Are you outfitting yourself with a brand-new road bike? Congratulations! But don’t forget about one of the most important pieces of equipment for cyclists: cycling shoes. Cycling shoes are as essential to your riding experience as a helmet and gloves, but they can be tricky to choose. In this blog, we’ll explain all the ins and outs of road bike shoes and how to find the perfect pair for you!
Types of Road Bike Shoes
The two main types of cycling shoes are trail/mountain biking shoes and road biking shoes. Trail/mountain biking shoes have a more rugged look, designed with heavy-duty treads that offer increased traction on trails. They also feature a more relaxed fit than road bike shoes, which are engineered for speed and aerodynamics. If you plan on commuting or racing on your new bike, then you'll want to invest in road bike shoes.
Road Bike Shoes Features
Road bike shoes come in a variety of styles, colours, materials and levels of support. Look for features like breathable mesh uppers that keep your feet dry and comfortable during rides; stiff carbon soles that provide power transfer from foot to pedal; recessed cleats that make walking easier; adjustable straps or dials that provide fast adjustment; lightweight construction; water-resistant properties; and reflective details for visibility in low light conditions. Northwave cycling shoes offer all these features plus much more!
Picking the Right Size & Fit
The most important thing when it comes to finding the right cycling shoe is getting the right size and fit. Your feet should feel comfortable without any pain or tightness while riding—you don’t want them slipping around inside your shoe either. Make sure there is some wiggle room in the toe box area, so your toes aren't cramped up against the front of the shoe. And if you're looking for extra support when pedalling, consider buying cycling-specific socks or adding padded insoles into your shoe. Why not start right now by checking out the Northwave size guide, measure yourself against our chart and test a pair of sample shoes.
With so many options available, finding the perfect pair of road bike shoes can seem daunting at first glance—but it doesn’t have to be! We hope this guide has helped shed some light on what kind of cycling shoe would work best for you, as well as some tips on how to pick out just the right size & fit. Remember, a good pair of cycling shoes will last you years if taken care of properly.
Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect shoe solution for any riding level. We have an expert team of riders who are out on the roads, trails and mountains every day... we know our stuff and are ready to assist.
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