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Anyone Hurt Their Foot Mashing Up a Hill?

Old 05-17-16, 07:32 PM
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Anyone Hurt Their Foot Mashing Up a Hill?

For the past month or so I’ve been really getting into riding fixed gear. To the point my previous aversion of carrying any weight while doing so has disappeared. A few days ago I decided to hook the panniers to my rack and head out to Total Wine for a case of craft beer. I have a lot of hills that I normally ride and have gotten used to. Unfortunately, I underestimated the “hill” going to Total Wine. I had to slalom up that thing while mashing the pedals with everything I had for a good 1/3 of a mile. Then after loading the case of brew into my bags I had to deal with all the “normal” hills to get home. This required even more mashing than I’m used to because of the extra weight. So, to end my long story, my left forefoot got pretty f’d up to the point of not being able to put weight on it. It seems to be recovering but I was curious as to whether any other fixed riders have experienced this type of injury
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Old 05-17-16, 09:51 PM
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I tore a muscle in my forearm wrenching on the stupid droopy pista bars trying to climb when I first got the bike. Nice road bars, proper levers and lots and lots of riding straightened everything out after a while.

Rule of thumb for any form of exercise is don't increase duration, volume or intensity more than 10% at a time. Seems like you increased intensity quite a bit.
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Who doesn't get injured on their way to achieving greatness? Crack open one of those beers.
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the cartilage in my left foot has slowly worn down from running in the past so i occasionally get pain, especially if the straps are tight and i have to pull up hard or when out of the saddle and sprinting. you should consider what type of shoes/pedals you use. i ended up getting wider pedals which i feel helped by giving my foot a larger base to push off. It could also just be the combination of the hill and added weight was too much.
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Old 05-18-16, 12:29 AM
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It's probaby due to wearing a soft soled shoe, a rigid shoe will transfer the power across the whole foot.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Nice road bars, proper levers

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Old 05-18-16, 12:44 PM
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Yep, I felt something pop in my arch while SSing up a large hill years ago. It took months before it was painfree.
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boo! road bars FTW!!!

I ride road bars on my actual track bike - it never sees the road
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
boo! road bars FTW!!!

I ride road bars on my actual track bike - it never sees the road
I'm the exact opposite. I HATE road bars. The curve is so weird, and they're way too wide. I'm actually thinking about using track drops on my geared road bike.
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You can get 38 cm road bars. I have some on my track bike. Also I'm not sure what you're referring to in regards to the "curve", but there are many, many options for road bars.
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Well, all's good with the foot. Lesson learned. Today I road my fixed rig in for Ride to Work Day to show everyone I don't need no stinkin gears!
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