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Old 02-15-17, 11:13 AM
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Good shoe or sneaker to wear riding.

Hi

I'm just getting back into riding. Bought a Trek Verve II and love it for going around neighborhood and area. I try to get out every day and ride for a bit though on days off ride more.

I have been wearing my Ascic running shoes and found that my left big toe is sore and stiff. I thought I had the foot on the pedals properly, on the ball of the foot. I'm wondering if the sneaker I wear isn't supportive enough. I have the plain pedals that come with it. Never had this problem on my old Schwinn Sports Tourer with toe clips.

I was thinking of getting a walking shoe or New Balance cross trainer sneakers, more solid sole and lateral support.

Input appreciated.
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Old 02-15-17, 12:00 PM
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I ride for fitness & excercise - never use toeclips or clip ins. Even my drop bar racing bikes have MKS style platform pedals. I wear ordinary track shoes w/vibram soles. I think they're made by Merrell or somebody similar. Also - Riding with cars - I always wear high visibility bright colored track shoes (shirts, socks, pants too). The Merrells are bright yellow. Every little bit helps.
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Lots of bikes come with plastic pedals that are pretty narrow and not supportive.
These tend to be standard: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...f_rd_i=3404891

Large platform pedals are much better suited to using with sneakers. You want something like these:
https://www.amazon.com/Wellgo-MG-1-M...n%3A5591799011

I'd try swapping pedals first, then if you still have issues look into cycling specific shoes.
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Old 02-15-17, 12:13 PM
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https://www.amazon.com/Ergon-4801000...on+bike+pedals

use these even barefoot or in flip flops
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Old 02-15-17, 01:46 PM
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I would recommend that you use open toe clips. This systems will give you some of the benefits of toe clips or clipless without the need for any kind of special shoe with one caveat: You need to protect the top of your foot.
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Old 02-15-17, 03:43 PM
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I made a few adjustments for my comfort hybrid when I resumed riding in 2015. The bike came with pretty comfortable platform pedals so I kept those.

In fact I liked the platforms so well, when I got a 1990s mountain bike a year later I swapped out the original toe clip compatible cage pedals for a set of Stolen Bike Thermalite platforms. Great pedals for only $15-$25. Like 'em well enough if they wear out I'll upgrade to a better set of similarly shaped platforms. I'm not interested in toe clips or clipless for my casual riding bikes, although I may eventually go clipless if I ever get back to a road bike.

I moved my foot forward closer to the arch being centered over the pedal axle. This felt more natural, between the bike's more relaxed frame geometry (compared with my 1970s 10 speed) and more upright riding position. The cramps in my arches and calves stopped.

I scooted the saddle forward a bit. Again, felt like a more natural position with less knee strain. Most recommendations I'd read online were to move the saddles back, but those were for road bikes.

I use the seat post quick release generously to suit whatever shoes I'm wearing. Usually I wear Montrail low top hiking shoes or Merrell high top cycling shoes (not clipless or cleated, just plain soles for platform pedals). Sometimes I wear heavy winter boots in cold weather, or thin deck shoes in summer. So I'll adjust the seat post height to suit the shoes and retain the same pedaling feel.

If you want some casual shoes that are suitable for cycling and walking check out Five Ten Freeriders, Pearl Izumi trail running shoes (stiff enough soles for cycling), Merrell, DZR and others. Five Ten may be the best made, pricey but probably worth it. I've been wearing Merrell high tops for a couple of months and like 'em, but plan to get some Five Ten Freeriders for spring and summer. Tried the Five Tens at the local REI and they were really comfortable and well made.

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Old 02-15-17, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
https://www.amazon.com/Ergon-4801000...on+bike+pedals

use these even barefoot or in flip flops
Have these on my hybrid. I highly recommend them. Wrap around reflectors and a concave pedal platform that you can "feel." Great to climb in. I ride these with a Birkenstock hightop sneaker. These have a strong footbed. Best of both worlds imho!
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Old 02-15-17, 04:06 PM
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Depending on how much you want to spend Five Ten shoes maybe an option
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Old 02-15-17, 05:14 PM
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Five-tens are great, my son loves them, but beware if you have hardwood floors! The softer sole material they use leaves marks everywhere.
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Any recommendations from the Nike lines? I enjoy the looks of the brand more!
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Old 02-15-17, 07:56 PM
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I'm thinking changing pedals may be the way to go. I will first try my walking shoes to see if its a shoe or pedal issue though... but that Ergon pedal looks really nice.

