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Old 08-16-12, 03:21 PM   #1
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Steel shoe insoles

I ride in with pedals + toe clips with vans on long rides my feet start hurting and going numb. I was thinking about getting a pair of these steel insoles i found online and was wondering if anyone has used something like it and if so did they help?
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If you're riding far enough that your feet are going numb, just go clipless. How far are we talking anyway?
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Only 25- 30 miles but i live in a hilly area so I'm constantly putting more downward pressure then someone on flat terrain.
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Sounds like clipless would be worth it for you. When I'm home and I do that type of distance, I go looking for hills sometimes. Never had my feet go numb like that.
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Yeah I want to go clip less but I don't have the 150 or so for some dzr's and pedals. So i was just looking into a quick cheaper alternative for now.
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That would be sweet for when i ride to the lake lol. Just not my style tho.

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Never tried something like that but...

Your foot needs to flex. It is my completely untrained opinion that the transverse arch gets ignored too much and I think that steel insoles will do some damage. I think you will be better off with carbon fiber, which can be controlled to allow lateral flex while limiting longitudinal flex.
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Never tried something like that but...

Your foot needs to flex. It is my completely untrained opinion that the transverse arch gets ignored too much and I think that steel insoles will do some damage. I think you will be better off with carbon fiber, which can be controlled to allow lateral flex while limiting longitudinal flex.
I was thinking about that. They also sell half steel insoles also that might be a better option.
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Yeah I want to go clip less but I don't have the 150 or so for some dzr's and pedals. So i was just looking into a quick cheaper alternative for now.
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A mtb/hybrid clipless pedal and a basic walkable soled spd shoe and you are set.
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Only 25- 30 miles but i live in a hilly area so I'm constantly putting more downward pressure then someone on flat terrain.
Similar issue here, but on the flats, 20 miles pushing hard and I have to wiggle my toes and adjust my feet a little. I thought it was because of very soft soles on old running shoes. Some other thread(s) suggested using leather soled shoes, so I'm thinking about that route, with my good liners pulled from the other shoes.

I didn't see what type of pedal you are using so another inexpensive option to look at are those smooth toe-clip equipped cleat pedals - they have better support under the food than regular pedals. Can't for the life of me remember what they are called though.
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A mtb/hybrid clipless pedal and a basic walkable soled spd shoe and you are set.
+1 just make sure the pedals are dual-sided and you get cleats as well. Get the thinnest cleats you can find to eliminate the 'click' when off the bike as much as possible.

Go to www.shopgoodwill.com and put specialized, shimano, pearl izumi, lake, cannondale, sidi, Louis Garneau, etc. in the main site search. I've gotten some real deals this way. Also, CL has shoes as well. Sometimes, one can get an entire rig for one money cheap. Been there. Wife got a 150.00 pair of Lake touring shoes w/cleats for 35.00. Gotta be patient and strike quickly. Most of the time the shoes are lightly used and can be sanitized w/some spray disinfectant. Like my Dad used to always say, "Let somebody else pay retail."
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Thanks for the tips fellas. I'll take a look at some clipless options online.
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I Use specialized elite touring shoes, it uses an SPD cleat but has a sole designed for walking in yet they are still stiff without flex. the mavic cyclo touring shoe was the other one i was looking at.

i recommend the specialized shoe as its what i use and i find them to be friggin awesome

they are like mtb without the knobby soles but with a recessed cleat

as for pedals i run xpedo MF's i think they are stainless/cromoly. small contact patch but i like them .

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I Use specialized elite touring shoes, it uses an SPD cleat but has a sole designed for walking in yet they are still stiff without flex. the mavic cyclo touring shoe was the other one i was looking at.

i recommend the specialized shoe as its what i use and i find them to be friggin awesome

they are like mtb without the knobby soles but with a recessed cleat
Cool! I'll give them a look.
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Yeah I want to go clip less but I don't have the 150 or so for some dzr's and pedals. So i was just looking into a quick cheaper alternative for now.
No need for DZRs unless one is overly oncerned about street cred. Furthermore, no need for Keo Blades and SIDIs unless you wanna look PRO. Some touring shoes and pedals should suit you just fine. Check out the lace up shoes at Performance and Nashbar. They are pretty comfy for riding and walking. Also, pricepoint.com often has killer shoe/pedal combo deals!
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