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Eggbeater Pedal = Foot Blister(8 posts)

Eggbeater Pedal = Foot Blisterno excuses
Aug 18, 2003 9:20 AM
Anyone have an overuse issue with eggbeater pedals? Vacation on the Delaware shore was wonderful for the bike rides, but at the end of the week, both feet were sore and the left one had a nice blister on the meaty flesh just before the toes.
Is this a set-up issue? The shoes are carbon soled, so it's a pretty sturdy platform.
Ideas / suggestions are welcome.
re: Eggbeater Pedal = Foot Blisterlemmy999
Aug 18, 2003 9:41 AM
I have never had this problem with my Eggbeaters on my mountain bike, but I have a thin piece of metal between the sole of the shoe and the cleat. I did this because I heard these pedals can wear a groove in your shoe and ultimately cause it to crack open. I just got a road bike and I have the Eggbeaters on there (waiting on my BeeBops to come in) and did about 42 miles without a problem this weekend with the same shoes (Sidi Dominator 2).
What are you using as a shim?BergMann
Aug 18, 2003 10:11 AM
Are you using the stock shims that come with most SPD pedals for use inside the soles, or did you produce your own?

It's an interesting idea: I haven't had any problems, but the Eggbeaters are definitely wearing grooves in my soles.
What are you using as a shim?lemmy999
Aug 18, 2003 10:19 AM
Yep, that is what I am using. It has only caused one problem. On a ride I noticed I was having a hard time gettting in and out so I looked and the edge of the shim had bent up against the cleat so it was having to fit in the pedal "jaws" along with the cleat. I took it off and hammered it back down and had no more problems. I have about 500 miles of mtn biking and ~40 miles of road biking on the shoes and the soles are like new (but the shims have heavy wear).
3 pairs / no problems! My guess: your _shoes_ are the problem!BergMann
Aug 18, 2003 10:08 AM
I haven't done any extended touring with them, but I have had plenty of weeks where I've been on the eggbeaters 7+ straight days between MTN & road.

Quite frankly, if you have rubbing issues in the toe-box area, it's probably a fit/footbed issue in the shoe.

I ride nice, (relatively) stiff resin-soled shoes, but on some of the super-stiff stiff carbon shoes out there (like the Sidi Carbon Genius shoes I tried on last week) I've found that if the fit isn't _spot on perfect_ the unforgiving soles only accentuate any gaping, pinching, buckling, etc. of the uppers.

I recently overheard a Sidi rep telling some sales guys that foot soreness, fatigue, and injury were fairly common complaints among recreational riders on the newer carbon soled kicks.

Go to a shop known for having good fitters (preferably one that does custom footbed work) and have them look at your fit.

Do your insoles have a "tarsal ball" built into them? I use insoles that do, and they work wonders in distributing pressure evenly over the forefoot.

I'd try different shoes or footbeds before messing around with different pedals.
yup nmgtx
Aug 18, 2003 10:52 AM
No problems with feet. However,Fez
Aug 18, 2003 10:27 AM
I use Eggbeaters and they are fine. Are you using them with road shoes? If so, you should be using their road cleat kit (available separately).

They work especially well with mountain shoes. You use the standard cleat and the lugs on your mtn shoe sole act as an additional contact point between the shoe and pedal.

The only problem I have had with them is them squeaking after just a few months. Regreased them and they have been fine, but only time will tell how long they last between greasings.
blisters usually mean a shoe fit problem (nm)jtlmd
Aug 18, 2003 1:08 PM