Custom Footbeds for comfort and performance

Custom footbeds will improve comfort and performance

When looking at improving the comfort on the bike, shoe fit is often overlooked. The way your feet connect with the shoes and pedals is very important not only for comfort, but for the power delivery too.

Finding the right fitting shoe can be a long and expensive process and thankfully there is a much easier and quicker solution – custom footbeds.

A well fitted footbed will support your arch and distribute the pressure on the foot more evenly. It will also stabilise the foot inside the shoe and it will stop it moving and sliding around. Having a better contact with the shoe also means that you don’t need to fasten it too tight. This will improve the blood circulation in the feet and reduce the discomfort.

Most cycling shoes come with standard insoles which do not take into account the foot specific anatomy. Not only do individual feet have different arches and lasts, but the left foot can have a different shape to the right too. This is why we recommend custom moulded footbeds, which will feet the soles of your feet perfectly.

In our bike fitting studio we can install customised insoles to fit your feet and shoes. This process takes up to an hour and can be done as part of a bike fit session or as a separate booking. Either way you will need to spend some on the turbo trainer – so do bring your bicycle and cycling gear with you.

To book a custom footbed fitting session, use our bike fitting booking form here.

Fulcycle sponsoring young Belgium Rider – Alex Bosley (UK)

Alex and Bryan

Alex is a young talented rider selected to ride for WAC, a professional Belgium team, is an all-rounder and is looking to win the GC for the team.

Alex started cycling at 14, transitioning from athletics, so would be best described as having a broad base and lots of headroom.  He was too late to the party to make the cut for the highest level GB squads (i.e. Junior Academy), but certainly competes strongly with the academy riders.

Bike fitting in progress

In his second year as an Under 16, he finished the year ranked 13th nationally, after some poor planning and a nasty crash end of season prevented him reaching his goal of a top 10 ranking finish.  Last year, as a first year junior, he had a mountain to climb in terms of improving his fitness and endurance, and learning how to race the longer races at this level.  Alex did improve rapidly, his main aim was to race in Europe, and he spent three weeks over there in the summer.  He did a couple of races for BC Central Region, in one of which he got 11th place.  He was also in the Johann Museeuw Classic, with the team, and he had a strong peloton finish after they got a rider in the break (peloton finished 22 seconds after break after 120 km at average 45 kph).

After a few adjustments the fit already looks much better.

This season Alex is focussed on a few main races, mainly the high status stage races.  He may do the Johann Meseeuw UCI 1.1 again for BC Central Region, and possibly the Tour of Ireland.  With his Belgian Team he has a number of races, end of season there is the Phillippe Gilbert UCI race in October, there’s the Stef van Zuid-Limberg, possibly a Czech tour, and others to be decided.  These are basically his ‘A’ races, and he’ll fill his calendar with possibly some UK National races, and UCI races and Interclubs in Belgium whenever possible.

We met Alex for a first time a week ago and were taken by his cycling talent and youthful attitude. He is a charming young man who is fully committed to his cycling goals and we are more than happy taking him ‘under our wing’ so to speak and provide the bike fitting and servicing for him and his bikes.

We wish to Alex the best of luck in his future races and are more than happy to support his cycling career.

Bike fitting gift voucher

It’s Christmas time!

That sentence either filled you with dread or brought a great amount of joy!

If your friend or family member is an avid cyclist and you are struggling for a gift, then bike fitting is one of the best options. We will treat your loved one to a proper good 2 or 3 hour service where we will make them more comfortable, faster and riding more enjoyable. We will identify strengths and weaknesses and optimise technique.

If you are interested, please visit our gift voucher page.