Spin Shoes: Yes, it is possible to do spinning without the right shoes by buckling your sneaker into the pedal cage (below), but it's simply not the same. My instructor had been on me to get spin shoes for some time, and I finally got around to it when I noticed that my performance was suffering because my feet felt loose or I was unable to sprint in standing positions.
^This is what the pedal looks like on a Spinning bike. You can either turn it over to slide your regular sneaker into the little cage there, and pull the strap to tighten, OR you can clip your spin shoe directly onto the top of the pedal, and they move, connected.
I spin once or twice each week. My sneakers were no longer cutting it. They were limiting the effectiveness of my workout. It was time to upgrade and act like the spinner I've become.
Meredith Gets Spinning Shoes:
Off I went to my local cycling store, recommended by my instructor. I love browsing specialty athletics stores; you really learn how every domain has such depth to its tools, apparel, and technique.
First, my salesman Isaac (Hi, Isaac!) had me step on this square that would show the arch of my feet. Turns out, I've got medium arch feet.
He described a couple of the shoes to me and then got a pair from the back for me to try on. He checked the fit, and...
That was easy. WAY quicker and easier than I anticipated, based on my experience getting running shoes.
Snazzy black, right? They're from the company Specialized, specifically the "Body Geometry" shoe--"Riata Mtb Women"... from what I can tell :) This is not my area of specialty. Among the many other products they seem to offer, they make these spinning shoes. That is all I know.
Also had to get this Shimano clip to attach to the bottom of the shoe. This is what will, well, clip the shoe into the spin bike's pedals, so that my feet become one with the pedals, rather than my regular sneaker sliding in and out of the cage.
(This was further proof that I knew nothing about cycling. The shoe alone was for real bicycles. Who knew that outdoor cyclists use special shoes for their bikes?? I have much to learn.)
And that was that! I was now a proud owner of spin shoes.
|New spinning shoes in action!|
Sorry for the lack of smile -- struggling to balance and photograph
So there you have it! That's the story of Meredith's First Spinning Shoes. Any questions? comments? Suggestions?
Do you spinning shoes for your cycling--indoor or outdoor, or do you stick with sneakers?
If you're into spinning and still using sneaks, I dare you to consider getting the proper shoes. They're worth it. (As are YOU!)