Biking’s supposed to be fun, but injuries can quickly put an end to that. And bike injuries can be quite severe.
How do you keep your feet and ankles safe when you’re riding your bike this summer? Follow the tips below:
Sandals and flip-flops just don’t offer your feet much protection. Avoid wearing them while you’re biking. They also leave the tops of your feet exposed, which can lead to sunburns. You likely won’t remember to put sunscreen on the tops of your feet (on your first few rides anyway).
You can get special sport sandals that do work for biking. But even better is special cycling shoes, or at least your running or walking shoes.
Because biking’s exploded so much in popularity in recent years, you have nearly infinite choices when it comes to footwear. You can get biking shoes specifically designed for riding on the road, off-road purposes, or just for cruising around in the city.
Shoes designed for riding on the road aren’t also designed for walking. So, wear them when you’re on your bike only. Mountain biking shoes are designed for walking, so you can walk in them without causing any damage or jeopardizing the safety of your feet.
The shoes you choose should fit comfortably. Your arch should feel snug and supported, but your heel shouldn’t slip up or down. Your heel may slip a little while walking, so you’ll have to determine whether this is because of a poor fit or the stiffness of the soles.
If the cleats of your biking shoes slip off your pedals unexpectedly, they need replacement. You’ll also need to replace them if you notice they’re cracked or broken.
If you’re a frequent rider, you may need to change your cleats each year. If you’re the more casual type, your cleats can last up to 5 years. If you have to replace your cleats, you typically only have one choice designed to match your pedal type. Bring them along with you or take a picture with your phone so you can easily find the proper replacement fit.
Enjoy Riding This Summer
When you make your footwear a priority, summer cycling stays fun and safe. And you avoid any unexpected trips to the doctor or emergency room.
So have a fun summer – and remember to always examine cycling shoes before you ride.
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