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Old 04-26-09, 08:42 PM
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Pedal/cleat theory?

What are the advantages of variouse pedal/cleat systems? I use SPD's right now and wonder if the limited contact surface could lead to foot numbness.

Thoughts?
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Originally Posted by tntyz View Post
What are the advantages of variouse pedal/cleat systems? I use SPD's right now and wonder if the limited contact surface could lead to foot numbness.

Thoughts?
Possibly, although that is also related to the shoes that you're using. I had problems with foot pain when using Speedplay Zero pedals and some old Carnac shoes. The Carnacs fit me very well, so I hated to give them up - even though they had accumulated about 15,000 miles of use over the years. Finally I broke down and bought a pair of Shimano shoes with carbon soles. The difference was amazing! The new shoes with stiffer soles were dramatically more comfortable. Shoes' soles wear gradually over time, so you don't really them losing stiffness month to month. I think that is as much of a factor as the pedals which are being used.
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+1 on proper/nice shoes.

Numbness is almost always a factor of cleat placement and sole stiffness. If changing shoes or pedals is not something you feel like trying right now then first try to modify your cleat position. If minor changes don't work try to bring the cleat as far back as possible. Also try replacing the insoles. There are many options available.

Also you might need to use shims to cant the cleat a bit. Take a look at some old shoes of yours. Is the sole worn unevenly? Do the shoes tilt to the outside or inside noticeably when sitting on the ground? If so give some wedged shims a shot.

Another indication that you might need shims is if you feel pressure only on one side of your foot. The pressure should be even across the bottom of your foot.
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how well do your shoes fit?
are your feet getting really cold?
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