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Look vs. SPD(6 posts)

Look vs. SPDzooog
Aug 19, 2002 3:26 PM
From a prior post I have decided on new shoes (probably sidi maybe carnac). Now should I decide on new pedals. Currently run an SPD pedal but am suffering from "hot spot" on my right foot.

1. will just new shoes get rid of this problem


2. Should I invest in new pedals at the same time. Have read a lot about the advantages of a Look style pedals. Will this solve all my problems?

re: Look vs. SPDbcm119
Aug 19, 2002 3:42 PM
If you are a big or strong rider, the size of your pedal platform will make more of a difference. The more force you apply to that pedal, the more your sole will deform around your cleat. The other variable is sole stiffness, which roughly correlates to price. You might be able to find a shoe with a stiff enough sole (usually carbon) to eliminate your hotspot, but the surest way is to switch to a larger platform pedal, like the Looks or Campy Pro-fits (which I have and love). So if you're 6-foot /200 lbs and don't want to spend a fortune on new shoes, go with the new pedal style.
Aug 19, 2002 4:38 PM
I don't know what shoes you have... they can be a factor, although sometimes cheapo shoes are actually more comfortable than high end shoes, believe it or not (although they might weigh a half ton each).

Switching from SPDs solved my hotfoot problem. I went to SPD-Rs, but if I had to do it all over again I'd probably try Looks. Steel cleats eat pedals! I've never seen a nice set of used Shimanos... Looks just look dirty after use.
I've used SPD's for years, only once did I get a hot spotPaul
Aug 20, 2002 3:00 AM
and this was due to cleat position. I use Dr. Scholl's inserts, and find them very comfy. Have you tried to re-position your cleat? I put the shoe against my foot to check position of the cleat, also use Shimano R-150 carebon sole shoes. The hot spot was with a cheaper version shoe. Before trying a different cleat ( don't think you want to buy several Look cleats a year), try the SPD cleat with your new shoe.
re: Look vs. SPDAndy M-S
Aug 20, 2002 3:27 AM
I use SPDs, and recently had a problem...

I rode a 6-day, 550 mile "tour." On the second day, early on, I developed a hot spot on my right foot--but! I also had knee/shin pain in the left leg. I stopped and did some good stretching to relive the left leg and--presto--the hotspot disappeared!

My theory is that I had been favoring my left leg because of the pain. With a little stretching each morning, neither problem came back and I was able to finish the ride pain-free.
Stretching is so important before and afterPaul
Aug 20, 2002 4:16 AM
a ride. Riders will usually stetch before, but hardly after. I stretch before, during (if possible), and afterwards. My wife is into yoga, and has convinced me about the stretching aspect. My back is stronger, and my neck muscles don't bother me as much as they use to.

Seems like you found the formula.