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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 07-18-12, 12:23 PM   #1
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Insoles?

I've been getting foot hotspots and numbness on long rides. My bike was professionally fit with the shoes I'm riding with now. They are clipless, and this is the shoe I'm wearing.

I've seen some suggestions about moving the clip back, but I'm always a little weird about changing things on my bike. I'm afraid of overcorrecting and affecting other things and getting all out of whack. One article I read said to lower the seat 1mm for every 1mm I move the cleat back. But then if I lower the seat, what does that do to other angles?

I did see another suggestion about getting insoles which I think may help. I've worn insoles in my regular shoes before and it made a big difference. I'm guessing that I might want something a little more specific to bike shoes though.

Anyone using insoles in their cycling shoes, can you make any recommendations?

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Old 07-18-12, 01:04 PM   #2
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A lot of the high end road shoes use heat moldable insole. You might want to try something like the SOLE Thin Sports which are a thinner insole made for such applications.
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Old 07-18-12, 01:07 PM   #3
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I've been getting foot hotspots and numbness on long rides. My bike was professionally fit with the shoes I'm riding with now.
Have you talked with the person that did the fitting? Seems that would be the place to start especially if it is a cleat placement issue.
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I use the eSoles Supportives and find they are very helpful
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Check your Specialized dealer. They make a whole slew of fit related products to allow their fitters to dial in a great fit. I know they sell insoles with different arches if that helps.
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I know that you are riding distances similar to mine. I am wondering about your shoes. I am using Bontrager Race Road shoes (men's) that came with e-soles: http://www.esoles.com/products/bontr...grade_kit.aspx and have not had any problems with my feet.
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If all else fails visit your local Redwing boot store for a pair of "Comfort Force" insoles. They come in thick and thin metatarsal arch area your choice.

This insole it THE best I've found for feet that burn in the metatarsal area bar none and they are washable with air dry!!!
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I was experiencing foot pain / hotspots at anything over 80km or so... I pulled out the stock insoles in my Lake shoes and put in Dr. Scholl's Gel insoles - incredible difference. No hotfoot issues since.
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I use super feet blue in all my riding shoes..seem to work for me
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It sounds like insoles is something I should try. My very trusted lbs guy said to wait for it to get cooler because since the heat wave he's been hearing a lot of foot complaints. If that doesn't help then he said to come in to talk about it.

Im going to try some insoles thought for sure. It was 66 and rainy on tonight's ride and it was still a problem.
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It sounds like insoles is something I should try. My very trusted lbs guy said to wait for it to get cooler because since the heat wave he's been hearing a lot of foot complaints. If that doesn't help then he said to come in to talk about it.
In my experience, insoles are good for resolving minor discomfort or fit problems. If you're getting significant pain, you'll likely need to move the cleat... or purchase a different shoe. As far as insoles go, I've used two different types: Specialized's BG High Performance Footbeds (which include their BG Shim Kit) and Sole's Dean Karnazes "signature series" heat-mouldable insoles. In both cases, moving the cleat did much more to resolve foot pain; the insoles were more of a fine-tuning mechanism to get the fit perfect and remove any residual discomfort on longer (>50 mile) rides.
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I purchased some Specialized BG insoles this morning from my LBS, I'll try them out tonight and report what the difference is, if any. I'm wearing the shoes right now and let me tell you, the arches are much higher than before. They had me stand on some heat mapping thing to find a good fit for me, and claim I should feel no pain.
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