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    Hello All,1st post [newbie question]

    Hello everyone,I've been lurking here for a few weeks now,finally got around to registering.Cool site,lots of great info.
    Anyway I have a typical new guy question that I hope you guys can help me with.I just recently got back into riding,Haven't been on a bike in 20+ years,I use to live on my Mongoose though.I bought a road bike last month [Schwinn LeTour GS] & am really enjoying myself WITH ONE EXCEPTION.My feet hurt after long rides.I am currently wearing a nice pair of running shoes when I go out rideing but I want to get something better or more bike specific to alleviate this problem.I'm 5'9" about 210,I don't know if I qualify as a Clydesdale but I wanna loose about 30lbs so I figured this might be the forum for me.Anyway have any of you experienced foot pain after long rides?How did you correct it?Do I need road bike specific shoes?And if so what's up with the sizing???Thanks in advance.

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    What part of your feet hurt? When do they start hurting i.e after how long on the bike?

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    your name has piper in it!!!! you must smoke a crack pipe!!! FOR SHAME!!!! >: ( you should know better . . .

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    Welcome to the thundering herd.

    I'd say probably that you want firmer soles for riding. Too soft a shoe (as typical for running shoes) and you can stress out your arch by a lot of flexing the ball of your foot while you're pedaling.

    Dunno if that necessarily means bike-specific shoes. If you have something firmer like crosstrainers or a low-rise walking/hiking shoe, try that first and see if it makes a difference.

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    My feet "burn" as well on rides. I just remove them from the pedals and shake them off every so often.
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    Doesn't the LeTour GS come stock with Cycle Magic resin pedals with toe clips and straps? If so, you might describe your "foot pain" in specific locations. Are the straps too tight, cage to short/long, lack of arch support, etc.? Do you need more saddle time to condition your foot muscles?
    I commute to work in my work shoes (boots) and otherwise ride with skate board shoes but replaced the stock pedals with a large platforms for foot support.

    With your road bike you might not want platforms, but without more information it's difficult to offer suggestions to eliminate sources of your foot pain.

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    Very Nice Bike.
    How far can you walk before your feet hurt, or do they hurt on a two mile walk?
    What size are you shoes?
    How many miles do you ride?
    When do they start hurting?
    Both of Them same time?
    What else hurts? Butt, arms, wrist, back, neck, knees?
    Been there, hurt there.
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    Welcome, I am a newbie as well. I just started getting cramps in my arches when I got my new bike last week. I talked to my guy at the shop and he said I need to put orthotics in my shoes. I always have to wear them in my walking shoes but I didn't think I'd need them in bike shoes. I was using running shoes and they were cramping. Yesterday I bought clip in shoes and they were cramping this morning so I'll put orthotics in and see what happens. I hope that works cuz it's no fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Very Nice Bike.
    How far can you walk before your feet hurt, or do they hurt on a two mile walk?
    What size are you shoes?
    How many miles do you ride?
    When do they start hurting?
    Both of Them same time?
    What else hurts? Butt, arms, wrist, back, neck, knees?
    Been there, hurt there.
    Thanks for the replies everyone.I can walk/run a very long time without my feet hurting,I've had 2 jobs in recent years that I was on my feet for 10 hour shifts.My feet never hurt while running,or lifting weights.I'm a size 9 1/2,don't know how many miles but I'm generally on the bike an hour or so but the other day I was on it cruising all around Philly for a good 3 hours,I did stop to take breaks though.I usually notice the pain when I'm back home relaxing,My butt use to hurt until I bought some Pearl Izumi Attack shorts no more problems in that area,my forearms were going numb then I bought some P.I. gel gloves,no more problem.Everything else is good,except for the feet.If I can get rid of the pain in my arches I would be set.I'm thinking about getting road bike shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlhutch View Post
    Doesn't the LeTour GS come stock with Cycle Magic resin pedals with toe clips and straps?
    Yes

    If so, you might describe your "foot pain" in specific locations.
    In the arch of both feet

    Are the straps too tight, cage to short/long, lack of arch support, etc.?
    I don't know,I'll have to look into this.

    Do you need more saddle time to condition your foot muscles?
    This might be the problem but I guess time is the only way to tell.

    Thanks guys,this forum is great.

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    This could be lots of resons...
    including your kneee positions as you pedel.


    Have you had your bike fitted at an LBS? nad have them take a look at you as you pedel. your feet my be angled in or out as you pedel.
    Bike shoes would solve this for you.
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    You might look into some entry level mountain bike shoes like the Shimano MT20. They will have a stiff sole and work with the clips and straps that come stock on your bike. If you want to upgrade to clipless later, they accect SPD and Crank Brothers cleats.
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    +1 to some MTB shoes, although if you've got toe-cages on the pedals, either take a pedal with you shopping or just try to pick out something with a low enough toe profile to easily fit. Your shoe size might not have as much of a problem with that as my 13's, but its something to consider.

    I started riding MTB shoes, then clipless, then after a year of that, finally went to road shoes.

    Riding crank bro's pedals, I'm still re-learning how to plant that cleat right on the egg-beaters to clip in since I don't have the "guide" formed by the tread on the soles of my mtb shoes.
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