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Help with shoes/cleat setup

Old 05-28-15, 09:41 PM
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Help with shoes/cleat setup

I bought my first pair of shoes/pedals a couple of weeks ago the LBS set them up and I went out for a ride. At about 5 miles my right foot started to hurt right around one toe in from the pinky toe.The shoes are Bontrager Race/road with the spd-sl cleat. I returned to the LBS and they suggested inserts for the shoes which I picked up (specialized) they also told me to move the cleat back a little and test it out. The insert really didnt do anyting for me.

I am on my 7 ride with these shoes each ride I have done one single adjustment and I have been able to get it a little better but nothing like my left foot which does not hurt at all. I have moved the cleat back, moved toe out, moved toe in, and even tried moving the cleat forward. I am at a lose here and would hate to go back to toe clips but the headache/foot ache just is not worth my time.

Can someone suggest something that I may be missing? to me it feels like I am only pushing on the outside of my right foot. My left foot feels like I am pushing equally across the plain of the foot not to one side.

Any help would be appreciated I really dont want to ebay these things


Trek 1.2
Bontrager road/race shoes
Shimano 540 pedals
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Old 05-29-15, 03:12 AM
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Assuming you moved your right cleat to the outside, try to pedal more with your heel down if you aren't already and tell yourself to relax your foot and wiggle your toes for a few seconds every time you're coasting. You can unclip while you're coasting to shake the foot out, even the pro's do that. I have to keep telling myself to do that or I'll forget. That's the only thing that's ever helped me from getting hot spots on long rides. Different shoes, cleat position, inserts, ect never did anything for me. And you may be doing more mashing on your pedals rather than spinning. Every time you pull up on the upstroke it take pressure off the bottom of your foot.
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I had a pretty similar thing going on when I purchased a new carbon-sole shoe recently.
(First time in a carbon sole for me)

Bought the Specialized insoles, which did give a more snug/contoured fit to my foot (the shoe model had quite a flat base).

Googled around a bit, and some people suggested a metatarsal 'button'.
So I cut out an inch-or-so diameter of the original sole which came with my shoe, and taped this to the underside of the Specialized right insole, in the right spot.

It took a couple more weekends of riding to eventually go away (the numbness in the toe next to the pinkie on my right foot).

Riding my bike, when I think about it, I still am pressing down a little toward the outside of my right foot, but probably no where near as much as you.
Trying to work on this, but again the toe thing has gone away.
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