If you don’t wear cycling shoes, think again. I wear them on all of the bikes. The road bikes. The commuter. And, the mountain bike as well. I don’t cycle without them.
I didn’t always feel this way. I thought they were dangerous. Difficult to get in and out of particularly in the city and on single-track trails. And, they seemed expensive to only wear when cycling whereas I could use runners for both walking and cycling. You don’t need just the shoes but cleats and pedals as well. I have one setup that has cost me $1,000. That’s one expensive pair of shoes. And, I complain about my partner’s shoe fetish.
Once I started to wear cycling shoes, there was no turning back. Over the years, I acquired shoes for touring, road cycling, commuting and, even mountain biking.
There are 3 reasons you need them too.
- They are more efficient. They clip onto the pedals enabling the cyclist to apply power throughout the entire stroke and not just on the downward portion. The soles are stiff applying consistent power to the pedal with less effort. This translates into faster speeds and, longer distances with less effort.
- They last longer than a street shoe. You don’t walk or run in them. You only use them for cycling so there is not the same wear and tear. They do break down over time but mine last several years (sometimes longer). So, if you take this into account, you can rationalize they really aren’t that expensive.
- They look cool. Yes, they look cool. They come in a variety of colours to match your kit and bike. And, other cyclists take you more seriously. They are part of the price of admission to the serious-cycling community.