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Guess I'll keep this post pretty short. I'm training for a 50 mile event. At about the 25-28 mile mark on a typical trail ride I seem to start feeling some numbness in my feet (similar to having really cold feet). Eventually I get a bit of discomfort in my quads and, if I don't start taking some breaks, I will start cramping to the point of being unable to function.

On the indoor trainer this feeling starts at about the 30 minute mark. My guess is it comes on sooner since I am sitting 100% of the time on the trainer as opposed to quite a bit of out-of-the-saddle riding out on the trail.

Is this a seat issue? Are there any geometry things I can mess with to try to fix the issue? Unfortunately I can't really afford a professional fitting at this point, so I need to do whatever I can to try to remedy the issue myself.
 

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My first guesses:


Saddle fit

CLEATS...how are they positioned on your shoes?


I look at the saddle stuff with cleat position, etc as one big synergistic unit :thumbsup:
 

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I ride mainly on the road and had similar issues with my feet and still have it occasionally. Several years ago I switched to a shoe that was a half size bigger. As you ride your feet swell and the tightness can cause numb feet. If I wear socks that are little to thick it can cause the same problem. After a couple of hours of riding I have to loosen my shoes quite a bit and I can almost feel the blood flowing back into them.

Cramping is another problem for me and I have found that E-Caps by Succeed really help. They are packed with sodium. On hilly, hot rides I will take one every 20 minutes with plenty of water. If I don't take enough and start to cramp I use my watch to ensure I am taking one every 20 minutes and within an hour I am ready to push it again.
 

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RSW42 said:
My first guesses:

Saddle fit

CLEATS...how are they positioned on your shoes?

I look at the saddle stuff with cleat position, etc as one big synergistic unit :thumbsup:
Cleats are positioned in line with the balls of my feet. I had an initial fit on the bike when I purchaed it about two years ago.

Aside from swapping the seat out a while ago, the only thing that has really changed is there is less fat on my ass and I now take less breaks during my rides. When I swapped out the seat I made sure to put the new one on in the exact same position as the old.
 
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