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foot numbness(3 posts)

foot numbnessheylenny
May 18, 2001 8:33 PM
Just bought a pair of Cannondale Bike shoes because I was getting that burning sensation on the bottom of my feet. Got halfway into a 13 mile ride with the new shoes and my toes started going numb. Same thing happened on the way home at the end of the day. This is a new problem that hasn't ever happened to me before. I'm using platform pedals with a toe clip (no strap, just the clip). The clip works fine when I have regular shoes on but I have a hard time getting the bike shoe with its big sole to fit in there. LBS is suggesting a clipless pedal but I keep reading here about you guys all falling over at stop signs. Any thoughts on the cause of the numbness and am I being a scaredy cat on those clipless pedals? Thanks!
Bock, Bock! ;-)mike mcmahon
May 18, 2001 10:41 PM
Dude, go clipless and do it now. The falling over stories are greatly exaggerated. At worst most people do it once and are so embarassed they never do it again. Besides, how many people have claim to have been injured in one of these falls? The only thing bruised is the ego. If you're really concerned about falling, start out by riding on a grassy area with nobody around. If you fall nobody will see you and you'll have a soft landing. You will be so happy you did it. I can't guarantee the numbness will go away (tightness of the new shoes or something else could be the problem), but it probably will go away and you will be a happy guy with big feet.
re: foot numbnessJim
May 19, 2001 8:28 PM
You will be sooooo happy you went with clipless. Even my MOM can do it, man. (no offense, mom) And yes, you might fall over at a stop sign. But, to truly break yourself of this the fall HAS to happen with at least five cars present with all passengers looking directly at you. It will also help if thier windows are down so that you can hear the hysterical laughter. In all seriousness, I feel almost unsafe when I am NOT clicked in. You won't regret the move.