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Fitmiss2010-05-02 19:23:32 +0000 #1
I've been told that spin shoes might enhance an already good experience. Are there any others using spin shoes (not cleats)? If so, what brand did you purchase and where?

I have a medium-wide foot and a narrower heal. Any recommendations?
doc2010-05-02 19:34:45 +0000 #2
For spinning class you'll want to buy mountain biking shoes. You should attach cleats for optimal use, but even without they are better than sneakers. Do not buy road shoes because when you finally do decide to attach cleats you wont be able to walk in the gym with them.

I just bought some nike's that I love, but they are narrow. If you have a wide foot I have found shimano (mens) run really wide. They have an introductory level shoe with laces rather than velcro which runs about $54.

Consider cleats, they are great. And spin is a good place to practice with them because you can't fall over!
Irulan2010-05-02 19:50:23 +0000 #3
I've never heard of "spin shoes" Those of us that wear clips in class just wear cycling shoes with clip on them.

Irulan
Trek4202010-05-02 19:38:52 +0000 #4
doc sez "Do not buy road shoes because when you finally do decide to attach cleats you wont be able to walk in the gym with them."

true, dat, road shoes can be harder to walk in. But you probably don't do a round of free weights before or after your spin class, road shoes will be fine for in and out of the locker room, just be careful on the slippery tile.

I be a roadie and I wear mountain bike shoes on my road bike, lots of us do. I've never met a hill I was too proud to walk ;-) I cross train proudly so I wear shimano ATB shoes, stiff on the bike, comfy enough to walk in.

pretty good thread on the benefits of both......

forums.teamestrogen....highlight=road+shoes

"Consider cleats, they are great. And spin is a good place to practice with them because you can't fall over! "

yep, cleats rule and you can't fall over in spin class (I think) but beware the dreaded weighted front wheel.

When you get that buggy moving and you practice clipping in and out that baby keeps spinning...right into your bare uncliped leg.

For repitions and practice clipping in and out start slowiy before and after class, till you get used to clipping and unclipping with either leg and in any position or during class....but keep things slow and light.

Of course this works best if your spin class uses the same type of pedals as your bike does.
doc2010-05-02 20:37:23 +0000 #5
"true, dat, road shoes can be harder to walk in. But you probably don't do a round of free weights before or after your spin class, road shoes will be fine for in and out of the locker room, just be careful on the slippery tile. " From Trek420

But I do a round of free weights before or after at least 50% of the spin classes I attend. So it really depends on what you want to do and what you want to carry. If you get road shoes without cleats you might slip and fall on hard floors. If you get cleats on your road shoes you will be required to wear other shoes and change into your cycling shoes at class time. That's why I recommend mountain biking shoes.
Veronica2010-05-02 20:33:17 +0000 #6
If I was going to do weights, before or after Spin, I would just just change my shoes. It doesn't take that long and then I don't need to be extra careful or worry about my footing. Who wants to drop a hundred pounds or more while doing squats really?

V.
Trek4202010-05-02 21:08:35 +0000 #7
doc sez "But I do a round of free weights before or after at least 50% of the spin classes I attend. "

Doc, my hat's off to you! I can barely walk after spin...

so I sure don't do much before except stretch. You go girrl!
doc2010-05-02 22:48:04 +0000 #8
Oh gosh, I don't do leg work after spin. No way. Just upper body stuff. And of course, always doing abs. Women don't get a break in the abs department. After having 2 kids, it'll never be the same.

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