If the shoe fits… of couse you should keep it.
If the shoe doesn’t quite meet your expectations then return it in up to 30 days and you get a full refund.
This is the Shimano footwear guarantee.
If you have ordered your shoes online and they have been a perfect fit then you should consider yourself one of the lucky few. There are some big differences in how you would size and fit an athletic shoe as opposed to a bike shoe.
1. While an athletic shoe will need to have some room in it to adjust for motions like running and so you would size them up. Bike shoes should not have the same amount of space in them. On a bike there is a repetitive motion of your foot moving forwards and backwards and if there were too much room your foot would be doing its own version of a slip and slide making bruising and blistering a constant companion.
2. Most athletic shoes aren’t velcro. Shoe laces allow for a finite adjustment in tightness. If you were to apply the same amount of pressure to your velcro straps then you could easily cut off circulation in your foot. Too loose and you have heel lifting going on with another easy way to make blisters your constant companion.
3. Athletic shoes do not have a hard plastic sole. There will not be nearly as much, if any, flex in your bike shoe. This will most definitely affect you perceptions on how they fit.
Come into the shop and we can go through our checklist on how to properly fit you to your bike shoe. Then you can take the 30 day challenge to see if it really is the best fit for you.
You can also check out this article to do some more research
There are a couple of things to consider before you go on a group ride as to make it something that you would like to do again. Some of those things are:
Hold a line: You have to be able to make a parallel line along the side of the road. If you swerve it no longer affects just you as it is very likely that you might have people on either side of you.
Drafting: It may take some adjustment to ride so close to other riders. Drafting off them entails riding anywhere from a few inches to a few feet. Drafting off of someone can greatly effect the wind resistance you experience but dont think that it is a one way ticket. Be prepared to lead out the pack as to share the burden.
Eliminate Distraction: Don’t get fixated on the wheel of the person in front of you. Hazards come quickly and you need to be able to react quickly so keep your gaze a couple of feet ahead of you. Do not wear headphones. The group leader will be giving verbal warnings about hazards.
For more information check out this article on active.com
Noble has group rides on Saturdays that will be covering routes all over the county. Join us on facebook to keep up with where we are going , what time and where we are meeting.
Summer usually marks the time where you no longer need the layers for the early morning rides. With all the layers that can be shed should gloves be one of them? While the winter gloves no longer have a place, fingerless or vent gloves still have a utility for many. Here are a couple of reasons to wear gloves in the summer:
- Padded gloves relieve pressure on the Ulnar and Median nerves that run down the underside of the forearm
- Pressure on the median nerve is what causes Carpul Tunnel Syndrom
- Gloves improve your grip and control especially on hot summer days
- Shock Absorption – Would you wish that you had gloves on the last time that you went on a bumpy ride or even took a spill?
-While some may consider calluses to be the mark of manliness there are plenty that would prefer to prevent blisters that would result in calluses and overall discomfort
Ryan C at Noble Sports swears by the Pearl Isumi Elite Gel Vent glove as the best road glove in the universe
Why do you use gloves and if so what kind?
Come by the shop to try on a pair of the Pearl Isumis and try them out for yourself
Now that it is warm enough to break out the bikes from winter hibernation there are a number of things that should be on your check list. Most everyone will make sure that their bikes are dialed in with tune-ups and part replacements. But how many of us take the time to make sure that our bikes are dialed in with our bodies?
Professionals check this frequently, why shouldn’t you at least once? The best way to find out this information is through a bike fit. The most precise fits have traditionally been done by world renowned athletes that cost a pretty penny. Guru has developed an innovative bike fit machine that is computer guided. Check out this Guru bike fit video to see more about how the process works.
Noble Sports is one of only 3 bike shops in Utah that has a Guru bike fit machine so come take advantage of it! Prices start at $75 and it takes 45minutes to an hour. Just call the shop and set up a time to come in. 8014910484.
One of the most common problems that keeps us from riding as much as we would like is saddle soreness. If the problem isn’t addressed then times will get very tough and treatment will mean even more time off of the bike.
There are a number of things that have to be taken into account in order to determine the correct fit for your saddle. One of them is the amount that you move in the saddle, another is your flexibility.
One crucial thing that we are sure that too few of us know is your sit-bone width. Your weight on a saddle is placed on the iscihcal tuberosities or the “sit-bone”. This will of course determine the width of your seat. When you come into the store we can help you figure this and the other variables to make your saddle your friend.
We carry both Shimano and Fi’zi:k saddles. Shimano offers a 30 day trial period with a guaranteed return if you don’t like it. Fi’zi:k saddles we rent for $5 dollars a day and credit that towards your purchase.
It is looking like it will be a fabulous weekend for a ride with weather in the 80s. Come by the shop on Saturday at 9:30 for the group ride and come check out the saddles while how bad yours fits is still fresh in your mind!
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Before you go to throw your trash away, be sure to check out this list below of ways that you can use some of it to save you on your next ride. Energy bar wrappers and newspapers are just some of them.
There are plenty of times where we dont have a patch kit but we did think about bringing a energy bar of some kind. Novel idea for you is fold the wrapper length wise and stick it between the tube and the tire where the hole in the tube is. This will take you far enough to get that patch kit that you’ve been procrastinating.
Dont throw away a half read newspaper, take it with you on your ride! When you get to the bone chilling decent on a crisp morning, just stick it in your jersey for a nice windbreaker. What about when its raining? Take a plastic bag with your instead.
For more ideas check out:http://www.bicycling.com/maintenance/repair-maintenance/trash-cycling-treasure
Of course for the best gear around or experts to lend you some advice stop by the Nobel Sports website:http://noblesports.com/store/index.php or the store