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This is my second year road biking and saturday I did 115KM about 3:50 and after3 hours, the pain in the feet got so bad I had to stop, loosen my shoes and walk around for a few minutes. I have Shimano R122 shoes and Ritche SPD peddles. The pain started in the balls of my feet, and soon included the toes. I would appreciate any comments/info as I hope to extend my riding this summer to do a century ride later.
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ouch.

anyway, you don't need your shoes all tight and laced up. keep them real loose. i tie mine up just so the laces don't go flopping everywhere. your feet expand as they get warmer so if you lace tightly, after 15/30 mins that will be one tight shoe.. that should fix it. if not, get look pedals, which have a larger base and won't have hotspots.

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This is my second year road biking and saturday I did 115KM about 3:50 and after3 hours, the pain in the feet got so bad I had to stop, loosen my shoes and walk around for a few minutes. I have Shimano R122 shoes and Ritche SPD peddles. The pain started in the balls of my feet, and soon included the toes.
 

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I do keep them pretty, I like the feel of no

room to slide around in the shoe. Maybe I'm getting them too tight. I might have to get into a pair of pedals with a bigger platform though. I wonder if anyone else has issues with the smaller, lighter pedals.
 

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I had the same problem and I had strapped in too tight on the straps closer to the toes. Now I stand in my shoe when I strap in. It helps flatten out my foot moreso than sitting down and strapping in. I strap in pretty tight at the ankle strap.

Dana - Love his LOOK pedals too.
 

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about ten minutes into my ride I pull hard on the toe and

and middle straps, prolly tooooo tight. It feels good to have real positive contact between the foot and the pedal, but after about 3 hours, it feels pretty bad. I'll leave a little room in the toe and see if that solves the problem. Otherwise a large platform pedal.
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Another tip - move the cleats back

Too-tight shoes and small platform pedals certainly are problems, but also consider moving the cleats back a bit on your shoes. This spreads the forces over a broader part of the foot.
 

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If you have hard orthotics, wear them.

They also help disperse the contact across your foot.
 
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