You definitely want to use cycling shoes when riding. A running shoe is flexible vs. a cycling shoe which is very rigid. If you continue to wear running shoes you will have problems (major pain)with your arches.
There are ways to keep your feet warm while riding: neoprene socks, shoe covers are two things to consider. Also wool cycling socks help.
There are few websites that have cycling shoes as discount: www.performancebike.com www.pricepoint.com and www.nashbar.com
The shoes come in European sizes and fit varies based on the shoes maker. I suggest you stop by your local bike shop and try on a few pairs to get the sizing then order online. I have three pairs of shoes and all three are men’s shoes (I wear a women’s size 10)
There are 2 types of shoes: road shoes and mountain bike shoes. The mountain bike shoes weigh a little more because they have rubber spikes that road shoes don’t have. With road shoes you’ll walk on the cleats, which can be slippery since they are made with medal. With a mountain bike shoes you walk on the rubber spikes.
Once you decide on the shoes, then you have to decide on the clips you’ll use. I use SPDs. If you do spinning classes, the spinning bikes usually have SPD pedals. If you want to be a hard core roadie, consider look pedals and cleats. On, yeah, you’ll also have to buy the pedals that match your cleats (not a cheap sport!). I know a few friends who love the egg beater system, but I have not used them.
Getting the shoes will make big difference, buying the pedales and cleats will mke an even bigger difference. Once you clip in you can push and pull one the pedal: much more efficient.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
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