My stoker is complaining about her toes falling asleep and tingling while she rides. She uses Look pedals with floating cleats and she claims they are adjusted correctly since she can feel that she pushes with the ball of her feet. Any ideas about what may be causing this?
Loosen her shoes up. I bought a set of new Shimano shoes last summer that make my pinky toe go num if they are too tight.
Possible solutions/reasons: loosen up shoe closures; wear thinner socks too! Check foot position: Do NOT point toes down when pedaling.
Pedal on TWOgether!
Rudy and Kay/zonatandem
As already mentioned, proper shoe fit is the first thing to check. Her toes should have wiggle room and not be wedged into the toe box of the shoe. The rest of the shoe should have a firm, but comfortable fit.
Originally Posted by willcycle
Riding technique can also be a factor in that "pedal mashers" can often times have more problems with "hot spots" or foot numbness than spinners who pedal in circles and "lift" on the upstroke instead of having constrant pressure on the ball of the foot.
Just some things to check on and to have her remain concious about while riding. Also, at the onset of numbness, she should ask you to coast so that she can loosen the straps of her shoe. If later on the shoe feels loose, just have her adjust it again. It's not at all uncommon for feet to swell during hot weather riding and/or for shoes to stretch as they begin to absorb moisture so make sure she knows that it's not at all unusual to adjust the straps on her shoes during the course of a normal ride.
As Tandem Geek says, circle peddle, or pull up when she starts to feel the tingle. It should go away within a few seconds.