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To footbeds/inserts or not?

Old 07-19-11, 07:49 AM
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To footbeds/inserts or not?

I'm going to pick up my first road bike this weekend and the bike shop recommended purchasing footbeds to go with my shoes. I have no experience with road bike shoes and wasn't sure if these were necessary. Any suggestions?
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Since it's your first bike I'm going to assume you haven't riden with your shows yet? If not, I'd suggest riding without the footbeds and seeing if you need them--no need to spend the money unnecessarily.
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Yeah, first bike to ride with shoes. The bike shop guy said he preferred them because he can give a better fit and can eliminate hip rocking I think.
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Most people don't use special insoles unless they have a problem with the stock insoles. Expensive insoles can improve your shoe fit and/or your knee alignment.
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most shoes come with cheesy inserts...
many riders seem to soldier along with these anyway
a good footbed which matches what might best support you well, is money well spent.
finding what might be best work for you, would be a worthwhile first upgrade.
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what i'm using. my exustar shoes are great but came with ****ty insoles. these insoles are user heat-moldable and i use them in my skiboots and skates as well.
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I added Specialized BG footbeds to my Sidi shoes after I found that the stock insoles were too thin.

I had two problems that I might have avoided by buying them together:
  1. I bought the shoes to fit without accounting for the space taken up by the footbeds. Their fit went from right on to a little tight, but strap adjustment accommodated most of it.
  2. The Sidi last (base mold) has a lot of arch support, so that plus the Blue ++ (medium) footbed was too much arch support. The Red + (low) might have been okay, but I had already cut them to fit. I ended up shaving material from the bottom.
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This product https://esoles2.com/store/eFit-SUPPOR...0.aspx#reviews allows customization from the start, and support can be increased later when the foot becomes accustomed to the beginning stages.
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Tons of info: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/728195-Insoles...
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