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Old 04-16-04, 09:56 AM   #1
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My feet hurt after about 60 miles.

IS this just inevitable...Of late, Seems worse on my touring bike with SPD pedals and Performance Cycling shoes. Think seat adjustment same on all my bikes.?
I have Schoals inserts in my Cycling shoes...
Do all your cycling shoes seem equally comfortable.? I have like three pair.Think my Time shoes to be most comfortable...
Have to methodically wear each pair of shoes and measure the misery index after 60 miles. But, I get off the bike for maybe 15 minutes and the feet seem like new again.
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IS this just inevitable...Of late, Seems worse on my touring bike with SPD pedals and Performance Cycling shoes. Think seat adjustment same on all my bikes.?
I have Schoals inserts in my Cycling shoes...
Do all your cycling shoes seem equally comfortable.? I have like three pair.Think my Time shoes to be most comfortable...
Have to methodically wear each pair of shoes and measure the misery index after 60 miles. But, I get off the bike for maybe 15 minutes and the feet seem like new again.
does it hurt in specific area? is it like a cramp, or an abrasion? maybe the shoes are just too tight (do your feet tend to swell)? mine generally feel fine for the entire day.
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Just got back from a 48 mile ride...Wore my Time shoes..These have Schoal's absorbant pads also...Little less than 60 miles, but my feet feel pretty good.. It is just the whole bottom of the feet seem hot, burning... The other bike is SPD and Performance mtn bike shoes.
Have to doube check the saddle position. Don't think the Mtn. shoes are too tight... The Time shoes do seem to give more...Wearing them as I write...
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Just got back from a 48 mile ride...Wore my Time shoes..These have Schoal's absorbant pads also...Little less than 60 miles, but my feet feel pretty good.. It is just the whole bottom of the feet seem hot, burning... The other bike is SPD and Performance mtn bike shoes.
Have to doube check the saddle position. Don't think the Mtn. shoes are too tight... The Time shoes do seem to give more...Wearing them as I write...
You say the TIME shoes "give" more. What exactly do you mean by that. Maybe your shoes are just worn out. I would think you'd get better results with the TIME if they are road shoes with very stiff soles. The stiffer the better. Personally, I had to start using Dr. Scholls arch support inserts. A sort of cheap
orthotic. Hope you can find/fix the problem.
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By give I mean, they are not as tight.My feet seem to float more, over the soles.... The lining seems slicker.Both are stiff, however..Definitely, the Mtn. bike shoes cause my feet to burn more...
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By give I mean, they are not as tight.My feet seem to float more, over the soles.... The lining seems slicker.Both are stiff, however..Definitely, the Mtn. bike shoes cause my feet to burn more...
Tighnest is surely the reason your feet are hurting. I had the same problem when I started using clipless cycling shoes. I was tightening the front straps too tight preventing a proper blood flow to my toes. Since I started to keep the straps just a tad loose I feel my feet can float into the shoe just enough to let the blood flow and I do not experience any foot pain anymore. If you are always adding a sole inside just make sure you buy wider shoes. In my case I have wide feet so buying any pair of shoes (cycling or other) always involves a lot of tries, some brands tend to be norrower than others.
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The suggestions above are good, especially regarding keeping your shoes from being too tight. I would add that some people find that it helps to move cleats back a bit, or to use a different pedal/cleat system which spreads the pressure of the cleats out over a wider area of the shoe.

Also, make sure you are wearing good socks. I swear by SmartWool brand. They keep my feet cooler and drier and generally more comfortable than any others I've tried. Your socks also need to be the right size, too tight can be constricting, too loose can leave ridges or folds which are uncomfortable.
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IS this just inevitable...Of late, Seems worse on my touring bike with SPD pedals and Performance Cycling shoes. Think seat adjustment same on all my bikes.?
I have Schoals inserts in my Cycling shoes...
Do all your cycling shoes seem equally comfortable.? I have like three pair.Think my Time shoes to be most comfortable...
Have to methodically wear each pair of shoes and measure the misery index after 60 miles. But, I get off the bike for maybe 15 minutes and the feet seem like new again.


Same thing happens to me from time to time. I would get a massive hot spot right where my cleat was. I did 3 things. 1) switched from SPD pedals to Look pedals. They have a larger surface area which seems to help. 2) Got those inserts that have magnets in them. Apparently they are supposed to help the blood flow throughout your feet. 3) Stopped strapping my shoes on so tight. Now I only put them on so they are loose enough for me to slide a finger inside my shoe when my foot is in the shoe. Your feet will swell as your ride.

I still occasionally will get really sore feet after 60 or so miles. I mostly just take a break and remove my shoes and massage each foot for a few minutes. That's usually enough to get me home without too much pain.
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Have not riden my touring bike all weekend..About to ride it to work..Only have one set of SPD shoes..Rode 2 days with my Time shoes..Feet took it ok...Try keeping the straps looser today.See how that goes...
Not familiar with inserts with magnets in them...
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Wear good socks and try the looser fit as previously mentioned but try the thinnist socks you can get, like a coolmax type. Your feet swell as your body temp increases and you engage in exercise. They can swell quite a bit depending on your circulation and other health factors, you may need just a little bit of extra room all around in your shoe and thin socks will help.

Also, as previously mentioned you can experiment with cleat placement.

I finally had to junk my spds and I went back to my look pedals. Looks are just more comfortable for me especially on >3 hour rides and in the heat.
Good luck.
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I would add one more thing to all the good suggestions above.
after riding for 15-20 miles stop for a few seconds to readjust the straps on you shoes. Feet tend to swell up a bit during a long ride, and you need to loosen the shoe straps a bit..
As to socks, many manufacturers now add Teflon fiber to the sock part that support the ball and heel of your foot. I have found that the Teflon helps the foot to "float" a bit better and prevents "hot spots"
Many call these socks "Blisterguard", the tradmark of the Dupont fiber.. example
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