Lately, we’ve had a lot of questions about indoor cycling shoes. While Taylor and I are in the process of getting rentals for the studio, we hope this post helps people who may want to buy their own pair of shoes.
While rentals can be convenient for new riders, I recommend investing in a pair of your own shoes. Rented shoes are worn by many, so they’ll never truly fit to your foot. Additionally, owning your own pair of shoes can offer peace of mind to our Southside sixers who might be germaphobes J
Spinning shoes are designed with a stiff sole making the power of your ride transfer directly from your leg to the bike, rather than be absorbed in the cushion of a tennis shoe. Spinning shoes can also prevent injury. While tennis shoes are fine, a clipped in shoe makes sure to prevent the ankle and foot from bending and sliding during class, especially during sprints. Being clipped into your pedal during class ensures engagement of your hamstrings, calves, glutes and core, in addition to your quads. Say goodbye to quad dominance!
There are two different types of cleats when it comes to indoor pedal systems; a delta (three hole) system and a SPD (two hole) system. 6YCLE uses the SPD system. However, if you find a pair of delta shoes you absolutely LOVE you can buy an adapter that will turn a delta system into a SPD system… who’s lost? Cause I think I am and I just typed that. Essentially, you can buy any shoe you want, but some may require additional equipment.
Delta system shoes such as these, are made for speed and endurance. However, they cannot be used in a hybrid class. These will require an adapter, thus making the sole of the shoe lifted when stepping on the floor. During a squat or lunge, you wouldn’t be able to have proper form and you could potentially injure yourself.
SPD system shoes are typically made for indoor cycling and have a rubber sole surrounding the cleat. Therefore, these are primarily flat on the bottom and can be used in hybrid classes. Theseare super cute and affordable! Keep your eyes peeled, because we may just start retailing them!
As always, please feel free to comment any questions you may have about indoor cycling shoes. Or we can always chat at the studio! See you soon!