it is imperative to use bicycle shoes to cycle with assioma?
The pedals measure how much you bend the spindles when you pedal. I think that in principle, you don’t absolutely need cycling shoes for the pedals to spit out an accurate estimate of how much power went into flexing the spindles. But I’m not an engineer.
What is true is that if you don’t use cycling shoes, you are going to lose a lot of power in the shoe to pedal connection. Your feet will squirm all over the place. Also, the Assiomas aren’t flat pedals, so they’re not designed to hold onto sneakers or gym shoes. You are (I think) going to get an accurate estimate of how much of your pedaling force went into flexing the spindles, but you are going to lose a bunch of power in the interface between the pedals and your shoes.
I realize clipless pedals have a learning curve, and when you ride them outside, basically everyone is going to fall over at a light once or twice. But wait, you’re indoors! So, there’s a lot less stress adapting to them. So, I’d recommend the cycling shoes. They absolutely don’t have to be expensive ones. Just as long as you can fit 3 bolt cleats to them.
Or, Xpedo are the company who make the Assoima pedal body itself, and the spindle (aside from the bit with the electronics pod) is based on Xpedo’s designs. Some people went and bought Assiomas and an Xpedo MTB pedal, and transferred the Assoima spindle onto the MTB pedal body. I see Xpedo makes flat pedals. I sort of wonder if there’s any possibility to transfer the Assioma spindle onto one of their flat pedals…