What To Look For In A Cycling Shoe
Bicycling has been a popular hobby and sport in the United States since the bicycle's invention. Over 100 million Americans take pleasure in biking. Some people just bike for recreation, some for more practical reasons, like to and from work. However, while biking is fantastic exercise for much of the body, it can put a lot of pressure on the feet. The feet take on the responsibility for the transfer of energy from the body to the pedals. That energy is what makes the bicycle move.
To operate a bicycle as efficiently as possible, you want to keep an alignment between the hips, knees, and feet. If you fail to do so, you can cause foot problems and, in fact, that factor along with overactivity are responsible for many of the most common foot issues related to biking. The most common foot problems related to biking include: Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, shin splints, and foot numbness or pain.
Footwear for Cycling
A regular athletic shoe used for running, walking, or cross-training is just fine to use for biking for the casual cyclist. But be certain the sole of the shoe is in good condition. It needs to be firm and not worn down. It's important the your shoe grips the peddle. You could be injured if your foot slides of the pedal while you are biking.
For avid cyclists, proper shoes are the most vital part of their cycling equipment next the bike itself. Generally, cycling footwear need to have a stiff sole and they should fit snugly around the bridge of the foot and heel. The more stable the shoe is and less movement there is inside the shoe, the more power can be transferred through the entire foot to the pedal. Also, choose shoes with uppers that are well-ventilated. You want to keep your feet cool and comfortable while you are biking. There are many options for your cycling shoe as far as closure. You can go with lacing, buckles, straps, and Velcro - or some combination of those. Choose whatever feels best to you. But be cautious of any closure that has loose ends, like straps or laces, and be careful that buckles don't hang over. Buckles can be a safety hazard if you decide to utilize toe clips.
The kind of cycling do can change the type of shoes you will need. For road biking and racing, you should choose footwear that has stiffer soles, a narrow heel, and a snug fit. In addition, mountain biking footwear also needs a good tread so you will have a better grip and you also need a more rugged sole.
Some cyclists utilize some type of a toe clip system when they are biking. Toe clips systems allow the rider to transfer power from the body to the pedal during both the up and down motions of the leg. Simple toe clip systems have metal or plastic clips, which attach to any kind of footwear with strapping. But simple toe clips systems allow the foot to bend, so they aren't as efficient at energy transfer. Also, hanging straps can be dangerous. Clipless systems use metal or plastic cleats in the sole of the footwear, which attach to bindings on the pedal of the bike. Clipless systems are a great options for road biking or racing. However, clipless systems do take some getting used to and there is an adjustment period. Once the cleats are on, you will not be able to use the shoes for walking. Clips are typically not used for mountain biking because the foot comes off the pedal often.
When you got to the store to try on your cycling shoes, make sure to take the socks you plan to wear when biking with you. You get a better fit if you try on the shoes with the actual socks you will be wearing.