Newbie: Cycle Shoes help needed
Three weeks ago I purchase a Schwinn Mesa mountain bike and promptly had the tires changed out to smooth tred tires. My plan is to use to for some rare commuting but more to get some exercise. At the time of purchase I didn't think the speed of the bike was much of a concern since I was mainly out to get some exercise... boy was I wrong. I find myself wanting to go a little further or get to a known location a little faster!!! I'll normally do about 22 miles round trip (with a 30-50 minute break halfway) and maybe a 30 mile round trip one day on the weekend.
Anyway, I have noticed some foot cramps and now (I can't believe I'm considering this) I'm looking into some real bike shoes. I've been checking on eBay because I really need to keep my spending down to a minimum, I've already exceeded the initial cost of the bike in accessories and clothing!!
There appears to be two general categories of shoes Road and Mountain... from what I can tell they both have some sort of clip or locking mechanism that mates up with the peddle.
I think all I need is some shoes with hard soles to minimize my foot flexing, tiring and eventually cramping. I don't need and I don't think I want any of those interlocking shoes-peddles.
Are there just some hard-sole biking shoes that don't lock into a system? What are these called?
The other thing I was hoping to find (besides a hard sole) was a shoe without laces... just some velcro staps or other fast connecting system.
Thanks in advance and sorry for not knowing much... it's been about 32 years since I last owned a bike.