Choosing the perfect pair of biking shoes will help keep your feet comfortable even if you’re riding in a steep environment, and I’d like to help you select the best pair for your needs! If you’re wondering why you should purchase a pair, it’s because the proper cycling shoes are essential for your own safety and comfort as you embark on each biking journey.
Bike Riding Shoes vs. Athletic Shoes
Just as runners shouldn’t wear dress shoes or flip-flops while running a marathon, bikers should wear the proper shoes for their sport. Cycling shoes are typically designed with stiffer soles than normal athletic shoes – this is done in order to provide more efficient energy transfer while you are pedaling.
The stiffer soles also offer additional protection to your feet as you ride your bike, and they support the entire length of each foot to help reduce the possibility of fatigue and cramping. Mountain biking shoes still have enough flexibility in them to allow for good traction while you are walking on rugged trails with your bike.
Bike Riding Shoes With Mount
Once you have a pair of cycling shoes, you will still need one more piece of equipment: a pair of cleats that match your bike pedals to attach to your shoes. They will allow you to fasten your shoes to your bike pedals. Mountain biking shoes attach to your pedals if you seek greater control and efficiency while cycling. Once you have metal cleats for your shoes that correspond with your pedals, you’ll need to do the following:
- Remove the insoles from your mountain biking shoes and turn them over so they lie facing upward.
- There should be a detachable piece of rubber located on the front third of the sole of each shoe. Remove the pieces of rubber, and you will see a hole through each sole.
- Take the cleat and the screws that came with it, and place them on the sole of the shoe. (You will need to do this on each shoe.) Make sure that the cleat and screws are lined up with the inner nut – the nut needs to be inside your shoe while the cleat is on the outside on the sole of your shoe.
- Tighten the screws into place with an Allen wrench, and replace the insole of your shoes! Now you should be good to go.
Enjoy Your Ride and Your Shoes
Although you may be feeling slightly overwhelmed as you read this information if you’re a relatively new biker, one thing I’ve noticed since I began bicycle riding is that you’ll learn more and more about the sport as you meet other bikers. I’m glad that I was able to help you out, and I know that you’ll soon return the favor to others that you meet! Enjoy your ride!