I use Shimano SPD pedals and trainer-type shoes with appropriate cleats. My problem is that after cycling between 20 and 30 miles, on partly strenuous routes, the soles of my feet become sore, so much so that I have to return home. I am thinking of changing pedals and/or shoes. Any advice as to what type?
Laurence Gough, via email
For longer rides, you need a shoe with a more rigid sole. What's making your feet sore is the degree of flex in your trainers: they're fine for commuting, and convenient to walk around in, but a stiffer-soled cycling shoe will prove more comfortable and more efficient (you're losing power at the moment).
There is a school of thought that says a broader platform of pedal makes for more comfort, but I race year-round with SPD pedals - they're a great binding mechanism.
So all you need is a competition mountain-bike shoe, which can be as stiff as any road shoe but is designed to take the recessed SPD cleat. I use the Sidi brand, but Shimano shoes are good value.
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