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Why are my feet numb?(5 posts)

Why are my feet numb?ditchbanger
Apr 13, 2003 6:58 PM
Just getting into road bike and figure I must need to adjust something. Bike is a Trek 2300 with ultegra pedals, selle SLR seat all else stock. Specialized comp road shoe. Seat too high, forward, tilt wrong, handlebars height? I thought shoes were maybe too tight but I stopped at a friends house for a few minutes and when off the bike the numbness went away, just does it on the bike. There must be a easy fix for this?

Thanks, Steve
re: Why are my feet numb?js5280
Apr 13, 2003 7:47 PM
Hmmmm, perhaps you have the shoes strapped a little tight. I find that when I'm pedaling hard, my feet swell and my feet can go numb. I keep the straps pretty loose at first and generally they are fine after a few minutes. The second thing could be if you're really mashing the pedals (i.e. low cadence, really pressing hard on the pedals) then you may get pressure from the cleat/pedal if your shoe isn't very rigid. I doubt it has anything to do with your set up unless you're experiencing other problems. Try loosening up those straps/laces and see if that does the trick, I bet it does.
Try moving rhe cleats back a little bit.DERICK
Apr 13, 2003 8:20 PM
I had the same problem and tried all sorts of things. Finally somebody recommended moving the clete back. It seems that there is a bundle of nerves around the ball of your foot and having the clete too far forward can cause numbness. That could explain why you only experience numbness while riding. Just be sure to only move the clete a few mm at a time then test it out.
Good luck with it.
re: Why are my feet numb?ditchbanger
Apr 14, 2003 3:03 AM
I'll try both, it is mostly at the ball of foot. Good suggestions, Thanks
also trycyclopathic
Apr 14, 2003 4:47 AM
shoe inserts of gel variety. They run 5-12$