Your feet don't slip off it?
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Some people can keep their feet flat in any kind shoe. Not me. I can't stop raising my heel and bending the foot right at the toes. Which causes cramps and pain. And is also inefficient for power transfer. So I wear hard soled bike shoes on platform pedals. Sometimes I wear birks for summer rides as they have a pretty stiff sole as well. But most sneakers or shoes don't really work for me if I'm riding any distance.
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Old 02-15-17, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
Some people can keep their feet flat in any kind shoe. Not me. I can't stop raising my heel and bending the foot right at the toes. Which causes cramps and pain. And is also inefficient for power transfer. So I wear hard soled bike shoes on platform pedals. Sometimes I wear birks for summer rides as they have a pretty stiff sole as well. But most sneakers or shoes don't really work for me if I'm riding any distance.

I never had to think about this until now. I had my old schwinn, my mongoose that I traded in... only now is my left big to giving me issues. I have those black plastic pedals... are they THAT much smaller? I really never thought about it.
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Old 02-15-17, 10:01 PM
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Sounds like your problem is more the pedals than the shoes.

These pedals are my recommendation,
VP Components VP-Vice Pedals
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Old 02-16-17, 12:06 AM
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So I bought my wife some Nike Metcon 2s for riding in after she was scared off of SPDs. When I'm making quick jaunts to the gym I wear mine as well. They have a very sticky sole so you don't get slippage and they have a very firm sole for comfy pushing. She did a 50k in them a few weeks ago with no discomfort.
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I find Merrel low top hiking shoes comfortable. They have a wide toe box.
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Old 02-16-17, 06:20 AM
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Any recommendations from the Nike lines? I enjoy the looks of the brand more!
My usual go-to shoe on my flat pedal commuter are Nike SBs (SkateBoard), specifically the Janoski line since their treads work great with pinned pedals

Stefan Janoski Skate Shoes. Nike.com
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Agreed back in the 90s I'd use Nike skate shoes and Triple Trap pedals on my Redline 440.
Showing off as a Kid over a jump only to scrap your shins on those pedals.
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Old 02-16-17, 06:38 AM
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I'll add that it's likely that you're pushing too hard in a high gear, putting extra stress on your feet. Try downshifting one gear and spinning faster to make up the difference.
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Old 02-16-17, 06:46 AM
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I prefer Sports Shoes Over Sneaker, Because during change of gear Sneaker is not that comfortable
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Avoid anything categorized as a 'Running' shoe. Running shoes, by their nature are designed to be quite flexible through the midfoot and toe, which does not help with the way power is transfered to the pedals on a bike. The current trend of lightly structured, foam soled runners (Nike Flex, Brooks Pure, Asics 33's) are particularly ill suited to cycling use.

A 'cross trainer' or 'trail hiking' shoe usually has a full rubber outsole, and a more substantial mid-sole and arch, which will be more comfortable on the bike, and still good off the bike as well.

As a test, hold the heel of the shoe in one hand, and the toe in the other, and try to bend the shoe, like your'e closing a book. The harder it is to bend, the more support it will give you on the pedals.
There's a reason cycling shoes have rigid plastic / carbon fibre soles on them.

Also, the pedals. If you're going to ride in 'sneakers,' bigger is better. I like BMX style platforms, with pins, like the VP's shown above. The larger platform is good for support, and the pins priovide good grip.
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Converse Chuck Taylor's , low or high .

MKS sneaker or MKS grip king pedals .
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I went out and rode 6.5 miles with my Rockport walking shoes, much better. I also was more aware of having my foot a little more forward, the ball of the foot in line with the pedal axle.. I will look at some New Balance Cross Trainers, they are usually more stiff than the Ascic's

I definitely was not pedaling too hard, I keep an okay pace around 11.5 mph, using a gear thats not too hard.
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i'll second (or third or whatever we're up to) the large plat form pedals. I have a couple of Welgos, a set of over price Crank Bros I like. Some cheap plastic one's that are completely fine.

Ultimately it comes down to what works for you. So whatever works - do that.
I rode 380 miles over 5 days in a set of floppy Tom's and had no problems. I frequently ride in minimalist running shoes with no problems.

From what you describe in your original post, I'm thinking snugging up your shoe laces might prevent your foot sliding forward in your shoe. Just a thought.

Last thought (promise), I'm going to switch to a non-mesh shoe. I was biking the other day in about 35F weather, and my mesh running shoe was just nothing. Feet were freezing! Probably Sambas.

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Originally Posted by pakeboi View Post
Converse Chuck Taylor's , low or high .

MKS sneaker or MKS grip king pedals .
+1 for grip kings. They look a little Game of Thrones-ish but they are fantastic. I can cycle on them in anything from clogs to work shoes to cheap sneakers and the largish platform prevents any hot spots. You can add pins to them if you want but I didn't. My favorite is Teva Freewheel casual sneakers for best grip and comfort.
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