Just about every cyclist has one goal - go further, faster. There are lots of ways to get there, but after you've trained hard and dropped weight from your bike, you have to focus on the one thing that really matters - biomechanics.
THE BASICS ---
Cycling further, faster comes from a combination of factors - the right training, nutrition, bike setup, and biomechanics. Adding the right pair of biking insoles to your cleats can help by giving you a better ride.
Cycling concentrates maximum pressure over a small area at the ball of your foot which can lead to common issues like 'hot spots' and the tingling that happens when your feet fall asleep.
Getting the right amount of arch support in your cycling shoes can help with common biking foot issues as well as problems associated with poor musculoskeletal alignment.
By evenly distributing the force of your pedal stroke and aligning the bones in your feet for optimal biomechanics, insoles increase your speed and comfort.
We recommend Tread Labs Dash Insoles for cyclists who want to improve their biomechanics. Featuring a carbon fiber arch support and ventilated top cover, Dash insoles provide superior energy return through a firm arch support.
Cycling shoes rely on a snug fit and a stiff sole to transmit power from your foot to your bike. Cleated shoes minimize wasted energy between your shoe and the pedal. But, is the connection between your foot and your shoe as efficient as it could be?
Do the Math
Cycling puts a tremendous amount of force on a small area of your foot (mainly the ball of the foot), especially on longer rides. Stiff soles help to spread this force, but without a supportive insole, much of the stress will still be on the ball of your foot.
Ever wonder how many times you actually spin your pedals on a longer ride?
Do the math: a 2-hour ride at a cadence (pedal revolutions/minute) of 85
2 (hours) x 60 (minutes) x 85 (cadence) = 10,200 pedal revolutions.
Yikes! No wonder your feet get sore.
Cycling Insoles Help Eliminate Sore Feet
Long-distance rides demand more from your cycling footwear. Feet fall asleep. Hot spots develop under the ball of your foot. Your feet get sore or tingly. Bike shoe insoles can help in these ways:
Eliminate hotspots - distribute pedal pressure over a greater area of the foot, preventing hot spots.
Lock your foot in place - Less strap pressure is needed to keep your feet snug in your shoes because your arch locks into the contour of the insole.
Minimize slippage - Arch support makes shoes fit better. A better fit reduces friction, keeping feet cooler and more comfortable.
Reduce forefoot pressure - Avoid the uncomfortable sensation when your foot falls asleep.
What Can The Best Cycling Insoles Do?
Insoles are like bikes. They need to fit well and they need to be firm enough to efficiently turn your power into speed. When you're thinking about buying insoles for your bike shoes, look for ones that:
Fit your feet perfectly. You wouldn't consider getting a one-size-fits-all bike. So why would you get a one-size-fits-all insole? Find an insole that comes in different arch heights so you can choose the ones that match the contours of your feet.
Give Firm Support. Like a good bike frame, insoles need to be firm enough for power transfer, and compliant enough for comfort. Grinding up a hill or sprinting to catch your friends generates significant forces on your feet. You won't get the support you need from foam or soft plastic insoles that are easily deflected.
Are Thin And Light. You're a maniac about shedding weight from your bike, so don't go and add it to your shoes. Find insoles that are not just lightweight, but durable enough to hold up to the miles you'll put on them.
You've spent a few bucks on your ride and whether you're racking up the miles or hitting shorter distances, you know how important comfortable feet are. Make your ride even better by adding a pair of insoles to your cycling shoes and see how much further you can go.
Mark has always believed exceptional footwear can change lives. He's been in the footwear industry for over 30 years, working with podiatrists, pedorthists, foot care experts, and footwear makers. Mark started Chaco sandals in 1989 and developed a game-changing sport sandal that delivered comfort and durability. After Chaco sold in 2009, Mark ultimately started Tread Labs to continue transforming people's footwear so they can walk better, feel better, live better.