A cyclist's feet - correct or reflect?
Cyclefit has always been obsessed with foot control; a well supported foot can improve power output, reduce injury, stabilise the rider on the saddle, and improve the pedal stroke.
Our Sidas Custom Footbeds and Habgood Custom Orthotics are used by:
- Normal Cyclists who wish to improve comfort and avoid injury
- Normal Cyclists with foot pain (past tense)
- Normal cyclists who want to improve their performance
- World Champion Cyclists
- Professional male and female cyclists (Sunweb, Team Ineos, EF Education First, Cervelo Bigla, Correnden-Circus, Team Wiggins).
- GB Paralympic cyclists
- Japanese Track Team
- Team GB Track Team
Custom footbeds or custom orthotics?
This is the crucial question. Broadly we split this into two approaches: reflective and corrective. A Sidas custom footbed is moulded by a Cyclefit Technician and will primarily seek to reflect your foot structure and shape with any correction being fairly mild and gentle.
A Cycling Orthotic appointment, on the other hand, will deal with specific structural issues with the foot and may well seek to correct the foot in the shoe.
Our Sidas footbeds work for most foot types but does not work very well with some foot types: low arches and flat feet or forefoot metatarsal pain, for theis foot type and more complicated feet we always refer to our podiatrist Mick Habgood.
We have found over 14 years at Cyclefit that almost everyone responds positively to foot support in their cycling shoes. Many issues such as 'hot-foot' or knee-alignment, foot-stability, numbness and comfort can be assisted or corrected with a well made custom footbed or orthotic.
More complex issues, or long term discomfort and pain, will require an evaluation by Mick Habgood and a Custom Orthotic.
Sidas Custom Footbed
The Sidas custom footbed is a highly personalised interface between the weight and power of your body, and the sole of the cycle shoe and pedal. A custom footbed can dramatically influence comfort, stability and power. Extra re-reinforcement can be added for high mileage and powerful riders (The Sidas Power Footbed).
An appointment takes approximately 45 mins to 1 hour for one pair of fully custom Conform'able inserts, and you can get a 10% discount on a second pair using the original mould. Please bring your cycling shoes so the original footbed can be used as a template.
The Sidas footbed can be incorporated into other appointments i.e. a Cyclefit, Shoe & Cleat set-up or New Cycling Shoes appoinment so please contact us for more information.