Mountain bike shoes are an integral part of your mountain biking accessories since the right shoes can make your ride comfortable. These shoes can help you to handle strenuous pedaling and difficult situations like feet swelling etc. during long mountain biking trips. There are a wide variety of mountain bike shoes available nowadays ranging from Clipless pedal shoes to custom-made mountain bike shoes. However there are some basic as well as individual specific factors which can help you decide and select your mountain bike shoes.
Mountain bike shoes come in a variety of prices, from the inexpensive $70 range, up to over $400. The amount of money you pay depends entirely on whether or not you are a casual, once-a-month rider, a serious hobbyist, or someone who competes in races – either amateur or professional.
Investing in a good pair of mountain bike shoes is essential since they can comfort your feet and prove enjoyable, safe and efficient while you go mountain biking. Nowadays you can easily find shoes designed for use with clipless pedals as well as shoes with toe clips and standard pedals which give bikers the opportunity to pick and choose. However in the past the choices were limited and clipless pedals did not exist. Bikers had to struggle with shoeshaving toe-clips and this sometimes caused hindrance while riding. For instance, if there was an accident during the race, the biker could not free his feet from the toe-clips thus causing the biker to fall with the bike and hurt himself as well as damage the bike.
Mountain bike shoes should not have laces that can become wrapped up in the bike chain, should allow extra room for swelling feet, and, most importantly, they should be comfortable. If you want more pedaling power, then you will want to choose mountain bike shoes with a stiffer sole. If you think that you will be walking a great deal in your mountain bike shoes, then you will want to choose a more flexible sole. If you are not sure which mountain bike shoes are best for you, then ask for help at your local bike shop or a reputable online bicycle store.
In the world of cycling, you will find that there are specific manufacturers that are good at a specific area of cycling. Other sporting goods manufacturers try to be good at many different types of merchandise, but cycling manufacturers usually concentrate and focus on a specific area of cycling. They try to make the best version of that particular item as possible. One example of this is Fox clothing. They are well-known for their cycling clothing for both men and women.
Unlike in the past, mountain bike shoes can be custom-made to suit your liking or your specific requirement or the type of terrain you wish to explore during your next mountain biking trip. The basic principle to follow is that your mountain bikes pedals determine the type of shoes you should wear. Though having mountain bike shoes with either Velcro straps or complex straps instead of laces is a good choice since such shoes can be opened or unhooked.
Also some more aspects for consideration while buying your mountain bike shoes is that the shoe should be a little curved at the ball of the foot and the soles should be smooth, tough and inflexible. Basically the shoes should be adaptable while you are mountain biking.