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Small Pedals + Big Feet = Pain?(6 posts)

Small Pedals + Big Feet = Pain?Peely
Oct 22, 2002 12:33 PM
I need some help. I am a big(ish) rider looking for a new pedal solution as I busted my old ones. I am trying to decide between: Speedplay, Time Impact and high-end looks. I was quite set on the speedplays until I was told that as a rider with big feet I would get sore feet after a couple of hours in the saddle. Apparently due to the small contact area. This has left me perplexed as pedal choice always seemed like a fairly hit-and-miss area where everyone has their preference and there is little in the way of recommendation. Any thoughts?
re: Small Pedals + Big Feet = Pain?Uprwstsdr
Oct 22, 2002 12:36 PM
My feet are size 12 and i ride Speedplay X2's with no problems.
re: Small Pedals + Big Feet = Pain?Ivar H
Oct 22, 2002 1:59 PM
I believe it is a myth, that a small contact area between shooe and pedal results in soar feet. If you have at stiff sole on your shooe it won't be a problem. It is the contact area between your foot and the shooe that counts. If you will use the same shooe as you used to, you should not exepct to get any problems.
re: Small Pedals + Big Feet = Pain?DaveG
Oct 22, 2002 2:20 PM
I think it depends on the shoe sole stiffness, the contact area, and type of riding. I have size 13 feet and I have had problems with SPD pedals and hot spots when there is climbing involved. I have tried Speedplays but not extensively enough the assess this issue. If you are concerned about it, go with the Looks, which have a larger contact area. You will have to face the scorn of weight-weenies, but comfort should come first.
It's all about the shoesKerry
Oct 22, 2002 3:55 PM
Shoe stiffness is a much more significant factor than pedal design. If you check, you'll find that SPDs are often used with "lower end" shoes, so the "hot spot" problem is concurrent. Further, how hard you push down, and how sensitive your feet certainly enter the equation. If you look at Speedplay cleats, you'll see that the forces are spread over a much larger area than just the pedal "button" so you have a far bigger platform than SPDs. Much less chance of hot spots, all taken together. While you occasionally hear of someone having a hot spot problem with Speedplay, it is not common. In generally, you are getting poor quality advice. Don't listen to these people when allocating assets in your 401(k).
mostly agree but...DaveG
Oct 22, 2002 6:04 PM
Shoe stiffness is a major factor but not the only one. If you recall when SPDs first entered the scene, many pro's on S-sponsored teams would not use the SPDs due to hotspots and I'll have to assume they used high-end shoes. Our own Lance used the old Look-design Shimano pedals.