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As a road biker do you trim your toe nails often?(9 posts)

As a road biker do you trim your toe nails often?Breck
Jun 14, 2001 8:54 PM
Lest you think this is a frivolous question, "ubewrong" as Grz was once fond of saying. My toenail problems started a long time ago, my grandma rocking that ol' chair over my right foot one night in the toe-tapping excitement of country music my dad and his brothers were into back in the early 50's. Split the big toe's nail right down the middle and is still split thoug long since healed over.

From high school track to running long distance beginning in my mid 20's needed to pay particular attention to shoe fit. Besides the big toe nail problem, my foot being rather long for it's width always gave me problems as to toe box space and good shoe fit. Got thru it in my late 40's by opting for the more expensive New Balance 1500's, then 1600's, and now 1700's. They are on a last a bit narrow for it's length and a perfect fit with a nice big toe box.

Along comes road biking and the problem is worse. Sidi's gave the best fit in the 47 and 48 size. The 47 is narrow enuff but a tad short; the 48 is long enuff but a tad wide; moderate toe box space. So opt for the size 47, wear the thinnest of socks, and trim the nails weekly. The toe nails grow maybe a bit fast because am Jello addict in part due to Bill Cosby's ads :)

The big toes get the round half moon trim while the rest get the straight cut across treatment leaving both edges a bit further out from the toe than the middle. Still am always looking for better way to shape the toe nails to avoid injury. Do you have a particular method or pay no attention at all.

Thanks for any input.

re: As a road biker do you trim your toe nails often?DINOSAUR
Jun 14, 2001 11:15 PM
Yeah I keep my toe nails trim. I cut them straight across. The trouble is I have to put on my bifocals so I can see the damn things.
I use NW shoes, wide toe box and my orthotics slip into them easy.
Maybe it's just me, but why the trend in three velcro straps? Two is enough, them toots needs some room for moving around. Long toe nails always put holes in my socks. Neat, short, clipped, trimmed, that's me, Mr USMC 1935652.
re: As a road biker do you trim your toe nails often?Breck
Jun 15, 2001 7:32 AM
& no Irish pennnants either ! :)
USMC 2099501
Semper Fi!
I nominate thisColnagoFE
Jun 15, 2001 9:14 AM
as the post I least want to hear feedback on. Trimming toenails? WHat's next? Toe jam recipes?
When I was in HS, there was a great band named Toe Jam. Took mebill
Jun 15, 2001 11:08 AM
years to get the joke. To me, they were just a great band.
As a weight saving measure....Greg Taylor
Jun 15, 2001 9:43 AM
...I've had every other toe removed. Each foot now has Big Toe, Middle Dude, and Pinkie. The remaining toes are all neatly trimmed with a Dremel Tool. While the actual weight savings is negligable, the apparent savings is amplified because the reduction is on a rotating part.

I'm also considering surgery to have webbing grafted to the open spaces between my toes, creating a natural swimming paddle or flipper, kinda like a duck's foot. This, I hope, will increase my speed while swimming.

(No, I'm not serious)
Removing body parts to save weight and go faster...Bruno S
Jun 15, 2001 1:35 PM
Worked for Lance.

(Just a cruel joke)
Oh delightfully awful...(nm)Greg Taylor
Jun 15, 2001 2:22 PM
Let me amend that...strike "delightfully"...Greg Taylor
Jun 15, 2001 2:36 PM
and make that, well, awful. Dang, another "humor" issue raises its ugly head.

The more that I thought about it, the more convinced I became that some things really shouldn't be a source of humor. Maybe cancer is one of them. Amend that, cancer is DEFINATELY one of them.