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    i am eddy. STEVO820's Avatar
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    do your feet hurt when you ride?

    ive have been noticing that i dont have problems with endurance, or power but rather my feet are holding me back. i am using look a3.1 pedals and nike cycling shoes and the ball of my foot hurts. it gets almost to the point that i want to get off my bike to let my feet cool down. my dad said that i should move the cleat further back.

    i was just checking to see if anyone else has this problem or knows the right solutions.
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    Never had this problem at all. Sounds like it could be a shoe issue to me.
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    You are getting major hot spots it sounds like. Altering the tension of your shoe straps may help, also putting in a foam or gel insole may help as well. I would go to a professional bike fitter to check the placement and alignment of your cleats, if this does not help, you'll probably need to go with new pedals and / or shoes, and that may be allot of trial and error. Hopefully not though.

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    Yes, if you search on my username ... you will see a couple of detailed posts about this exact same problem. For me, after trying LOTS and lots of things ... it ended up being the shoes. But, for others ... a different variable could be the cause.

    Do a search on my username 'woodcycl' ... and find some of the threads on shoes and foot pain ...and you will see all of the things to try before putting more money down on a new pair of shoes.
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    I start gettin hot spots after an hour and a half. I found it was because my feet swelled a bit. I loosen the straps on the shoes a bit and the problem goes away.
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    I had this problem, I found out that stiff non-flexible shoes was the culprit. Because stiff shoes do not give it causes the pressure to be focus at the balls of the foot due to its protrusion. So I bought a pair of shoes that had flex in it and well that solved my problem.

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    i would start with cleat orientation, my right cleat was a little off, and it started to cause pain on the outer side of my right foot if i stood up alot during a ride (hill days).
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    what kind of shoes and pedals? I ended up switching pedals with a very different cleat set up. Worked wonders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STEVO820
    ive have been noticing that i dont have problems with endurance, or power but rather my feet are holding me back. i am using look a3.1 pedals and nike cycling shoes and the ball of my foot hurts. it gets almost to the point that i want to get off my bike to let my feet cool down. my dad said that i should move the cleat further back.

    i was just checking to see if anyone else has this problem or knows the right solutions.
    I never had this but I read about it. The article said that as you ride your feet swell. At the first sign of discomfort loosen your straps/laces.
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    try insoles (superfeet, serfas conformable, etc) and lemond lewedge as well.
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    I had a similar problem with my feet about a mile into my rides. I tried everything from a change in seats, inserts, pads on the ball of my feet, different shoes, different socks, heighth of my seat etc. I talked with a mechanic from the local bike shop and he suggested biking sandals. I tried regular sandals and then went with bicycling sandals with spd clipless pedals. I still have some discomfort but I was able to ride Ragbrai (a 500 mile tour across Iowa) this past week without any major difficulty. With the sandals you are able to flex your feet when they start hurting which seems to help. Sandals were everywhere on the ragbrai ride. I am so happy with my pedals and my sandals I am contemplating another pair of sandals just to have a spare.

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    i have nike gregario shoes and i also have look a3.1 pedals.
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    Yes, move your cleats back a touch ... but NOT TOO MUCH ... maybe a millimeter or two.

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    i want to bring my back back in for a fitting session. my lbs will do it for free. so i think i will wait till then and if it happens i will lossen the laces. i do tighten them perdy tight so maybe i will back off on the tightness.
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    I ride with converses with an insole, and basic clip/strap pedals and my feet feel fine. I rarely ride more than 25 miles without taking at least a little break though.

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