Cycling Shoes and Pedals
Riding shoes with cleats, like the Sidi shoes shown here, are comfortable and keep your feet properly placed on the pedals. The cleats come are bought separately from the shoes, and come in two types: two hole and three hole. The shoes and pedals you decide on determine which type of cleat you require.
That said, they do take a little getting used to. When you come to a stop, you have to remember to turn your heel out away from the bike to release the shoe from the pedal. You don’t have to fall too many times before you remember to do that, though. 😉 I’m kidding, it really doesn’t take long for it to become second nature. Just practice in an easy riding flat area.
If you should decide to buy a pair I suggest you have a bike pro fit them for you, it’s important to get it right.
|Sidi Genius 7 Road Bike Shoes|
|Shimano PD-R550 SPD-SL Road Pedals|
|Shimano SH-11 SPD-SL Cleats|
Stock replacement cleat for all Shimano SPD-SL pedals including PD-7810, PD-6620, PD-5610, PD-R540
|Shimano ME3 Mountain Bike Shoes - Women's|
|Five Ten Canvas Mountain Bike Shoes - Men's|
|Race Face Chester Platform MTB Pedals|
|Shimano M520 SPD MTB Pedals|
Fluorine-coated binding claws allow for easy entry and release
For leisurely riding and short commuting distances, cycling shoes aren’t quite so important. If yo do want to use cycling shoes, there are some shoes, such as the Shimano Commuter/Touring Shoes shown below, that are easier to walk in.
My commuting bike is set up with toe clips so I can use any shoes suitable for riding and working. Some people prefer this setup even on the long-distance rides. On a side note, I don’t pull the strap tight on the toe clips, as it’s hard to get your foot out quickly if necessary.
These Sunlite ATB toe clips are of the type I have on my commuter bike; they’re lightweight nylon and bolt onto platform pedals. Nice setup.
The shoe type you use is detemined by two things: the type of riding you are doing, and whether you prefer cleats or toe clips.
For shorter rides, say 25 miles or less, I think platform pedals are fine, and you can use any shoe you want (but not sandals). Add the toeclips for longer rides if you don’t want to use cleated shoes.
If you do longer rides and want a cleated shoe, but still need comfortable walking shoes, I would choose a shoe like the Shimano shoe shown above (that’s a men’s shoe, but there are similar women’s shoes).