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Feet going to sleep.(4 posts)

Feet going to sleep.canus lupis
Aug 7, 2003 8:01 PM
Just returned to road riding after a 4-5 yr lay off. My problem is that after about an hour of riding my feet start to go numb to the point that I have no choice but to stop and get off the bike for 5 min or so, then I can continue for another 15-20 min and they gradually go numb again. I have tried my seat at every angle possible, bought new shoes and ride with them loose and switched to a cleat with 9 degrees of float. I can deal with the general pain my but gets during a 3 hour ride as it seems to be less with each ride but my foot problem isnt getting any better. Does anyone know if a saddle with a cut out (selle italia flite trans am?) will help or not? I weigh 220 lbs and would apprieciate any suggestions. Excuse the spelling. Thanks
re: Feet going to sleep.Synchronicity
Aug 7, 2003 10:40 PM
Where exactly does your foot go numb? Just a guess, but it may be the position of your cleat is too far forward/backward. The pedal axle/spindle should be exactly in line with the balls of your feet. This may not be the widest part of your foot!

It is a little difficult to get the cleat right (especially when your foot is in the shoe). What I did was get strong little rare-earth magnets, shove them on the inside my socks . Put them either side of the point where the balls of your feet are. Then get more magnets and stick them on the outsides of your shoes. You will find out /exactly/ where the balls of your feet are in relation to your shoes+cleats by this method.
great idea (nm)maximum15
Aug 8, 2003 3:06 AM
Sock band too tight and cuttin off blood...Wesman
Aug 8, 2003 3:16 AM
I had this same problem on and off for some time. I realized that it depending on which socks I was wearing.

Try socks with a looser band at the top. At 220 you probably have some thick ankles.

I had a Selle Italia but switched to a men's Ti Terry Fly. I weigh in at 210lbs.