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Old 01-11-10, 10:49 AM   #1
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Clipless Question

I have just gone clipless. I am loving it, but trying to fine tune the fit of the cleats.
After about 45 min to an hour my last 2 toes and outside edge of the ball of my foot begin to go numb. This is only on the left foot.
Should I move the cleat forward or backward, or adjust the foot to the outside or inside?
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Old 01-11-10, 10:59 AM   #2
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What type of pedals and shoes are you using? When I had a similar problem, I found that moving the cleat backward, toward the center of the foot, helped cure the problem. Ultimately, though, I ended up buying better footbeds and forefoot shims to get the fit perfect.
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Old 01-12-10, 05:35 AM   #3
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Sorry for going awol. I couldn't access the forum yesterday afternoon from work. I am using the shoes at the gym right now on the spin bikes, so I am at the mercy of whatever pedals they have on. I tried to move the cleat back last night and the same thing happened. Sstorkel thanks for he links, I will try tweaking them a bit more, but I think a new footbed or shims are going to be the way to go for me.
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Shims and footbeds are expensive, at least if you buy them from Specialized. The only reason I bought the Specialized stuff is because I had a coupon for a huge discount at the local Specialized dealer. There are other products available, which might work better or cost less. Be aware: the in-shoe wedges from Bike Fit only offer varus tilt. Sounds like you might need the opposite: valgus tilt. I think that's what I used when I was having a problem similar to yours...

BTW, do you own shoes that are worth the expense? If you don't start with a shoe that has a good, stiff sole then shims and footbeds might not help.
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Have you had your cleats positioned by someone that knows what they're doing?
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I bought the Shimano RT-51. I understand these are not nearly the best shoes available, but funds were low. They are comfy and have a relatively stiff sole. Thanks for the info on the foot tilt. Off to google for some more info.
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Have you had your cleats positioned by someone that knows what they're doing?
No and the LBS may be the next place I go. I wanted to see if there was something I should try before heading to someone who knows what they are doing.
The right foot is great, 2 hours the other day and my foot felt the same as when I clipped in. So I think that one is fine. Just having a bit of trouble with the left.
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Move the foot inboard/cleat outboard. Also check how tight the shoe is, as some folks have a slight variance in size from one foot to the other.
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Sorry to bring this thread back from the land of the dead, but I wanted to let you know how this turned out.
Ended up taking the shoes to LBS and they put the cleats in a generic setup and told me to come back for minor tweaks. They were great, especially since I bought the shoes online and only purchased the cleats in the store.
Anyway, I still had the same problem. I was reading another thread where someone talked about loosening their shoes. Well, that seems to be the culprit. I was strapping the shoes on too darn tight and my feet were going numb. Duh!
I still have a bit of discomfort that I am hoping can be cured with new foot beds, but overall it was much better.
Thanks to everyone who chimed in.
It was appreciated.
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I would suggest bringing the cleat further back on the ball of your foot and angling your shoe just slightly so that the front of your shoe is in just slightly.Also,I didn't see but if your shoes are three strapped, that was definitely a good idea to not strap it tight at the bottom.
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