I'm new to long distance riding but am really enjoying myself so far. Up until now, my longest ride has been 57 miles and the only problem I had was incredible pain in the balls of my feet. For that ride, I had to stop several times just to take my shoes off and let my toes stretch before I could go on. (It was as if I had danced all night then walked home in 5 inch heels! ) After moving the cleats back to no avail, I realized my shoes were probably too small and maybe not stiff enough. They were an entry level pair of mountain shoes from Price Point that seemed good enough on shorter rides.
I went to my LBS and got a pair of touring shoes, Shimano RT-80's. I even went up a size larger than the guy initially recommended because I wanted to make sure I had room. I figured I could always add an insert or wear 2 pairs of socks if needed. So far so good but I'm still nervous about having it recur as I go longer distances (I signed up for a 107k populaire on June 6).
I recently bought an old steel Specialized Allez and will need to get a set of pedals for it. Does anyone with a previous history of foot problems have any experience with Shimano PD A530 pedals? I'm thinking the larger platform may be of help. Is this possible?
I have a pair of road shoes and Look Keo pedals already but really didn't like the slippery feel walking around in those and would like to stay with spd's if possible.t
Am I on the right track here?