Why should you wear cycling shoes?
There are many different benefits to wearing cycling shoes. They not only can help your pedal technique, they can also improve your power output and much more. Read on to find out our top benefits of wearing cycling shoes:
1. Increased Power Output:
Cycling shoes are stiffer than just normal trainers and therefore less energy is lost/absorbed by the cushion of your shoe, whilst transferring the power produced by the muscles into the pedals. Wearing cycling shoes will help you to create a more efficient energy transfer to the pedals which means you can put out more power without increasing your effort levels.
2. Improved Pedal Technique:
Wearing cycling shoes will also help to improve your pedalling technique. This is because being clipped in will allow you to drive your toes further forward and pull up in the pedal stroke. This means you will actively target your glutes and quadriceps muscles which are important in producing the perfect pedal technique.
3. No slipping on the pedals/No flat spots:
By clipping into the pedals there is no chance of you slipping on the pedals during the push or the pull phase of your pedal stroke. Your foot will remain in the correct position on the pedal at all times. This will ensure you keep your body aligned which will help to reduce injuries to the ankle, knee and hip.
The top of cycling shoes are made from a breathable material and have well designed vents to allow air to circulate in your shoes. By clipping in, your foot is also always positioned at a consistent angle to the pedal, which is better for your plantar fasciitis and for building cycling leg muscles.
Njinga recommendation: We favour road cycling shoes that do not have laces. By having laces there is an increase risk of them getting caught in the chain. To get the most out of your cycling Njinga favour Boa dial closure cleats. These allow you to make adjustments whilst you are riding. The wires on a ratchet also help to spread the tension of the laces evenly to prevent discomfort.