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Old 04-07-08, 09:47 AM   #1
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Feet fall asleep > 10 miles

I have some kind of Nike laced SPD shoes, which fit fine, and eggbeater pedals. Everything feels fine when I start to ride, but after maybe 10 miles one or both feet start to feel tingly and/or lose sensation.

What am I doing wrong?
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Old 04-07-08, 10:24 AM   #2
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My guess is you shoes are too small or too tight. I had a similar problem and switched shoes and it made a big difference.
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Old 04-07-08, 10:27 AM   #3
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Your feet may be swelling after you start riding.

But it may not be the shoes. If your saddle doesn't fit right you may be cutting off circulation. Fairly common problem.
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Old 04-07-08, 10:46 AM   #4
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I don't know if it's just me, but I like to have my shoes loose at the bottom (closes to the toes) and then tighter near the ankle. I do believe your bottom of the foot (near the toes) starts to swell a little after you finally get warmed up.
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Old 04-07-08, 11:37 AM   #5
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Ditch the laces and get a shoe with multiple straps (three is good) so you can loosen up the toes. I had the same problem as you until I got a shoe where I could control the tightness in various spots of the shoe. You also might want to consider inserts if the straps don't work.
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I echo Paul L. I got rid of my laces and loosened up the velcro straps for my spd shoes. I also moved the cleat as far back toward my arch as possible. Both helped a lot.
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Also, check your cleat position. You want it slightly behind the ball of your foot.
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also, when exercising it's fairly common to lose feeling in the exremities as fluid builds and blocks circulation. it often happens in runners' hands, so a biker's feet would be common as well.
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Ditch the laces and get a shoe with multiple straps (three is good) so you can loosen up the toes. I had the same problem as you until I got a shoe where I could control the tightness in various spots of the shoe. You also might want to consider inserts if the straps don't work.
What's funny is that I have an exactly opposite take. I find that I get much more control over tension with laces than with Velcro. Velcro tends to be an all-or-nothing proposition for me, but with laces I can get each area just right.
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What's funny is that I have an exactly opposite take. I find that I get much more control over tension with laces than with Velcro. Velcro tends to be an all-or-nothing proposition for me, but with laces I can get each area just right.
My problem is the laces re-adjust with foot movement so whatever I did is soon undone after a few hours.
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Ah. You can try putting a twist (the first part of the regular bow knot) into the laces just above the spot(s) that you need to adjust.
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I had the same problem and here is how I fixed it:
1. Switched to carbon soled shoes (Other shoes had too much flex)
2. Switched to Look KEO pedals and cleats with 4.5 degree float
3. added Lemond shims to my cleats because I pronate
4. upgraded to Fi'zi:k saddle (or Brooks B-17)
5. Start with my shoes a little looser than I think they should be
6. Make sure I change positions including standing on climbs every so often

problem solved!
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I had the same problem with CB Candy pedals. I switched to CB Quattro pedals because they have a bigger platform and that really helped and then I switched to a carbon sole MTB shoe which again helped the situation and then I started using a carbon sole road shoe that solved the problem.

What I found in my riding, whenever I did something, it improved the situation but the problem came back. Whenever I combined the following or combo of the following rode further, rode faster, rode harder, rode more often. Every time I changed something I solved the problem until I combined a few of these factors. If I rode further but didn't ride as often, I had no problem. It was when I started putting some of these together I had a problem. If I rode shorter rides more often, I didn't have a problem.
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