A long ride to the grocery store today in tennis shoes and it's the first time in a very long time that I didn't ride in my normal cycling shoes. I was pushing a 48x16 which is normally a fairly easy gear for me, but today my legs were totally shot by the time I got home. Maybe it was all the extra weight from the groceries. Or maybe it was the shoes? I don't know, but I definitely couldn't push the same gear I'm accustomed to. Does anybody gear down when riding in tennis shoes? How many cogs lower do you go?
Oops. Edit added. I forgot to mention that my bike is set up with clipless pedals, so today's ride is with sneakers + clipless pedals (not even toe clips/straps). Anybody else in this situation? Do you swap to lower cogs when riding in sneakers?