How To: Choose Indoor Cycling Shoes
If you want get the most out of your indoor cycling workout, you’ve got to make sure you have the right shoes for the job. Wearing proper cycling shoes (shoes that “clip in” to a bike’s pedals) will give you a balanced pedal stroke. This means you’re putting more power into the pedals, pushing down and pulling up, so your quads, hamstrings, calves, and core all get in on the action. Powering through the whole stroke uses your energy more effectively, keeping you going stronger for longer. Cycling shoes also have stiffer soles that put more power to the pedal and less strain on you. So what should you look for when purchasing shoes and cleats for an indoor cycling class? Most studios have bikes that are equipped with Shimano Pedaling Dynamics (or SPD) pedals. So, your shoes should have cleats to match. You’ll recognize a shoe designed for SPD cleats by the two holes in the sole of the shoe. Some studios may have a different setup, so check with your studio to make sure your cleats are compatible. You’ll also be moving around the studio a bit, so you want to make sure you can also walk comfortably when off the bike. Mountain bike shoes typically have more grip and slightly more give in the sole, which makes walking easier. And, their cleats are typically recessed into the tread, so you don’t beat up the studio floors. Mountain shoes are designed this way because mountain biking typically requires more walking that road cycling. We recommend them because features designed for the trail transition beautifully into the studio. Ready to take the plunge? Bontrager offers several options that fit right at home at your local studio. Our shoes are designed for a comfortable, but secure, fit. Our use of materials like Tachyon rubber in the soles mean no slipping and no sliding across a studio floor. Some of our shoes even include Boa System closures, so when you’ve dialed in your perfect fit, it stays secure, no matter how hard you ride. Our shoes come in a variety of styles and colors, so you’re sure to find a pair that you’ll love. To see the great shoe options Bontrager has to offer and find your perfect fit, check out trekbikes.com or your local Trek retailer. Have a great workout!