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Old 06-07-03, 07:07 PM   #1
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Oh my aching.....

FEET. What did you think I was going to say??
I've been avoiding riding this year (busy, gained some weight over the winter and developed ashma recently) and when I finally get my fat a** out there what happens but my feet are killing me. I noticed last year some numbness but this time the soles of my feet are sore as can be. Granted, I was on my feet running around all day at work and they were tired when I started the ride tonight but ow.
I ride a bikee and just wear tennis shoes normally. Any advice cheerfully considered. I want to ride all summer now that I've been out-I forgot how awesome riding my bent is.
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Harder soled shoes?

Those harder soled shoes will do a better job of protecting your feet against stress... consider getting cross trainers with a good stiff sole, or get a cycling shoe.

Good luck!
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If you are using platform pedals you'd be better off wearing comfortable dress shoes then tennis shoes. Stiffer soles distribute the pressure on your feet. Idealy, bike shoes work the best, like Koffee mentioned. Good luck!
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Found this info on the Hostel Shoppe web site under 'Help Guides", Click on Recumbent FAQ there is a lot of great info.... Here is what it says about "SLEEPY FEET"

How can I relieve the "sleeping feet syndrome" I sometimes get when riding my recumbent?


1. Make sure your shoe soles are as stiff as possible.

2. Make sure your shoes are not too tight in the ball of the foot. Try lacing them a little looser.

3. Shift down to a lower gear and work on spinning more. During the spinning stroke you should actually be pulling down and backwards for a short time. This helps me when my right foot occasionlly starts to burn and fall asleep.

My suggestions:

Wear cycling shoes, and use clipless pedals.

If it gets bad enough, all you need to do is take a break and it goes away within 1 or 2 minutes off of the bike.
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