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How to Pick Bike Riding Shoes

Learn how to pick bike riding shoes from racer Alexander Barouh in this Howcast road cycling video.

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Cycling shoes can be the biggest upgrade you can make to your bike. It's going to increase your performance when climbing, as well as sprinting. And it pretty much connects you in a much better way to your bike. Two different options for choosing cycling shoes are road shoes, such as this. The cleat is not recessed. It's going to be sitting on top of the bottom of the shoe. It's going to be a little bit harder to walk on. Second option is going to be a mountain bike shoe, such as this. The cleat is going to be recessed within the tread of the shoe. Mountain bike shoes work really good, obviously with mountain biking. But, it also works really well with recreational cyclists. Road shoes are definitely the way to go if you're planning on racing. Another big difference between road and mountain bike shoes are the cleats they accept. Road shoes only accept road cleats. They're going to be a little bit larger. They're in a delta form. Mountain bike shoes are going to be a little bit smaller. They have four holes. They are going to be a little bit more recessed into the shoe. This is a road pedal. It would be compatible with a road shoe. It's going to connect with your road shoe. Your road shoe is going to have a cleat. It's going to lock in. It's going to be very easy to pedal with this. It's also going to be very easy to unclip. All road shoes and road pedals are designed for you to unclip when you crash, if you do crash. Also, it's going to be very easy for you to unclip at a stoplight. When deciding which shoes you want, you can think about a number of different applications. Road shoes are usually going to be lighter. They're usually going to be stiffer. At the same time, they're going to be a little bit harder for you to walk around in. Mountain bike shoes, on the other hand, are going to be a little bit heavier. They're going to be a little bit more flexible, which might make it a little bit more comfortable. Yet, they're also going to be really easy to walk in and a little bit easier to clip into. I would recommend if you're looking to get into competitive cycling, going for the road show. If you're looking to just start recreationaly riding, get the mountain bike shoe.

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