I got back into road cycling last winter.
I bought a decent sport road bike and bought myself my first set of clipless pedals.
After reading this forum in depth, I decided on Eggbeaters and a pair of Specialized Tahoe shoes. However, I did not gradually build up my mileage and rode the 5 Boro Bike Tour (50 miles door-to-door in the cold), then 3 weeks later the Montauk Century. The Montauk ride introduced a new feeling I never felt before. I have an Iliotibial Band...!!!??? And, it seems I now have a syndrome about the thing! Too much too soon is what I've read make the ITBS happen initially.
So it's early in the season now. I'm doing light (100w) half-hours on the trainer preparing for longer distances. Aside for this, could the Tahoe shoe be the problem?
I'd rather change the shoe than everything AND the shoe. See diagram below. My feet are naturally heel-in, generally. The float the eggbeaters offer is nice, but still they feel off my azimuth. I want to heel in a little more. But can't.
I have clamped a Vice Grip to the left Eggbeater cleat and cannot twist it Heal-in anymore. Would a different SPD road shoe offer greater heel-in adjustment for a flat-foot like me? Can I make the eggbeaters work for me with a better shoe alone?
I have an appointment with a Sports physiologist MD early March. But I would like to know what you folks have been through find the right clip-less system.
If I go with another system I would probably go with Speedplay Zero, or maybe Look Zeo Sprint. I'm really hoping I can just get a better shoe, and maybe, spindle extenders.
I would love to hear any advise or anecdotal stories on how you eased your long distance knee issues. I just want to pedal nice scenic 8 hour days.
Thanks for any clues! I want to ride a lot more in 2008.