Well, maybe those shoes weren't.
But whether you’re new to indoor cycling or have been riding at CycleBar (Formerly Spynergy) for a while, you can use muscles more efficiently, ride with less pain and generate more power – all by going shoe shopping! Seen people in class, and our instructors, with cycling shoes, and wondered whether they’re worth it?
“I don’t indoor cycle that often – do I really need a cycling shoe?”
While you can certainly get a great workout in sneakers, and all you really need for a class at Spynergy is a good attitude and the ability to show up, cycling shoes offer several key benefits:
- Pain reduction
- Increased power and efficiency through the entire pedal stroke
- Increased stability on the bike
"Proper shoes are the most important piece of cycling equipment," says Matthew McMullen, of Landry's Bicycles. "Cycling shoes have a firm sole to efficiently transfer power from your feet to the pedals. The lack of support in sneakers allows the foot to collapse through the arch while pedaling, which may cause arch pain, tendon problems, or burning under the bottom of the foot."
Cycling shoes are much stiffer than sneakers, and are designed for what your body does on a bike (not while it's walking or running). If you have foot or knee pain when you cycle, a professionally-fit cycling shoe could help. You’ll also get much more out of the “pull” part of the pedal stroke if you’re clipped in with cycling shoes, meaning that you'll not only work your quads, but your hamstrings and glutes as you pull up on the pedal.
“How do I know what kind of shoe to buy?”
We recommend that you visit a quality cycling store like Landry’s on Rt. 9 in Natick. The professionals there can assess your needs and your feet, and fit you in a shoe that will work on our bikes (any shoe that is SPD® (Shimano Pedal Design) compatible – will work). Plus, Landry's will give you a 15% discount for being a Spynergy rider.
Because everyone’s feet are different, it’s important to get your cycling shoes professionally fitted so that the cleat will be in the right place underneath your foot. This will reduce or eliminate knee and foot strain and pain.
Be sure to mention that you’ll be using the shoes for indoor cycling – while you can certainly use your Spin® shoes for road biking, road cycling shoes often have cleats that protrude and soles that are too slippery for walking around inside Spynergy.
CycleBar (formerly Spynergy Wellesley) has been providing fun, inspired indoor cycling classes to our neighbors in Wellesley, Natick, Weston, Wayland, Newton, Needham, Chestnut Hill and other Boston area towns since 2005.