Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    246

    How can I stiffen the soles on my sneakers?

    I'm doing a 20k time trial on sunday, it'll be my first competitive ride. I don't have clipless yet, and I won't be able to afford it for a couple weeks, all i have are toe straps.

    What is a good way to stiffen the soles on my sneakers? Innovation is welcome!

  2. #2
    Jack of no trades
    Reputation: Wood Devil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    1,447
    Maybe grab some stiffer insoles? I don't know. You'd probably just wind up McGyvering something and causing yourself more aggravation during the race than just strapping in and riding hard.

  3. #3
    A wheelist
    Reputation: Mike T.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    9,298
    Cut a pair of insoles from 1/4" plywood.
    .
    Mike The Bike's home wheelbuilding info - dedicated to providing Newby wheelbuilder information and motivation.

    I'm not cranky; I just have a violent reaction to stupid people.

  4. #4
    Old and Fixed, Moderator
    Reputation: Dave Hickey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    20,856
    Quote Originally Posted by Wood Devil View Post
    Maybe grab some stiffer insoles? I don't know. You'd probably just wind up McGyvering something and causing yourself more aggravation during the race than just strapping in and riding hard.
    This.............don't change right before a ride....
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

    My 3Rensho Blog: http://vintage3rensholove.blogspot.com/

  5. #5
    RoadBikeReview Member
    Reputation: Kuma601's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    3,462
    For 12.4 miles, I doubt you'll see a drastic difference, I'd just wear the sneakers and be comfortable.

  6. #6
    n00bsauce
    Reputation: Mel Erickson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    13,707
    It's not about the shoes.
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire

    There are your fog people & your sun people, he said. I said I wasn't sure which kind I was. He nodded. Fog'll do that to you, he said.

    "We are all ignorant about most things."
    Mel Erickson

  7. #7
    The Cube
    Reputation: kmunny19's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    1,232
    leave it alone for now. enjoy the new system on the next event if your clipless is only a few weeks away.
    K$

  8. #8
    Banned forever.....or not
    Reputation: MR_GRUMPY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    22,570
    When I first started riding (back in the day) I decided to get cycling shoes because my feet would start burning after 60 miles.
    If your opinion differs from mine, ..........Too bad.
    .
    How would you like it if Hitler killed you
    Dogbert.

    I>U

    Buying parts to hang on your bike is always easier than getting fit.

    If you feel wimpy and weak, get out and train more, ya wee lassie!

    If Jesus had a gun, he'd be alive today!

  9. #9
    Just Plain Bitter
    Reputation: rward325's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    8,630
    I did a ride this year that my cleats would not engage. If the ride had been 12 miles I would have been fine. Instead the first open bike shop we found was at mile 58. I say just run with what you got for now. I don't think putting a real stiff insole is going to give you measurably more power. The toe clips will be fine for this run.
    Quote Originally Posted by Catzilla;
    Like, if "troubling" were a level seven worry, "concerning" would be a six, with "frightening" being an eight and "unexplained genital rash" being a nine.

    2007 Pegoretti Duende Campy SR 11 Campagnolo Neutron
    2009 Look 586 Campy SR 11 HED Ardennes/HED Jet 6
    2012 Raliegh Roper - Stock for now

  10. #10
    Sooper Dooper Moderator!
    Reputation: il sogno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    18,967
    Don't change anything before the ride.

  11. #11
    waterproof*
    Reputation: Creakyknees's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    40,914
    Back in the day I used to ride to class in an awesome pair of Vans... like these except blue checks



    Anyway, after not many rides, the pedal cage imprinted lines on the bottoms of the shoes. So one day I took a knife and about an hour of careful cutting, and made cleat slots. It made a difference, I really could pull up harder than before.
    * posted by Creakybot 2013 all rights reserved.
    * not actually waterproof.

Similar Threads

  1. soften and stiffen up my CAAD9
    By soulfly_nyc in forum Cannondale
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-03-2009, 11:00 PM
  2. Sneakers with rat traps how far can I go?
    By lawrence in forum Beginner's Corner
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-14-2005, 06:21 PM
  3. Can new cranks & bb stiffen up a frame?
    By Quadburner in forum Components, Wrenching
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 01-13-2005, 08:02 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Hot Deals

Latest RoadBike Articles


Latest Videos

RoadbikeReview on Facebook