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. Think for a moment about the connection between your foot and your shoe. Is it as efficient as it can be?
Cycling insoles prevent hot spots and numbness. They spread your power transmission over a broader area for more comfort and efficiency. If you want to go farther and you want to go faster, improve your biomechanics with arch support insoles.
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.
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.
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:
Insoles are like bikes. They need to fit well and they need to be firm enough to efficiently turn your power into speed.
You wouldn't consider getting a one size fits all bike. Likewise, don't settle for a one size fits all insole. You need insoles that come in multiple arch heights to match the contours of your feet.
And 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. Foam or soft plastic insoles that are easily deflected won't give you the support you need. Your insoles need to be as strong as you are.
Cycling is in our DNA. I have been a passionate cyclist for a very long time and have seen many bikes and trends come and go. The desire to go farther, faster will never go away. And the need for comfort, the secrect sause that enables both speed and distance, will always get attention.
Tread labs insoles live in my road and mountain shoes and have vastly increased my comfort. Here in eastern MA, many of my cycling friends have found greater comfort with strong arch support.
You've spent a few bucks on your ride. If you've put on srious miles, you know the importance of comfort. I'll leave it up to you.
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