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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-19-12, 12:09 PM   #1
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Achy Feet?

I'm not interested in clipless pedals. I did purchase a pair of 5.10's for riding. Stiffer soles, stick to the pedals well. They're quite comfy, but I noticed yesterday after a few miles my feet began to ache. The ache went away after a few minutes of being off the bike. Since the soles of the 5.10's are stiffer than the Keen boots I had been wearing for the last month, I'm wondering if it's about having my feet in a new position. I'm hoping it's just a matter of breaking them in. Any thoughts?
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Strange. Stiffer soles should prevent foot problems, not cause them. Give it a while, it may just be your feet adapting to the new shoes.
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Look at Insole improvements.. that is the part your foot meets first.
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Old 06-19-12, 06:52 PM   #4
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Agree with the other posters: stiffer soles should be more comfortable, but they also tend to amplify any problems you might have with foot placement, leg length discrepancies, etc. You may need better insoles to help with these problems. I like Sole's custom-molded footbeds as well as Specialized's BG High Performance Footbeds (which include the BG Shim Kit). They're both ridiculously pricey, but they also make my feet far more comfortable when riding...
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you could try an orthotic such as "superfeet" I use them in all my shoes they''l fit in. Don't push down as long on your pedals you shoulld be pulling back at the "9 o'clock" position in any case, see J, Frey's vid -it's near the top of the list if you search "you tube" for pedaling technique
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Are you using any straps on the pedals? I ask because a lot of times the acking is due to mashing too hard on the pedals. Clipless or even straps on the pedals help take some relief off of the foot because without them, all you are doing is pushing/mashing down on the pedals which is no good. With clipless/straps, you have the ability to bring the foot up going from the down stroke to the upstroke.

Guess if you do not want clipless/straps, dont mash and spin more.
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Strange. Stiffer soles should prevent foot problems, not cause them. Give it a while, it may just be your feet adapting to the new shoes.

I think chasm54 is the winner...I rode today with no aches. I think my feet just need to adjust. Do I mash the pedals? I try not to...but sometimes you have to.
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I'm not interested in clipless pedals. I did purchase a pair of 5.10's for riding. Stiffer soles, stick to the pedals well. They're quite comfy, but I noticed yesterday after a few miles my feet began to ache. The ache went away after a few minutes of being off the bike. Since the soles of the 5.10's are stiffer than the Keen boots I had been wearing for the last month, I'm wondering if it's about having my feet in a new position. I'm hoping it's just a matter of breaking them in. Any thoughts?
Something in your setup is restricting your feet either not allowing normal swelling to happen or restricting blood flow.

IMO it's a bit of both......

I'd look REALLY HARD at your shoes. Really hard..........
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