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Old 08-28-07, 05:49 AM   #1
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I did my first ride with clipless pedals (Speedplay X5) this past Sunday. I rode 20 miles and about 10 miles into the ride I started getting hot spots on my left foot. It almost felt as if my two smallest toes were cramping. I am wondering if this will become less of an issue the more I ride? maybe I need to get some sort on insert for my shoe?
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Old 08-28-07, 06:16 AM   #2
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Try relaxing your feet, wiggle your toes around occasionally, and make sure you leave your shoes somewhat loose.
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Old 08-28-07, 11:37 AM   #3
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What I have been told is that a decent shoe fit will have the top of the arch, and the heel, strapped in firmly so you can pull thru wit no lift or slop. The toes should be pretty free to move. For some reason, I find that common Specialized shoes work best for my flaps. Good luck. It's yet another aspect of dialing-in the Whole Picture
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Old 08-28-07, 01:49 PM   #4
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I did my first ride with clipless pedals (Speedplay X5) this past Sunday. I rode 20 miles and about 10 miles into the ride I started getting hot spots on my left foot. It almost felt as if my two smallest toes were cramping. I am wondering if this will become less of an issue the more I ride? maybe I need to get some sort on insert for my shoe?
Was is cramping or numbness? I get numbness in my clipless, especially when I haven't used them for a while. From what I understand it has to do with the little bit of bloat (for lack of better term) as feet swell in the shoes. When mine start to bother be I unclip and move the numb foot around while keeping the other clipped in. Sometimes I'll pedal, just unclipped, and sometimes I cruise. If that doesn't ease the feeling I'll stop and undo my shoes and readjust the tongue and straps. The tongues in my shoes always slide to the sides and that often leads to weird pressure on the foot, and numbness.
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Not that this will occur in your case, but when I started using Speedplays I got terrible hot spots. It got so bad I eventualy went to the doctor (a sports medicine ortho. specialist). He told me that the small platform of that pedal has caused some serious permanent damage, a neuroma, to the ball of my left foot. I have since switched to a pedal with a larger platform (DuraAce) and the problem is better.

Doctor says as soon as you start to feel the hot spot, stop and massage your foot. Give it some relief from the pressure. Don't keep injury the foot. A good insole also helps. The only relief now for me is surgery which I am resisting. Just don't let the damage get that bad.
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I get a burn/numbness in my left foot as well. I take it off the pedal and wiggle it. I also stand up and let the blood flow freely to my legs. It may be a blood flow issue up in your seat.
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Old 08-31-07, 07:52 PM   #7
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I just started using the X-5 pedal this week. No problems to report with hot spots. When I was researching pedal/shoes, I found that a very stiff sole or insert will keep them from happening. Also properly fitting shoes are a must. I have bad knees and no arch to speak of. On top of that I suffered a very badly broken right foot and ankle. This makes getting out of the right pedal “interesting” to say the least. I almost fell today.

For me, I have found no substitute for good quality footwear. I will spend liberal amounts on it while trying to find the best deal. I have the Specialized S-Works Road Shoe (got them for $180 brand new). This shoe has a very stiff sole and fits like a second skin. These shoes are extremely lite even with the cleats installed. I would highly recommend them if you have the money and find a deal.

I have only been riding for 2 months now with the last week using the shoes and pedals. With the platform pedals my feet went all over the things. I also got into the bad habit of sliding my feet out to the edge of the pedal so I would have to look occasionally to reposition them. Now my feet stay put and I pedal with more confidence. My guess, the problem is in your footwear but I’m still new to this.

Good luck.
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I know I'm going to get jumped all over, but I frequently take a 30 mile ride in...OMG...clipped pedals. I'm as big a fan of sexy new technology as the next dude, but when I started researching clipless pedals and finding out that if they aren't perfectly fitted/assembled, then they cause stress and fatigue on your feet and knees. And then I said to myself, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I also ride the same bike in the city, so I have to get out of my pedals often and sometime quickly, so I took the straps off the clips. They're perfect, now. They're pretty easy to get into, very easy to get out of, they hold my Converse All-stars ("Chucks") in the pedal so I don't slip out and scrap up my calf, and best of all: I can move my foot around, alleviating fatigue on my knees and feet. And if it's really hot, I just wear my Chacos.
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