Have you ever wondered what cycling shoes can do for you? Or do you think only serious cyclists can use them? The benefit of cycling shoes is significant, even for novice cyclists. The nice thing about being indoors is that your bike won’t fall over with you still clipped in! (Not that I would know anything about that!)
Be ready to get a lot more out of your Indoor Cycling class!
TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED CYCLING SHOES
- Cycling shoes have a stiff sole, which allows you to apply more force while pedaling. More force applied means a higher power output which means more calories burned! Yes, investing in cycling shoes will help you burn more calories!
- By connecting your shoe to the pedal, you will utilize more muscle groups throughout the pedal stroke. Activating and recruiting more muscle groups will bring about greater changes in fitness, strength, and endurance. More muscle groups will be “stressed” or worked during the session. That means more muscles will be adapting to the workload. Adaptation is what brings about greater fitness. Just watch your power output increase each week!
- In addition to increasing force output, the stiff sole of a cycling shoe allows you to transfer power more efficiently from your feet to the pedals. The lack of support in tennis shoes allows the foot to collapse through the arch while pedaling. This may cause arch pain, tendon problems, or burning under the bottom of the foot. A rigid cycling shoe protects your feet from the stress of pedaling.
- Studies have shown that the use of Cycling shoes leads to a reduced incidence of knee injuries. Modern day clipless pedals now offer varying degrees of rotational float (0° to 15°). These free float pedals allow the knee to travel in a more linear motion while pedaling thus reducing the stresses on the knee.
- Cycling shoes allow you to maintain more control while accelerating or when standing during climbing. The stability offered by the cycling shoe will give you more confidence as you feel more control on the bike. Soon you will be hammering up those climbs and sprinting faster on those flats. And that means more calories burned too!
So what type of shoe do I get? My favorite brand of shoe for Indoor Cycling is Specialized. I find them the most comfortable and they have several different price point options. Shimano, SIDI, and Pearl Izumi are excellent choices as well. You can search on sites like www.jensonusa.com and find great deals. Or, visit Performance Cyclery in Santa Clarita (www.performancecyclery.com) and let their experts find the right shoe for you. You can spend anywhere from $29.99 to $100+ for a cycling shoe. Find the right price point for you and the most comfortable shoe. If you are only going to cycle indoors, you may not need the most expensive shoe. The lower priced shoes may be more uncomfortable, however, so it might be best to try them on.
A road cycling shoe is best for stiffness and stability, but a mountain bike shoe will work as well and may be more comfortable. There are even cycling shoes that look like tennis shoes!
The pedals at Cycleup Valencia accommodate both SPD®(Shimano Pedal Design) or LOOK cleats. Cleats are sold separately from the shoe so make sure you also pick up a pair of cleats. SPDs are recessed into the shoe and allow you to walk on any surface. Looks are not recessed and make walking more difficult.
GET MORE OUT OF YOUR WORKOUT AND GET INTO A PAIR OF CYCLING SHOES!
Heather Flebbe, M.S., ACSM holds her Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology and is a lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles. Heather also presents for the American College of Sports Medicine certification workshops. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.