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Old 04-25-13, 09:01 PM
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SPD pedals for softer soled shoes

I bought a pair of Specalized Tahoe shoes last year for better off-bike walking ability to be used on some day and overnight credit card tours I have been wanting to do. However with the small platforms of the PD-M540's I have now, I am getting some numbness in my toes after 20 miles. Looking for some pedals that will provide some more support for my feet so I can put in some longer miles. Anyone use a pedal like the PD-M424 that has the poly cage? Or another other suggestions? Thanks!
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I can't exactly answer your question, but maybe offer an alternative. I've got Shimano M324 pedals on my commuter bike and I've taken this on S24Os of up to 45 miles each way with no problems. Of course, I have stiff-soled MTB shoes that I wear with them if I'm riding any distance. The downside to this combination is weight.

If your primary goal is a solution that gives you good support on the bike, allows you to walk naturally off the bike, and is relatively low weight, I suggest what I have on my touring bike. Shimano RT82 shoes offer great support with a great feel off the bike. I have never felt unsteady or cumbersome off the bike like I do when I wear road shoes with Look cleats. I use Crank Brothers Candy 1 pedals with these shoes, but I think many different SPD-style pedals would work just as well.
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I have a pair of these on one of my bikes. It's got a wide and supportive platform. The non-spd side has some pins to help keep your foot in place. I believe they are actually made by Wellgo. The ones I own are Performance branded, but they have dropped this model from the Performance lineup..


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I'm not sure how large these are but they look more comfortable for softer soled shoes.

Shimano PD-T400 white
https://www.xxcycle.com/pedal-shimano...-white,,en.php

Shimano PD-T400 black
https://www.xxcycle.com/pedal-shimano...-black,,en.php
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I have used two pairs of Tahoes over many thousands of miles of touring and randonnes. A platform pedal is unlikely to solve the problem.

It has more to do with the depression for the cleat plate right where the metatarsal bones fall. Compression of the nerves between those bones is what causes the numbness. This is despite the Tahoes having the insole with the metatarsal button.

A simple, cheap and, in my experience, effective solution was to insert an expired credit card in each immediately over the cleat plate and under the insole.
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The Deckster adds a platform , by having a spare cleat, on it, to any double-sided SPuD pedal [via QBP]
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