To invest in cycling shoes or not to invest in cycling shoes, that is the question! Walking into cycletribe you’ll often see people changing from regular tennis shoes into cycling shoes. One of the biggest questions we get is, why would I invest in cycling shoes if tennis shoes work just fine?
The reality is, yes tennis shoes do work, but is there a better option to support your body: ABSOLUTELY! It’s just like if you were going to go for a run, you can run in almost any shoes, but there is NO DOUBT shoes that help protect your body from injury and allow you to perform better are worth the investment. The same thing is true for cycling shoes.
UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE
To help you understand the difference a little more in cycling terms, imagine you’re kicking ass in a standing climb, legs are turning over and over to the beat of the music. Each pedal stroke down you are putting a lot of power into your legs and your feet. In regular tennis shoes at the bottom of the pedal stroke, all of your bones and muscles in your foot collapse around the pedal which translates to not very supportive and a loss of power. The stiffer the shoe, the smaller the collapse. A cycling shoe has a very very stiff soul and is made just for that purpose. It offers your body support, lessening your chance of injury and increasing the power you get out of your ride! WIN! WIN!
The final difference between the shoes: with a cycling shoe you are connected to the bike, with tennis shoes you are somewhat, but you kind of have to think about staying connected. In your pedal stroke, you should be pushing down in the front, but also sweeping your foot back and pulling up. It’s just all around harder to do with a tennis shoe and there’s a conscious effort to keep your foot from pulling out of the cage. Cycling shoes allow you to concentrate more on enjoying your ride without the extra effort to stay connected.
WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
Is it worth the investment? We believe it ABSOLUTELY is! But you got to make that call. We do have shoes available for purchase at the studio and if we don't have the right size, we can order you some. We also rent shoes so you can give them a try and see how you like them before you invest.