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What Kind of Bike Shoes Do You Wear?

By September 5, 2008

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A post last week included a question from a reader about the need for special bike shoes for non-competitive riders who mainly cycle for fitness. Here's a related question for you:

The answer is that for me personally it depends on which bike I'm riding, because I have four. Yes, I am a bike nerd. I don't wear bike shoes on my commuter bikes because of frequent stops and starts in traffic, nor on my mountain bike because of the need to keep my feet free when I go sailing off the trail or fall down in a mud hole. But I do wear the lock-in bike shoes on my road bike because of the types of longer distance rides I do on that bike with relatively few stops.

Why do you wear what you do on your feet? Comment below.

Related article: What Kind of Pedals Are Right for You?


September 5, 2008 at 5:41 pm
(1) Dave says:

On my road bike, cycling shoes with cleats. When commuting on my commuter/fitness bike, cycling shoes with cleats. On short rides around the neighborhood on my commuter/fitness bike or mountain bike, whatever shoes I have on at the time.

September 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm
(2) Chris P says:

I am locked in on all bikes except the winter beater. I have had even Time ATAC freeze up in the winter and last year gave up and went to regular pedals.

September 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm
(3) Chris says:

I would have to recommend Speedplay Clipless Pedals and a pair of Specialized Body Geometry shoes with a custom fitting…..The pedals are one of the easiest to get in and out of….and the custom fit of the shoes will help with foot adjustments and correct pedal stroke so as to avoid knee, foot, or leg pain. All told, pedals and Shoes with custom fitting…$300…but well worth it!

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