Dec 19, 2010

Getting fitted for CycleSoles

I know I said I was going to write something interesting yesterday, but between M2, the afterward nap and a birthday party I attended, that kind of didn't happen. But better late than never, I like to say. 

You may recall that I recently won a bag of goodies in a raffle. Among the goodness was a gift certificate for a pair of CycleSoles from Roaring Mouse Cycles. So I made the appointment with Julie  Bates for last Friday and here's how it all went down.

My appointment was for 1 p.m., but because I was off on Friday, the sense of time was somewhat absent and due to some rushed moments, my head was elsewhere that morning. In short, I somehow misunderstood Julie's instructions and came without a bike, in addition to having forgotten my gift certificate. So the first order of business was to find me a bike I could ride. Julie scoured the Roaring Mouse inventory and came up with a Specialized that was a good size. We then walked over to the fitting studio across the street, where my fill-in bike was fixed into a trainer. 

Julie made the final measurements to make sure the bike is fixed in place and event.

Using a demo leg for the explanation.
Before I got a chance to get on the bike, Julie sat me down and gave me an explanation of what's happening with the bones in my foot, and how CycleSoles will improve what my feet do in my bike shoes. By taking some measurements, she determined that I had significant arch drop in both feet, which meant that not all of the power of my pedal stroke was properly transferred to the pedals, and thus, wasted.

Now that I knew what was going on and what I had to correct, it was time for me to get on the bike and for Julie to take some measurements. She watched me pedal for a bit just to see my knee and hip motion. Turns out I have very symmetrical biomechanics. She was also surprised I was never seriously injured as a cyclist; somehow the symmetricity  got the credit for that. But I'll take it any way I can get it.

My foot is in place and ready to be measured.
The laser beam is there to ensure we line things up just right.
My leg is fixed in place while the sole is being warmed.
 After taking all the measurements, it was time for Julie to bake the soles and mold them to my feet. Once the soles were hot enough, she had me step on them and pressed them into the shape of my foot. 
With the sole under my foot, it's just a matter of time before it's cool enough to be shaped.
 Next, it was time for Julie to file down the soles to fit, and for me to go home and return with my bike and gift certificate I had forgotten earlier. Luckily, both things took about the same time, so very little time, if any, was wasted. Once I returned, the Specialized was replaced by my Orbea, and similar measurements were taken again to make sure everything felt okay on my bike with the CycleSoles.

Julie filing down my soles to get a perfect fit.
My bike in place for the final measurements.
A few adjustments needed to be made to do away with a pressure point in my toes and get my heels down in the cups, and I was all set. I have to say that the whole process was very enjoyable and I feel like I was not only treated great as a customer, but I learned a great deal about my own body and the way my feet are supposed to function. If you are considering getting custom insoles for your shoes, I would recommend you see Julie at Roaring Mouse Cycles. 

Due to the rains we are having, I don't think I'll have a chance to put any serious mileage in on the bike until I take off for Vail at the end of next week, so a review of how the CycleSoles are working out on the road is still in the works - stay tuned for it early next year when my serious training and weekly mileage will begin.


  1. I'm actually not sure of the material. I think the bottom is comparable to the material they use for ski boot insoles, but the top is not quite as soft, more of a regular shoe feel.

  2. So did Julie get rid of the wedges or not?

  3. No, which is something I've been thinking about. I'm going to have to stop by there sometime next week for her to file them down a bit, as they feel a bit tight in the toebox, and I might have her play around with the wedges to see if I still need them. I'm definitely keeping the shim, though.

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