instead, your focus is on alignment and power generation, which means a better ride. Because your feet won’t slip, you’ll also have more control with cycling shoes. Almost all of the bikes at Cyclehaus have shoe cages to accommodate members with street or running shoes. Using the cages are a good start until you’re ready for the added pedaling efficiency and improved fit of Cycling shoes.
Cycling shoes provide a better foot-to-pedal connection, and provide a more efficient, smoother ride. Cycling shoes are great for spin class, but you can use these shoes for all types of cycling. At Cyclehaus, the majority of our bikes are compatible with Shimano’s SPD cleat system and we have a couple bikes that work with the Look cleat system. We highly recommend the SPD system unless you already have an outdoor bike with Look pedals.
Road or Mountain?
Road and mountain shoes are similar and usually only differ in how their sole is designed. Mountain sole-style shoes typically have a sole with more traction for walking, which makes them easier, and safer to walk in. Road shoes sometimes have no traction lugs and can be slippery. Although Spin classes are neither in the road or the mountains, we highly recommend buying mountain/recreational sole-style shoes because they are easier and safer to walk in. All of the shoes on this page have a lugged outsole that is easy to walk in. Also, don’t forget to purchase the SPD cleat—most shoes don’t include that part!
Socks and Fit
Cycling shoes should fit snugly so your feet won’t slip around inside when you’re pedaling. You should also be wearing thin cycling or running socks with these shoes, not thick tennis socks. The socks should be made of synthetic and/or wool blends to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
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