Our Sidas Footbed service is now available.
A Cyclist's Feet
Cyclefit has always been obsessed with foot control; a well supported foot can:
- Reduce discomfort and improve knee tracking
- Stabilise the rider on the saddle
- Improve pedalling dynamics and foot symmetry.
- Improve power output
A Sidas custom footbed is moulded and made at Cyclefit and will primarily seek to reflect your foot structure to support your foot in its neutral position in the shoe.
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.
Saddle height and position optimisation is only possible when a cyclist's feet are correctly supported
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 Aand forefoot posting can be added for high mileage and powerful riders (The Sidas PRO Footbed) and riders with a foot physiology that requires extra support.
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.
There are two Sidas Footbed options:
Standard: A mould of the foot is made in its neutral position and the footbed is trimmed to fit the shoe, this option works best with internal or external wedges.
PRO: Extra support is added to the medial arch and the forefoot is supported without the need for wedges.
Sidas Standard Footbed
Sidas 'PRO' Footbed (stiffer arch support, heel posting and forefoot stabilisation)
The bio-mechanical chain
A cyclist's feet are the most forgotten and neglected part of their bodies. We shove them into often ill-fitting cycle-shoes, then proceed to transfer all our power 13,000 times (on an average 2-hour ride) through a surface area little bigger than a couple of first class stamps. As a consequence hot-foot, pain, cramps, instability and power-loss are all too common.
We all have very distinctive feet, consisting of 28 bones (our feet have 25% of the body's bones in them) and 27 muscles, controlling 33 types of possible mobility. And whatever is happening deep within our shoes, in our feet, has a massive chain-reaction all the way up our bodies. How we walk, sit, stand and therefore pedal, starts with our feet. It is virtually impossible to achieve a powerful and efficient interface with the bike until the feet are stable and comfortable. Our feet are the foundation of posture, good and bad. A cyclists feet have very little self-correction opportunity as they are tightly strapped and ratcheted in to a stiff shoe clamped to a fast-turning lever. No wonder so many of us feel that our feet are unstable, or constantly shifting for position.
"The big revelation has been the new orthotics, already covered just over 1000kms with them and it’s a world away from what I was used to. I just wished I came to you much earlier now! Nick B"
Fabian Cancellara rides to victory in the 2014 Tour of Flanders using Cyclefit custom Sidas footbeds.