Whether you’re looking for Spin, Mountain, or Road cycling shoes, we stock full-size ranges from some of the best shoe suppliers in the industry. Our staff will work with you to make sure you receive the best possible fit. We are also trained to ensure that your cleats are properly installed to avoid any potential problems down the road. Here’s an overview of cycling shoe types and some of their characteristics.
Road cycling shoes are lightweight, have smooth outsoles, and provide good ventilation. Their key feature is the sole. It’s stiff to help transfer power to your pedals to enhance performance. That stiff sole also makes them fairly difficult to walk on because of the lack of traction and flex, not to mention the cleats. Cleats are used to attach the bottom of the shoe to the pedals. By attaching your shoe to the pedal you actually transfer power both when pulling up and pushing down on the pedals. It’s important to make sure the cleats are installed properly or your risk of injury goes up. We work with spin clubs in the area and are aware of the different pedal options available at the clubs so we can get you set up properly! Stocking different manufacturers allows us to get the best fit for every rider. By the way, we also stock shoes and cleats to fit home Peloton riders.
Mountain bike shoes come in flat and clipless styles. Flat shoes have no cleats but do have rubber outsoles for better grip on your pedals. The lack of cleats also makes it easy to get on and off your bike. Use flat shoes for casual riding, trail riding or technical riding. Clipless mountain bike shoes use a two-bolt cleat system (called SPD) that are recessed into the soles to make it easier to walk. This style is great for cross-country, distance or mechanical riding.
Casual biking shoes are really a mix of cycling footwear and casual footwear. Think of them as sneakers for bike riding. They’re great for tooling around town, recreational cycling, and indoor cycling classes. Because their soles aren’t as stiff as road cycling shoes, you lose some pedaling efficiency and power. But if you’re looking to ride your bike around town and want to go to some hangouts for a bite or drink, you’ll be stylish. Once you’ve decided on the type of shoe, you can also select from different closure options. Velcro strap closures are fast and are secure. They come with two or three straps … the more straps, the more adjustments you can make to the fit. Ratcheting buckle closures and Boa style systems are becoming more and more popular and easy to use. Cycling shoes will last for years, so make sure you invest in a good pair with a proper fit. We also stock the amazing Superfeet insoles for cycling shoes (the yellow insert). These insoles replace the original equipment shoe insole and provide padding and arch support to provide comfort while riding, without adding too much height under your foot.
We carry top name cycling shoes from companies like Sidi, Louis Garneau, Shimano, and Bontrager. It’s always tempting to look for the best deals. But don’t be fooled by inexpensive mail-order “deals.” Keep in mind that fit and cleat placement are critical in cycling shoes, and working with a footwear specialist is the best way to ensure the best fit. If you’re in the market for a great pair of cycling shoes, stop by the shop and try some on. We have a great selection and guarantee you’ll get the right fit.
“The quality of service was amazing. Everyone we worked with was extremely knowledgeable and took the time to answer our (numerous) questions. We now have everything we need to start our cycling journey off right.We’re so glad we found bicycle world!”- Kim Diorio