Bike Shoes: How to Choose?
Our tips to help you buy the perfect cycling shoes
Mountain Bike Shoes, Road Shoes, Triathlon shoes: how to choose the right model?
It’s no secret, to achieve the best results we all benefit from choosing the best tools to help your performance.
If you want to ride a bike, you can just take the first pair of shoes you find and just go and enjoy the pleasure of the ride. But if you are an athlete or someone that regularly rides a bike, it's very important to choose the right shoe, designed specifically to match all of your needs.
First of all the perfect shoes should allow the foot to be in the correct position while pedaling, transmitting the force directly to the pedals without any loss of energy. Soles are another important part to consider: the best ones feature reduced thickness without reducing the power transmission. The thrust area, to be more effective, has to be placed next to the pedal, as the mechanical energy transferred from the shoe to the pedal is concentrated in a small area.
During the process of buying a good pair of cycling shoes never forget to take into account the discipline and the type of bike you’re riding with, and also never forget about the season: winter cycling shoes for example need specific insulating constructions in order to face the harshest weather conditions.
Road Bike Shoes
The sole must be light, very light. That’s one of the top features of our Ultralight full carbon sole which provides maximum stiffness, minimal thickness and truly unrivaled lightness. If you prefer a little more flex, then you should probably look for pair of shoes with a sole made of a blend of nylon reinforced with fiberglass and enriched with carbon.
Many Northwave products are designed with BioMap technology. Northwave soles, uppers and all their components are anatomically compatible with every cyclist’s feet and designed to keep the foot in the right position while pedaling, transmitting power directly to the pedals without wasting any energy.
Our high end models feature a gripping unidirectional fiber on the heel area, in order to facilitate the entrance but at the same time prevent the heel from slipping and provide a perfect foot hold.
Another important detail, usually undervalued, is the cyclist’ safety under low visibility conditions. Wearing Northwave’s high visibility products is a smart and wise choice whether you move in the chaotic city traffic or in the low light extra-urban roads. With our solutions, car and truck drivers can easily recognize the cyclist’s presence and maintain the right safety distance.
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Mountain Bike Shoes
Performance, lightness and protection: those are the key words that every MTB cyclist needs to face even the most extreme conditions. The hyperlight XC sole, full carbon with unidirectional fibers and Michelin Technical soles super gripping natural rubber has it all, this is why it’s often called as the benchmark for XC soles.
The feet of an MTB cyclist need to be protected from any injuries caused by branches or stones while out on the trails: a good mountain bike shoe, then, takes huge benefit from reinforced thermowelded protections.
Northwave offers an “Integrated Heel System” which is part of a unibody construction of the uppers that allows integrating an efficient heel retention system inside the structure, without the need of external elements. Same efficiency, reduced weight.
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The needs of a Thriatlon athlete are even more peculiar and demanding. Lightness, versatility and a correct ventilation must be granted. Every single drop of energy is precious, that’s why Northwave shoes are designed with BioMap technology. Northwave soles, uppers and all their components are anatomically compatible with every cyclist’s feet and are designed to keep the foot in the right position while pedaling, transmitting power directly to the pedals without wasting any energy.
The sole should be 100% made of carbon or enriched with fiberglass, to provide excellente power transmission. Also, never forget about using a specific upper for Triathlon. Our uppers are made of a fast wicking microfiber with easy entrance system that saves precious seconds when you get off from the swimming pool.
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Bike Shoes Closing System
The closing system is also important. An asymmetrical construction is another innovation we provide. The central strap is moved to the center so as to follow the anatomy of the foot and reduce the pressure on the side area, because it's particularly sensitive. The straps have been lightened by all superfluous elements, presenting thinner thicknesses and discharged central areas, thereby maintaining maximum grip.
In some of our top model you can find the innovative micrometric system S.L.W. 2 (Speed Lace Winch), that grants maximum precision and modularity.
The innovative step by step closure means you can tighten and enlarge the fit in a few moments. The side button provides a dual function: by pressing, it features a micrometric release and lifting it allows a complete and immediate opening of the shoe. The dial has been completely redesigned in size and weight, resulting in being significantly lighter and thinner. The external covering in soft touch material also makes the grip more effective. The ergonomic shape of the S.L.W. 2 ratchet follows the anatomy of the foot to make it really comfortable. The S.L.W. 2 ratchet is easily replaceable, with the cables that used the best technology derived from the world of sailing.
Bike Shoes: Care & Maintenance
As for every other product, is important to follow the right care and maintenance instructions in order to keep the quality of the shoes and hence their functionality. Here’s some useful tips to take care of your new pair of bike shoes:
- Ensure that the cleat/pedal are clean before using. Remove inner sole after use or generally when wet.
- Wash with cold water and a neutral agent. Do not wash in washing-machine or with air water pressure.
- Leave the shoes to dry in shaded environmentwith sufficient air flow. Do not put them to dry in direct sunlight or with direct heat (Hairdryer/fan/radiator/chimney etc).
- Keep shoes in a dry shaded environment away from any heat source. Do not keep shoes in airtight container (plastic bags etc.)