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Numbness - Feet and groin - an easy answer?(7 posts)

Numbness - Feet and groin - an easy answer?UncleMoe
Aug 2, 2001 1:32 PM
I have two items that I see a lot of on this list, but I'm not sure there is an easy answer, or at least i haven't seen one.

I can deal with a little bit of groin numbness. 30 seconds out of the saddle and I seem OK for another 30-45 minutes. I'd like no numbness but I'm not sure its possible. I have a "body fit?" saddle that came standard on my Bianchi Brava. I can't say I'm much for swapping out a new saddle every week to see how they work. I've tried two different saddles and both were way worse than what I had, so I've become content.

The thing that drives me crazy is my feet and they seem to be getting worse. Within 30 minutes my toes are numb. My shoes are mtb shoes by Shimano. I bought them a few years ago for maybe $70. I honestly don't want to go out and spend $200 on shoes that might not solve the problem, yet it appears the only way to know for sure is to do just that. I mean, do any LBS have loaner shoes? I think the big problem is the shoes are too narrow. Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced pair of wide shoes?

Is there anyone on this list that experiences ZERO groin and foot numbness? What is your set-up?

I know not every setup works for everyone, but if I can get an idea of what a couple of you with no numbness issues use, it could get me there quicker.
hate to say it: new saddle, new shoes.Haiku d'état
Aug 2, 2001 1:39 PM
had the bianchi body fit saddle stock on my giro. it's a v-shaped piece of plastic with some foam on top, very cushiony. not bad, but not good. i moved to the specialized body geom comp, which is firmer and has a leather saddle. works for me. everybody's posterior is different. try modifying your saddle position before you blow $50+ on the next one, since you're right--it's an experiment, an expensive one.

shoes: had this problem 'til i (1) changed cleat position on the shoe to more under the ball of my foot, and (2) loosened the front strap, tightened the middle one, loosened the top one. nike gabuche due. you don't have to spend $200 on shoes if you determine what fits and shop via the internet. there is a line you shouldn't cross with your LBS in determining fit, though. good luck there.

have fun!
No, but post if you find one...Retro
Aug 2, 2001 1:40 PM
Actually if the shoes are narrow, that's probably at least a partial cause of the foot numbness. You don't have to spend $200 for new ones (unless you need them bigger than size 13/48), but you do need some that fit. No way around it, as you've found.
Saddle choice is really individual, and I've literally thrown away seats that some of my friends love (Specialized Body Geo...). See if you can find a shop that will let you try one for a ride or two before you buy. I'm pretty happy with a Brooks B-17, and a lot of people like them, but that doesn't mean you will.
I recommend reading Lance's new book "Man, My Ass is Sore!" ;-)JS5280
Aug 2, 2001 2:50 PM
Okay, Dave Letterman was pretty funny last night, particularly the "new book." Still I thought Dave harped too much on the doping issue, not many laughs there to be made and I think the that angle has been covered ad nauseam. I think Lance has really become a world class person as well as a world class cyclist, showing some humility and taking things in stride. I think that appeared again last night despite Dave's ribbings. It's good to see Lance able to dominate without the animosity that has he characteristically embraced.
Top 10?Dog
Aug 2, 2001 3:35 PM
Did he do a top 10 with Lance? Curious.

Top 10?JS5280
Aug 2, 2001 4:03 PM
I don't think so or else I didn't see it, I didn't watch the whole show. If so, you should find it here later today or tomorrow.
I had the same foot problem....STEELYeyed
Aug 2, 2001 3:27 PM
with Shimano MTB shoes,they are good shoes, but are not stiff enough for long road rides,I went to a pair of Sidi Genius 3 road shoes and Look pedals with the red cleats set all the way back,I also fitted the shoes with Red Wing premium insoles and just finished a 600 mile tour with very little foot problems, my feet did get sore but were never numb or uncomfortable. As far as the saddle goes,you will only find the perfect saddle if you have the perfect a$$,just find one that puts you on your sit bones and that won't make your tools numb as that can cause permanent sexual disfunction.....very,very bad.


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