Break on through, baby!

I got on the scale this morning because I will be out of town through Sunday and to say I was happy with the result is an understatement.

As of this morning, just hours ago, I am down 3.4 lbs!

This brings me to a total of 28 down and 50-to-go AND I’ve hit the reward point I set for myself: SPIN SHOES!!!

You may be asking yourself, “self, what the heck are spin shoes?”

Well let me enlighten you. This is excerpted from a short article on

There are numerous advantages to wearing spinning shoes during your indoor cycling class. The main reason is because of the stiff sole of the spinning shoe. A running shoe has a soft, shock absorbing shoe that does not allow all of the power generated by the leg during the pedal stroke to transfer to the bike. On the contrary, the rigid sole of the spinning shoe, combined with its tighter fit help keep the foot in place, allowing for a more efficient pedal stroke without any unnecessary movement in the foot. In addition to an increase in power, spinning shoes also may help prevent knee pain, as the sole of the spinning shoe is slightly turned out, helping the knee remain in proper alignment with the foot and shin.


There are basically three different kinds of shoes for the bike which are compatible with clipless pedals. 

Sidenote: I really don’t understand why they call them “clipless”, they seem to me, like they clip? It’s weird. Can someone explain this?

Anywhoo – to be super-basic, there is a plate in the sole of the shoe, at the part where the ball of the foot is located. I am learning that this plate/cleat is sold separate from the shoes.

This plate “clips” (or whatever) into a compatible pedal, promoting as mentioned above, a more efficient pedal stroke. More bang for your buck, as it were.

This is an SPD pedal on one of the spin bikes at my gym.

The three different kinds of bike shoes are: road shoes, mountain bike shoes and spin shoes. As I’m beginning my research on these, I am learning that mountain bike shoes maybe the best for me to go with because they’ll be easier to walk in when you un-clip. This part merits more study, but there are a two things which I know are important to me are as follows:

  • I have superbad knees, so it is very important to make sure that I am taking care of them by selecting a shoe which fits my body geometry properly.
  • I want to select a shoe that I can use in both spin and on my bike on the road & trail – that means that I’ll have to get a shoe which is compatible with the cleats on the spin bikes at the gym, and then I’ll have to make sure I get that same style pedal for my bike.


So, here we go!! I’m very excited because I set this goal for myself exactly two months ago and now I’m ready to move forward with it. I’m so very proud – seriously people, our bodies are amazing and they will do what we ask them to, as long as we treat them properly in the process.

It’s good to have goals – what are some of your non-food goals and rewards?

  • panarchist

    They’re called “clipless” because back in the day, pedals had toe clips, and you would slide your shoes into them, hence “clipping in”. Toe clips were notorious for causing falls if someone couldn’t extract their foot in time when stopping. SPDs were a solution to that problem, and didn’t require clips – “clipless”. I guess you could say that you “snap” into them?

    Anyway, it’s funny, because lots of people don’t know the toe clip history, so the term seems odd, and people using SPDs still sometimes can’t get their foot “unclipped” from them, so falls still occur. Raise the subject on or other boards, and you can start an entire religious flame war on proper footgear.

    • Hi Matt!!

      Thank you so much for sharing that information! I definitely have fear regarding not being able to get “unclipped/unsnapped” when coming to a stop. It’s the major reason why I’m sticking to using the shoes indoor only at this point in time. I’m not sure how long that’s going to go on for, because I definitely enjoy using them.

      What’s your perferred pedal system? And have you ever experienced that kind of technical difficulty in the great outdoors?

      Thanks again for sharing!