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Choosing the Right Cycling Shoes
With the sport of cycling increasing in popularity, it is important to wear the right shoe to protect your feet from the stress of pedaling. Select a shoe from among models designed for racing and mountain biking. For the casual rider without known foot problems, cross-training shoes provide the necessary support across the arch and instep, and can be used for other purposes. They also provide the heel lift that cycling shoes give. Combination cycling-hiking shoes meet the needs of the casual rider as well, and have become popular.
The use of toe clips and their degree of sophistication began to seperate the casual rider from the more serious devotee. Toe clips range from traditional clips to newer shoe-cleat ensembles, "clipless systems" that resemble ski bindings. Many companies model their units on the French manufacturer Looka . A Look-compatible unit will offer the most diverse combinations of shoes and clips from which to choose.
Proper shoes and clips working as a unit are important to achieve maxium efficiency in transferring power generated by the hips to the foot. For most efficient pedaling, shoes should extend fully under the ball of the foot.
(Information based on a document produced in cooperation with the: American Podiatric Medical Association.)
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