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Everything you need to look out for when choosing your new shoes.
THE PRO'S VIEW Watch former professional cyclists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Yanto Barker discuss what they look for in their perfect pair of cycle shoes.
Facts
  • Clip-in cleats and a stiff sole make your power transfer to pedals more efficient
  • In hot weather your feet swell, so ventilation is important, as are easily adjustable retention systems
  • Combine with overshoes to protect from rain, or to make cleaning easier
FEATURES
  • Fastening options vary from straps, to laces, buckles or BOA systems
  • Carbon soles are lighter and stiffer, but look for more flexible materials for versatility
  • Reflective designs and thermal lining both offer protection and safety for spring/autumn riding
CYCLE SHOES BY CLOSURE SYSTEM
HOOK & LOOP STRAPS
  • Easy to adjust to give you a great fit
  • Often favoured by sprinters and triathletes as it’s quick and easy to clamp your foot in tight
  • Very robust and less likely to break if you fall
RATCHET
  • Easy small increment adjustment
  • Secure closure
  • Paired with hook & look straps to quickly open up the shoe for removal post ride
LACES
  • Secure fastening with ability to slacken where required lower the lower lace
  • More aerodynamic than other closure systems
  • Clean aesthetics
DIALS
  • Especially easy to make micro adjustments during your ride
  • Lacing system moulds the whole shoe to your foot for the best fit
  • Very fast opening for post ride removal
Cycle shoes are the big step up from being a recreational cyclist. This is due to needing to learn how to clip your cleats into the pedals, a skill that often comes with several slapstick styled comedy falls as riders often forget to swing their heel to the right to release when needing to put their feet down. Once mastered, the increased power transfer and comfort is worth the wait. Stiffer soles mean every bit of energy created by your legs is passed through to your bike to propel you forward, and the fixed position of your cleat engaging with the pedal reduces your chances of injury to your knees as you ride over longer distances.
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