Introduction to Bike Shoes and Pedals, Why They Matter
Introduction to Bike Shoes and Pedals, Why They Matter
Why would you want to go with clipless shoes, what’s the difference between road and mountain, why are pedals important at all? These are some of the questions I had going in to Peloton Cycles in Fort Collins, CO working with Erik. I had just purchased a new electric bike and hadn’t spent much time on shoes. He took me on a short tour of the shoe section and gave me an overview of bicycle shoes and pedals.
We started off with an overview of the term clipless, the confusing thing is that these pedals and shoes often use clips of a sort in order to connect and hold on to each other. The term evolved from baskets and cages which were popular before the click-in systems were developed. People used to refer to them as clips and thus, when the cage or basket was replaced with an automatic connector the term came to be. Baskets were designed to completely lock in your foot and required help at the start and finish of a ride in order to get out. I have fallen and nearly broke my wrist using them for fun as a younger guy.
In short, road shoes have a much larger connection point in order to transfer power. Mountain shoes are more flexible so you can maneuver the bike itself easier and introduce tread so you can walk around and get the bike setup on unstable surfaces.
Very helpful video for a newbie!
It really helpful as for me a newbie.. I had a great information from this guy.. Thank you
Thank you so much boss 👍🏻
this is how they make money people dont be sstupid
Only watching this because I just saw a video in which bike cop chased a suspect very slowly and clumsily and kept hearing a clacking sound . Then saw his shoes which looked raised very different from the other cop’s shoes . Mystery solved LOL
Great info. I’ve been using my flat Adidas and it works perfect.
Very informative. Thanks
This guy is a legend. Cheers!
9:00 just saved me 360$$
Like others have said, this guy is very good at explaining this confusing subject. Good job.
This is professional.! 💎
Can someone please tell me what shoe was the MTB shoe
I can only use flat pedals, I got joint misalignment issues, so I have to pop my feet back in place, I have to do it with my toes too,
and all pedals on the market are too small apart from Pedalling innovations Catalyst pedals, they offer more stability.
my current setup is Fiveten Freerider & Catalyst pedals.
I have ridden with Mid foot position since I started riding, ball position does not make any sense.
8:46 tecnically you can, but it’s nto desirable, you can if you tilt your feet/pedal, but it’s pontless to do so.
this guys knows his stuff!!!
if im the owner of the store i would give this guy a promotion.
More total BS sales crap . The only riders that need special shoes are professional racers and sport riders . Every advantage , no matter how minute is necessary .
For the average rider any pair of sneakers will do. I wore my dress shoes last week on my first ride of early spring and didn’t notice any appreciable difference to my worn out sneakers that i have to replace immediately 😂
flat and tennis for sure
This guy is a master at explaining
Anyone using their mtb shoes (SPD cleats) for road biking? It’s hard to walk on rb shoes (SPD-SL) and the cleats are damn so expensive.
Thank you for this video. I have been wondering about changing from sneakers to bike shoes – but I too have had unfortunate experiences with the "clips" that imprison the foot. Perhaps the multi-release cleat could be a start for me?
This guy needs a raise
Why does anything with the words "S-Works" cost so much damn money? 17K for the Turbo Levo S-Works, 500 for some S-Works shoes, that is a joke, I can buy Alpine Star Tech 10 motocross boots for 400 bucks, bicycles people, bicycles.
Great explanation. I am about to make the jump to clip in pedals on my road bike. I got the pedals that are flat on top and clip on the bottom.
This guy knows his onions, all right. What did we the cyclists do before the invent of Youtube and ebikereview,com?
catch me in my Crocs tho – you wont
Best explaining video out there. Thank you.
How did the guy almost break his wrist on something made for his foot
I’d rather ride with bare feet than listen to this shop background noise
Hi, I have very wide feet. I do mainly off road/mountain biking on my E-Bike. Any suggestion as to any brand and model I should research? I like the look of the Specailized S-Works but I fear that it may not be wide enough for me. My current shoes are Lake (wide fitting) but they’re hurting my bunions resulting in painful blisters. Anyone out there with good advice, pls.?
This was the video I’ve been needing to see thank you both for a truly educational eye opening video. I understand more about clip-less cycling shoes and pedals.
guy behind camera. , you don’t have to talk so fem like a woman….it is strange.
Should have used lesser fov/bigger aperture. his nose looks too big
‘"If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough." Excellent job! Best video I’ve found explaining the differences.
Really great explanation. Thanks!
Just what I needed: a brief orientation on the pedal systems. Well done! Plus, you answered the "why are they called clipless" question- I thought I must be confused. Thanks much!
One point not mentioned. I have ridden diamond frame bikes with clipless pedals. Pulling up as well as pushing may not be much of a difference on a diamond frame bike. It does however make a huge difference when ridding a recumbent bike/trike. Being able to pull makes starting faster and adds to the abiltiy to climb. On a recumbent being able to pull as well as push can mean pedaling a hill or walking up the hill. I prefer my recumbent to an upright bike, but on a recumbent you have top power it yourself as you dont have gravity and weight helping climb.
Wow the guy is good!!! Thanks!!!
Very very good story telling! nice job guys!
Too bad Peloton was bought out by Specialized.
I use stiff soled shoes with strapless toe clips. I don’t get the full "power" out of them, but I’m riding an E bike so it’s not that important. The strapless toe clips are easy to get into AND out of, but they keep my foot steady on the pedal. At my age, I can’t afford to fall while "learning" how to clip in and out.
What is the BLUE shoe
Really informative and great information! Thanks from a newbie to spinning.
Great introduction, but as a beginner, I still think there is a TON more to learn here.
I bike around in rubber boots that are for the winter.
Great job best information I ever seen
Why in hell would you dislike the video ? Idiots…