In the mailbag recently was this note from a reader:
I recently started riding a hybrid bike. I'm mostly doing shorter rides on pavement, some off-road. And I don't lock into my pedals (just straps). I was wondering about the advantages/disadvantages of cycling shoes. How do they improve the ride? Should beginners invest in a pair? What should you look for in a pair of cycling shoes? Are they really necessary for fitness riders?
I know what I'd tell Amanda, but I'm curious as well as to what sort of advice you'd offer, particularly based on your own experience. Got any opinion on this? Comment below.
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Image: Nashbar road shoes with cleats - David Fiedler