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  • Road icon

    The term 'Road shoes' describes a type of 'clip-in' system which encompasses shoes & pedals.

    Road shoes work with a 3 bolt cleat (the bit that attaches to the base of your sole) and allows for the greatest surface area contact between you and pedals.

    The sole of the shoe has little or no grip but why would you want to walk in them other that to nip into a café for a sneaky bit of cake?

    Many riders start with a mtb/hybrid shoe on the road and upgrade to road shoes & pedals at a later date.

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    Being clipped in to your pedals seems a scary thought but is far from it, you gain much more power, efficiency and control.

    There are may brands such as:

    Shimano SPD-SL

    Look Keo

    Mavic/Time

    Seedplay

    Make sure you choose wisely as pedals vary on float, & ease of getting in and out of.

  • Hybrid icon

    When riding a hybrid bicycle it's not so clear cut as to which shoe system to get. You cold happily use trainers, Mtb or Road shoes... So which is best?

    Nipping to and from the shops? Just use flat pedals with trainers.

    Do you have a rigid fork and want to just ride on the road and get fit? Looking at Road shoes would be a good option in this case.

    Have a dual sport hybrid and head off onto tracks sometimes? Have a look at Off Road shoes as you'll have some grip when you're off the bike

    There's lots to choose from so popping in is a good place to start, try shoes one & make sure your feet are 100% happy.

    Being attached to your bike can be a daunting thought, especially if you've not done it before!!

    Take time to learn to twist your foot out of the pedals and avoid the dreaded topping over at traffic lights.

    Take your bike indoors, lean against the sofa and clip in and out repeatedly.

    Get the hang of it safely and then take your new pedals & shoes out for a ride.

  • Offroad icon

    The term 'Off-Road shoes' describes a type of 'clip-in' system which encompasses shoes & pedals.

    Off Road shoes have a 2 bolt cleat (the bit that attaches to the base of your sole) and sits in the centre in-between the grip for when you're off you bike.

    The cleat attaches to the pedals and allows far better control of the bike (you jump = bike jumps) and the grippy sole means you can confidently walk around.

    Many riders start with Mtb shoes on a road bike as means you don't have to walk around “like a penguin on ice”.

    Being clipped in to your pedals seems a scary thought but is far from it, you gain much more power, efficiency and control.

    There are may brands such as:

    Shimano SPD

    Mavic/Time

    Crank Brothers

    Choose wisely as pedals vary on float, & ease of getting in and out of.

    Don't forget about flat pedals with skate style shoes, great for playing around!

  • Overshoes icon

    If you have cold hands you simply pop on gloves but should you just pop an extra pair of socks on for your feet?

    Cycling shoes are designed to clamp onto your feet and adding a thick layer underneath can be uncomfortable & invites blisters, so no.

    Overshoes are the cycling world's saviour to cold feet. By using your socks as the base layer, your shoes as the mid layer and adding a waterproof or windproof layer overshoe to the top you're doing what is advised for any other area of clothing.

    Neoprene and waterproof materials are popular but you can get clammy feet if it's not cold/wet enough.

    Overshoes have a hole in the base to allow the cleat & pedal to engage and Mtb shoes to grip in muddy conditions.

    Variants such as 'toe warmers' , 'over-socks' and lycra shoe covers are designed to suit varying degrees of temperature, rainfall and speeds.

    If you're not 100% sure about what would suit you best for the riding you're doing ask and we can easily point you in the right direction for what suits you.

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