Toes tingling?

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    May 12, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Hi all,
    I'm fairly new to road biking and have only done three rides so far (my teammates and I are doing the RAGBRAI ride so I'm training for that). I wore my sneakers for my first ride on a borrowed bike, and wasn't using toe clips. I now have bike shoes and toe clips on my (new!) bike, and both these last two rides my toes have started tingling terribly and falling asleep. I've had to stop to take them out of the clips and walk around. I tried lacing the shoes looser for the second ride, to the point where the shoes could slide right off me when I got home, and it still happened. My straps on the clips are SUPER loose. So I'm now at a loss as to what could be causing it. Any ideas would be much appreciated as this sucks! icon_sad.gif
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    May 13, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    are your socks tight, they could cause tingling by cutting circulation .
  • masculumpedes

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    May 13, 2011 3:56 AM GMT
    A good foot massage would do wonders to restore the circulation...icon_wink.gif
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    May 13, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    malefeet saidA good foot massage would do wonders to restore the circulation...icon_wink.gif


    ah, and how do you get those while riding ? *perplex*
  • Bigolbear

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    May 13, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    I've always been a fan of Shimano clips and cleats. I never had a problem with long distance riding with those. It does take some time to get used to sliding into the clip and learning to slide out quickly, but I never had any foot numbness with that system.

    This page has some clips and cleats:

    http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-M324-Clipless-Clip-Pedals/dp/B001AT33CW

    They are pretty easy to add and remove.



    My biggest problem was hand numbness. I tried all kinds of pads and gloves and nothing fixed it for me. I just think I was placing too much of my body weight on my hands and there was probably too much road vibration. It just seemed that no matter what I did I couldn't get that to go away.
  • gwuinsf

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    May 18, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    If you are new to road biking, have you had your bike properly fit? I don't just mean the guy in the shop you bought your bike from adjusting the height of your saddle. I mean a professional bike fitter (and any good bike shop will have recommendations or someone in-house you pay to do this) that gets you in your saddle, has you spin, exams your pedal stroke, and adjusts everything from the handlebar stem to the height of the seat to the position of your pedals/clips.

    It's really hard to say what the cause is exactly. It could be your pedal stroke. Your downward bottom stroke should be like you're scrapping dog shit off your shoe. If your saddle is too far forward you could be striking down toe first and putting too much pressure on your toes. Or like someone said above it could be your saddle or if your handlebars are not positioned proper distance away you could be in wrong spinal alignment.

    My first recommendation is to make sure your bike is properly fit. Proper bike fit is a must do if you're going to do any consistent road biking.