If you’re looking for that perfect “gift that keeps on giving” for your JoyRide-obsessed friend or family member, give the gift of cycling shoes! From Thursday, December 11 to Sunday, December 14, JoyRide is offering 20% off select merchandise, including life-changing (oh yes, and ride-changing) cycling shoes!
All cool sports have gear. Skiing and swimming have goggles, tennis has wristbands and racquets, car racers and baseball players have gloves, and cyclists have special shoes. In addition to enhancing athletic image (we have to play the part, right?), gear improves performance and efficiency.
New riders often ask, "Will I be able to walk tomorrow?" which is quickly followed by, "Do I need special shoes?" Answer: Yes, and no, but recommended. New riders will be able to walk the day after their first indoor cycling class. Stairs are questionable, but flat surfaces are definitely do-able. (Just kidding!)
New riders don't need special shoes, but once a new rider becomes a regular rider, then I do recommend cycling shoes. Cycling shoes have a cleat on the base (either SPD or Look) of the shoe that clips into the pedal (think ski boot and ski binding). Here's why being clipped into the pedal is better:
1. Riders will enjoy maximum efficiency of power transfer.
2. The base of a cycling shoe has a stiff sole that provides a better base of support, increased stability, and assists in keeping the foot, ankle, knee and hip aligned. In short, less injury.
3. On speed work and climbs, riders will be more efficient and “one with the bike.” Ok, what I mean is: on a sprint, you don't have to worry about your foot flying out of the cage due to your lightening speed and on a climb, you will engage your hamstrings and glutes more effectively as you pull up to generate power through the pedal stroke.
Cycling shoes typically run in European sizes. And the good news is that they will run you less than a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos, and I guarantee you will get more wear out of them! Specialized and Sidi are among the most popular brands for indoor cycling, and prices for a well-designed shoe range from $75-150-plus. If you are dedicated to indoor cycling, the shoe is worth the investment and will enhance the ride!