Indoor cycling shoes are usually used by participants in a gym class or indoor cycling races. These generally contain nylon; have highly breathable insoles and a non-marking outer sole. They may be more comfortable than a regular tennis shoe or sneaker.
Some have laces with a Velcro strap to hold down the tops of the laces so they don’t tangle in your pedals. My mountain bike shoes have such a strap, and although it’s a bit of a pain to put on and take off, it keeps me from having to tuck the floppy part of the laces under the non-floppy part. If that doesn’t make any sense, I understand your confusion. It makes no sense to me either.
These shoes may also be used in other areas of the gym and can have pedal cleats attached if desired.
Indoor cycling is a great tool for weight loss or management. The benefits of cycling are similar to running or jogging, but with little impact to the leg joints. It’s a great way to increase stamina, muscle strength and relieve stress. It’s also a great way to see your body fluids condensed on the inside of the windows.
I remember being in a basement room watching two of my acquaintances go all out to a spin DVD. I saw the windows getting completely steamed up with the vapor from one of the cyclists, a fellow who I’d be reluctant to shake hands with. When I realized that I’d been breathing in all of his water excrement before it got onto the inside of the windows, I was sufficiently grossed out. But I digress…
Like any exercise routine, it’s best to have the right equipment for the job. In this case, the right equipment would include great indoor bicycling shoes. The primary things to look at are shoe fit, comfort and breathability.
CORRECTION: For cheapskates like myself, an outrageous deal trumps just about everything, including fit, comfort, and breathability.
(As an aside, making good use of my thriftiness, I was able to reduce my wife’s dowry from 7 goats and 12 lambs down to 3 head of oxen, after much dickering with my father-in-law. Neither fit or comfort has suffered, although breathability is lacking at times.)
Back to the subject of value- I just went to Bike Nashbar and saw a whole bunch of shoes for great prices.
Indoor Cycling Shoes Closure and Retainer Systems
Like tennis shoes, indoor cycling shoes are designed with a wide variety of closure options. Laces, Velcro and buckles are the most popular types of closures. Because of the risks involved with laces, some shoes are designed with Velcro or buckles to go over top of laces or elastic closure systems.
Clips and other retaining systems help with upward momentum by holding the foot in place. Retainers help reduce foot fatigue and keep the foot more stable so you can concentrate on the fun you’re having.
Ventilation and Soles
Gyms and fitness centers are generally warmer than riding outdoors. Due to lack of air flow, riding indoors generates more body heat and causes a higher level of perspiration. Make sure your indoor cycling shoe has proper ventilation; such as mesh or some other breathable material. Proper air circulation keeps your feet from overheating and causing undue discomfort while you ride.
Like outdoor cycling, indoor cycling shoes need a stiff sole. Stiff soles increase stability and boost leverage, making every pedal push count. Foot alignment with the pedals is very important when it comes to proper movement of the ankles, knees and hips.
Proper alignment decreases joint and lower back pain and makes your indoor cycling experience much more enjoyable. The more fun you have, the more often you will go back for more.
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Recap: What Do You Need in an Indoor Cycling Shoe?
No matter if you’re looking at indoor or outdoor, road or off-road cycling, the primary things to keep in mind are:
Shimano offers a great shoe for indoor cycling enthusiasts. They’re created with lighter and thinner material to maximize coolness and breathability yet provide a firm outsole that maximizes power transfer from foot to pedal.
Cycling for long periods of time may cause even the most experienced riders to experience balance issues or loss of traction. Recessed cleats or Shimano Pedal Design with a rubberized sole increase safety and are well worth the investment. If you’re ever in doubt as to which type of indoor cycling shoes to invest in, ask around.
First get out of the basement.
It may be a good idea to learn more about cycling shoes in general.
And in case you didn’t know about it…when I checked, Amazon had 69 listings under ‘indoor cycling/spinning shoes’. Check them out here!
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