Sometimes when people think of bike clothing, they think of Lycra shorts, aerodynamic helmets, and funny shoes. But biking isn’t always Lycra and aero. Sometimes you just want to hop on your bike and head to the coffee shop with friends, or go for a casual ride around the lakes. Believe it or not, you can still have performance and be stylish and casual.
At ERIK’S we carry a variety of casual cycling shoes. These shoes balance performance with style. You can wear them with shorts and a t-shirt as you cruise the bike paths or with your khaki pants and polo as you ride to work. You don’t need to be an extreme cyclist to wear these. And if you are riding to work, or to a coffee shop with friends, you don’t need to pack extra shoes. These shoes are designed to be worn on and off the bike.
Benefits of Cycling Shoes Vs. Regular Tennis Shoes
You may be wondering why you would want to get cycling shoes that look just like your every day shoes. One reason is flex. Your regular tennis shoes are meant to flex as you walk. If you grab your tennis shoe and push the toe of the shoe back towards the laces, it will most likely bend to the point where it is almost touching the laces. You won’t be able to do this with cycling shoes because the soles are stiff. When you’re biking at stiffer shoe is a good thing. A stiffer shoe provides more support. You will be a lot more efficient and be able to put more power into your pedals.
Another benefit of cycling shoes, is that you can clip into your pedals if you so choose. Being able to clip in is going to give you added confidence that your feet won’t slip off the pedals. It will also allow you to pull up on one pedal as you push down with the other. This is going to add more power and efficiency to your pedal stroke. This added power and efficiency will be welcome on your commute home after a long day at the office.
Style for Everyone
As you can see in the pictures, there are a variety of styles of casual cycling shoes. Specialized makes the Cadette (featured at the top) that looks like a normal tennis shoe – prefect for the gym, rides around the lake or stops at the local ice cream shop. DZR has a line of shoes that can be a little more dressy for work. Through out our line of casual cycling shoes, there is something for everyone or every style.
So stop into your local ERIK’S and check out our different casual cycling shoes.