Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Kimpo, S. Korea
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Achilles pain and foot angle
I've had achilles pain on long rides for a while. I generally get it after about 50 or 60 miles if pedaling really fast and hard. I am pretty sure my seat height isn't the problem. A veteran rider has halfway convinced me it is b/c my feet need to be angled a bit inward. This makes sense for two reasons. Firstly the foot naturally angles but is forced flat in shoes. Secondly, I'm flat-footed so for me the inside of my foot is even lower than most people. The natural solution is a wedge. I cannot find wedges here so I need to make my own and try them. Any other flat-footed riders have this problem? Also, any suggestions on do it yourself wedges to put under the cleat? I was thinking perhaps a washer (I use SPD) but I do not know how much to raise the outside of the cleat.
I was also paying attention to my pedal stroke and I think I might be dipping my heel a little, particularly at high cadence. what kind of minor adjustment might help that? Moving my cleat back a little might help right?