ROCK ‘N RYDE’S SAFETY TIPS:
CHECKING CYCLING CLEAT WEAR FOR BETTER COMFORT, SAFETY AND PERFORMANCE
IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT TO CHECK THE WEAR OF YOUR CLEATS ON YOUR CYCLING SHOES.
Cleat wear?Cleats have a nasty habit of wearing down! Wear and tear on cleats can result from riding your bike a lot (a good problem), Constant clipping-in and clipping-out can wear down the triangular pieces and make detaching far too easy for riders who don’t want to dismount mid-ride.
The hidden dangers of riding on worn cleats?It is important to monitor the wear of your cleats because an excessively worn cleat will put you at risk for overuse injury, and may result in an inability to clip in or out of your pedals. A worn cleat can also cause unexpected pedal disengagement, and crashing.
Possible injuries from over-worn cleats?Irregular pedaling mechanics are most often the result of worn cleats. This can cause an undesirable tilt of the foot on the pedal platform, which causes your muscles to have to compensate for the imbalance and leads to an overuse injury. In plain-speak, you’ll basically end up with really tight butt and leg muscles.
Cleat wear indicators?Some cleats have wear indicators on them, which show you when it is time to replace your cleats. Other cleats do not have this feature, but have accompanying wear suggestions and practical guidelines.
For those cleats that do not feature wears indicator, you can check other factors such as squeaking or worn tensioner screws. An excessive rocking motion of the foot on the pedal is a strong indicator of cleat wear. Check your cleats every few rides for cleat wear. When any of the above factors become apparent, adjust or change your cleats.
I’m not handy. What do I do? We suggest heading down to our friends at Efinger’s Sporting Goods on Rt. 28 in Bound Brook. They will cheerfully check your cleats, make any necessary adjustments, and/or replace them for you properly. Tell them Rock ‘n Ryde sent you, and save 10%!
Got everything properly set up? LET’S ROCK SAFELY!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU REPLACE THOSE CYCLING SHOES, ANYWAY?
Turns out that worn-out ones can wreck your ryde
Running shoes are easy. You retire them after six months, 300 to 400 miles, or when they’re falling apart at the seams—whichever happens first. But what about those cycling shoes that don’t pound the pavement, but spin ’round and ’round sans impact?
Replacing cycling shoes every few years will probably work, says Eric Doyne, a spokesperson for Shimano cycling equipment. After all, your shoes are practically impossible to walk in, meaning their super-stiff soles get very little wear. The big, triangle cleats, however, wear out faster. Constant clipping-in and clipping-out can wear down the plastic pieces and make detaching far too easy for riders who don’t want to dismount mid-ride. If you’re a real cycling junkie and you bike several times per week (indoors or out), it’s best to replace your cleats yearly, he says.
For the rest of us, apart from trading in your shoes every third Tour de France (good luck keeping track of that!), Doyne recommends paying attention to changes in the cleat’s fit. “Cycling shoes are meant to have an extremely snug fit and form to your foot. It helps you deliver the most power to the pedal for optimal performance,” he says. So if you find yourself wiggling your piggies in your shoes way more than when they were new, it might be time to go shopping.
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Welcome to Rock ‘N Ryde. We are so excited to have you join us.
Here are a few tips for your first Ryde!
1. Arrival: We kindly request that you arrive at the studio 15 minutes prior to class. LET THE INSTRUCTOR KNOW THAT YOU ARE A NEW RYDER and he/she will take good care of you. We take special care in getting you properly set up on the bike, as this is the key to making your ryde safe, effective, and don’t forget FUN!
2. Attire: Wear long close fitting pants, or shorts that are long enough to protect your legs while you are riding the bike. Padded bike shorts are always helpful.
3. Hydrate!!Drink before you arrive. Even though you’ll be drinking water throughout the class, it is very important to arrive hydrated.
4. Enjoy. Have fun and take it at your own pace. It takes a few times to get your groove on our awesome REALRYDER bikes, but you will find your comfort zone. The motion of the REALRYDER moves fluidly with your body protecting your knees and back and providing an incredible workout. You have the ability to control your own ryde via the resistance knob. Engage your core, do what you can and congratulate yourself for showing up!
We are so happy to welcome you to ROCK ‘N RYDE! LET’S ROCK!