HOW DOES POWER TRANSMISSION ACTUALLY WORK WHEN CYCLING?
Basically, two things contribute to the power transmission between the cycling shoe and the pedal. One is the connection between the sole and the pedal and the other is the stiff sole of the shoes. The system behind this is called clipless pedal. Clipless pedals are cycling shoes with an integrated cleat. This connection is particularly noticeable in your upward movements.
When you move upwards, you can pull the pedal upwards with the cycling shoe. This gives cyclists a lightning-fast start. The stiffness of the sole is also very important for your cycling shoe. The higher the stiffness of the sole, the less energy flows into the deformation of your sole when pedalling. This means that the more power is transmitted directly to the pedals.
THE DIFFERENT AREAS OF USE FOR CYCLING SHOES
Depending on the area of use, your cycling shoes will have different features. There are special shoe variants for use on road bikes, just as there are for mountain bikes or trekking bikes. The models of road cycling shoes are characterised by high sole stiffness. On a road bike, the aggressiveness of the start is particularly important. The sole of these cycling shoes is usually not profiled.
With mountain bike shoes, the priorities are different. Depending on the riding style, the racing-oriented soles come into question, alternatively the all-mountain models. The former have a stiff sole. The latter, on the other hand, have a convincing sole profile that is suitable for sliding passages. All Mountaibike shoes are equipped with a minimum profile so that you can walk on unpaved ground without any problems.
The shoes for trekking tours, on the other hand, are less stiff. These models have a natural rolling motion, which is helpful on urban trails. Of course, as with other shoe models, you can get specific versions for women or men.
IMPORTANT FACTORS WHEN BUYING CYCLING SHOES
When buying cycling shoes, you should first and foremost look for a firm and individual fit. Blisters on the heels or ankles quickly spoil the fun of cycling. Select the size of your cycling shoes so that the shoe fits tightly in the heel area. The toe area should not be too small. This is the only way to avoid pressure points. Separate insoles adapt to the shape of your individual foot. However, the closure system you choose will influence the fit even more. Velcro fastenings give your shoes a high degree of stability. Lace-up cycling shoes, on the other hand, are more comfortable to wear.
THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF CYCLING SHOES
Because of the two different soles, you have a different choice of suitable cycling shoes depending on the pedals. Take your time to look at the advantages and disadvantages so that you can find the best shoes for you.
- No risk of slipping with the shoes on
- Better power transfer to the pedals
- even more safety
- Models with laces or velcro available
- can take longer to put on and take off
- Click system needs practice
TRAINING WITH THE RIGHT CYCLING SHOES
Cycling shoes are the link between you and your bike. A secure hold, optimal power transmission and more fun while riding are the advantages. You can also find matching accessories for the respective shoes in our online shop. Choose your new pair of cycling shoes now, regardless of whether they have a click system or a tread sole. We offer you the right cycling shoes for every bike!