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Old 08-02-08, 06:09 PM   #1
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Weird aches, pains, numb feet....ooohhh

Folks;
Just joined the 50+ crowd; bought a Bianchi road bike (approximately 58 ~ 60cm; I'm 5'10" ...265 pounds and I have one leg that it about 1/2 inch shorter than the other....had shoulder surgery last year...recovering nicely from that....)

OK, I've been riding for about two months...nothing too ambitous...max of about 30 miles...anyway, just developed a really nice version of Sciatica (pardon the spelling) and I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.

The bike feels very nice and rides beautifully.

thanks much-Joe
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Old 08-03-08, 01:45 AM   #2
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Look-You have a BIANCHI and hopefully in Celeste colour.

Bianchi riders do not have problems.




Can't help on the Aches and pains but feel certain that someone will be able to help.
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I ran into a numbness/aches on the bottom of my feet above the cleats years ago. It turned out that my cycling shoes were a bit narrow in the forefoot area. I switched shoes and don't fasten the Velcro toe strap tightly. The Specialized mountain bike shoes seem wider in the toe area. I use them for road as well.

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Stepfam.....thanks for reminding about the Bianchi "code". Oddly enough, the doc I spoke to recommended that I do some more bike riding so, I guess I don't have any excuses.


Thanks Much!!!

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bought a Bianchi road bike (approximately 58 ~ 60cm; I'm 5'10"

OK, I've been riding for about two months...nothing too ambitous...max of about 30 miles...anyway, just developed a really nice version of Sciatica (pardon the spelling) and I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.
58-60 cm and you're 5'-10"???
I'm 6'-0" and my bikes are 56/57 cm. Unless you have really long legs are you sure fit isn't part of the problem?
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I think you should look into a custom orthotic or shoe for the short leg if you can't find a position that works. 1/2 inch is more than the 3/16 I deal with for walking and the lift I wear made a difference within a few hundred feet of walking. If you can find a seat height that doesn't cause rocking or knee pain in the other leg, just ride more. I only use the lift for walking. 3/16 doesn't seem to matter on my bike.

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If you are not using orthotics, you could install a shorter crankarm for the short leg.
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58-60 cm and you're 5'-10"???
I'm 6'-0" and my bikes are 56/57 cm. Unless you have really long legs are you sure fit isn't part of the problem?
+1 It might all be a matter of bike fit.

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I thought about the "fit" issue also. Other than this little problem, the bike feels very comfortable to me and I don't feel like it's a burden to ride (although, that being said, I have also thought about looking for a smaller used frame/fork combo and take all of the components off this bike....if I do this, you guys might see the frame I have on Ebay. I'll keep you posted). I've also thought about getting a shorted crank arm for the left side (the ones on the bike right now are 170mm...does anyone have any idea about which size I should be looking for??)

Thanks Again.....Joe "slowly recovering" in Minneapolis........
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I think you should look into a custom orthotic or shoe for the short leg if you can't find a position that works. 1/2 inch is more than the 3/16 I deal with for walking and the lift I wear made a difference within a few hundred feet of walking. If you can find a seat height that doesn't cause rocking or knee pain in the other leg, just ride more. I only use the lift for walking. 3/16 doesn't seem to matter on my bike.

God bless!

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What said above plus a bike fitting by a quaified shop is in order to reduce you problems and increase your riding pleasure.
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If you are not using orthotics, you could install a shorter crankarm for the short leg.
Or install a shim between the shoe and the cleat of the shorter leg. Years ago I met an old bike and ski racer who had survived several leg and ankle fractures, who had hand-fabricated all manner of shims under his cleats.
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Folks;
Just joined the 50+ crowd; bought a Bianchi road bike (approximately 58 ~ 60cm; I'm 5'10" ...265 pounds and I have one leg that it about 1/2 inch shorter than the other....had shoulder surgery last year...recovering nicely from that....)

OK, I've been riding for about two months...nothing too ambitous...max of about 30 miles...anyway, just developed a really nice version of Sciatica (pardon the spelling) and I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.

The bike feels very nice and rides beautifully.

thanks much-Joe
Howdy and welcome. I've got just the opposite physical ailment, one of my legs is
longer than the other. Oh well, none of is is perfect. Sonds like a nice bike and you're
off to a great start. Hope the sciatica clears up for you.

Happy trails
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