Hi. I am mostly riding indoors and recently bought a nice pair of dmt kr 0. I already have cheaper shoes that can be dedicated to my indoor sessions but the Dmt shoes are so comfortable and it is much stiffer than my other shoes. Do you recommend using such an expensive shoe for indoor sessions?
If able you should ride in a single pair of quality shoes IMO, to the point I would try and have pedals on both bikes that work with whatever your normal shoes are. Cheaper than buying another pair of shoes.
Why would you need different shoes for indoor training vs outside?
Different cleat requirements came to mind, but it’s cheaper to buy a pair of pedals that works with the cleats you have.
With how much I sweat, having a second pair of shoes is so nice. Because there is no worse feeling than putting on a cold wet pair of shoes to start your workout.
Thanks for reply. I am asking this because I thought that sweat can be harmful and I think indoor sessions generates more sweat in the foot than outdoors. I didn’t have any bad experience with cheaper shoes in the past but these shoes has a very different upper than most cycling shoes. It seems more fragile than other shoes that I have used in the past.
Any reasoning to this?
Asking as somebody with 4 pairs of shoes that I rotate through depending on the day.
Fit issues for the most part. Usually want to keep things as consistent as possible to help eliminate variables for overuse type injuries. IMO better to invest in one great pair properly shimmed and such.
If it works for you, keep at it. Just no reason you need different shoes for the trainer. Admittedly I don’t deal with the sweat problem mentioned above, so that could be a thing.
If you’re riding a bunch of different bikes it can make sense to make sure the fit is dialed for all of them. That might be a case for multiple shoes if there are fit differences.
I am sure there are other reasons you might want multiple pairs that I’m not thinking of.
Interesting. I mostly have multiple pairs because I like different colors. So I’ll match or contrast my kit with my shoes. Getting the cleat set up initially is definitely a little process, and I will say that I can feel the slight difference in cleat position between shoes. But I’ve never had any issues with it. One pair is a knit pair as well that I won’t use in colder weather because my feet freeze. Funnily enough they’re my favorite pair but I only wear them in warm weather. The added benefit of 4 pairs of shoes is as I said above. I can wear a different pair every day and never deal with wet shoes. Or if it rains or I have two workouts/events in the same day. It’s nice to have a fresh pair.
I get that. Haven’t had to deal with that on the bike. In my running days I rotated shoes daily for specific reasons (foam cushion compression), so I would find a pair that worked each season and buy 4 pairs at a time. Two to rotate and then two to replace the first two eventually. There are reasons, as I mentioned, that I’m sure I’m not thinking of, but you don’t have to have a different setup indoors vs outside just because.
Oh yea I agree with this. It’s more of an added benefit rather than intentionally having two setups. I’m a sucker for shoes. I might have more pairs than my wife.
I could never out do my wife with shoes. I do have 2 identical pairs I rotate. Soon as they go on sale again I’ll get a third pair. I like to break them in slowly.
Fair point, but rotating through multiple shoes isn’t what the op actually asked about.
Mechanically, I think a good pair of bike shoes takes a long time to actually wear out, so I don’t see a strong reason to have a lesser pair for indoors. The materials typically used in uppers, like synthetic leather, shouldn’t be degraded by sweat. Of course, if you have actual leather shoes, then maybe do have that spare pair. I have actual leather bar tape on my main bike, but that’s a highly idiosyncratic choice.
Especially if you’re going to be indoors training a lot, having a nice pair of shoes can make or break your training.
Apply this same logic to EVERYTHING about your indoor training setup:
- wear great bibs
- wear great shoes
- run great fans
- use a well-fitting bike (doesn’t have to be a great bike, but a great saddle, good cockpit setup with good tape, etc.)
It’s a mistake to scrimp on your indoor riding because it already sucks more than riding outside in a few ways. Investing in a little more comfort inside can pay real dividends.
This a thousand times over. Agree with everything you said.