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Tingly Feet(8 posts)

Tingly FeetJoshua
Jul 14, 2002 9:29 AM
After a ride of just about any length my feet tingle when I get off the bike. I have speedplay pedals and pair of lake shoes. The shoes seem to fit fine and the tingle will go away about in about 2-3 minutes post ride even if I keep the shoes on. Has anybody else ever experienced this and if so what is the appropriate fix. Thanks for the help.....Josh

BTW I am new to riding and have almost 500 miles in the shoes already.
re: Tingly Feetmaddog
Jul 14, 2002 10:02 AM
it helps to change the pressure points in your shoes occaisionally while riding - I can do this with some success by angling my heels in or out very slightly, but the best way to do it, I think is to pedal without pushing on the pedals for 10-20 seconds - instead of pushing, pull up on the upstroke with a little more umph than you are used to - this helps to get rid of the pins and needles
re: Tingly Feetjtolleson
Jul 14, 2002 10:57 AM
In my experience there are three most likely causes for foot discomfort while riding (assuming of course that the shoes fit)...

1. Sole flex. Especially if you climb or spend a lot of time out of the saddle. A carbon sole can help distribute the pressure, I think.

2. Saddle too high. Folks will toe down into their pedal stroke, jamming the tootsies into the front of the shoe.

3. Cleat too far forward rather than under the ball of the foot. All the torque is on the forefoot.

Other than these thoughts, I'm plum out of ideas.
re: Tingly Feetkomatiite
Jul 14, 2002 11:59 AM
i had the same problem until recently when i
moved my cleats backwards [towards my heel]. it made
a world of difference after realizing that i had them too
far forward, causing numbness in my big toe. hope this helps.
re: Tingly FeetJustride
Jul 14, 2002 2:45 PM
I had a similar problem this spring and found that moving my Speedplay cleats back 1.5 cm was a great help. I suffer from loss of fat pad on the balls of my feet and this slight change made a huge difference.
Circles!DrPete
Jul 14, 2002 5:06 PM
Josh--

If all these Speedplay riders are like me, chances are they switched to Speedplay becasue their feet were tingling, only to be disappointed when they didn't fix the problem. I was! I do have the solution, though, and I got to keep my schweet X1's after all.

My bike has been professionally fitted to perfection, but if my technique lapses, my feet tingle and even go numb in my Sidi G3's if I let it go too long. The problem comes when, even with a perfectly dialed-in saddle, pedals, and cleats, you mash on the pedals. As soon as I keep too much downward pressure on my feet on a long climb or even in the flats, it's hello numbness. As one poster already mentioned, it's quickly alleviated by spinning a few strokes with the upward pull as the power stroke. Even better, though, is to pedal a nice uniform circular stroke, and I can almost guarantee the problem will go away, all other things (saddle, cleats, shoes) being properly dialed in.

A great drill to practice a circular stroke is to take a gentle climb while clipped in with only 1 foot. Do 2-3 minutes on each foot for a few sets. Works like magic!

Good luck!

DrPete
Circles!Justride
Jul 15, 2002 5:33 AM
I agree with you about pedaling technique! I do not agree with your reasoning about most people switching to Speedplay because they had tingly feet. In fact you are the first person that I have heard say this is why they switched. Most people switch for the light weight, double sided easy entry and lots of float. I would be willing to bet that 90 percent of complaints about foot comfort problems stem from shoe fit/pedal interface problems coupled with the higher temparatures of the summer season.
Circles!DrPete
Jul 15, 2002 6:43 PM
Just a guess... You're right, there are a lot of reasons to go Speedplay, but the float is nice to help "shake out" a tingly foot, and there seemed to be a lot of speedplay riders on the tingly-feet thread...

I will be keeping mine for a LONG time, that I know.