Hopefully some doctor/MTBer or other fellow rider have had this problem as well and can help me understand what is going on, please!
About 3 weeks ago I put SPDs (Crank Brothers Mallet 3) back again on my bike, to start riding faster both uphill and downhill; after spending about 6 months with flats+5.10s, while recuperating from a bad knee injury (full blown ACL, no surgery yet).
The pedals are brand new coupled with new 5.10 Maltese Falcon SPD shoes. From the start now, using SPDs I was feeling a bit of an irritation on my knee, but I thought it was because of the injury and the set position that the SPDs put the foot when clipped-in. But after the first ride, in all subsequent rides I am feeling after about 15-20 minutes of riding, my second toe on my left foot, to start going numb, what is up with that?
Have any of you felt something like this before when riding with SPDs? I have ridden before for 4 year clipped in before my knee injury and never felt this.
If I unclip and continue riding like this the numbness goes away, but when I clip-in and start riding uphill, I feel my second toe on my left foot going numb again losing all feeling. Could it be that some nerve is squeezed/affected when clipped-in? When riding with flats there’s no pain or numbness whatsoever.
The pedals + cleats where professionally fitted by my LBS, so hopefully no wrong there?!
What worries most though is that if I try to ignore this and keep riding clipped-in for long periods then my whole foot from the ankle down is starting to go numb as well losing most feeling. So then if I need to unclip for an emergency stop, or to get off the bike if I case a jump, etc. I won’t be able to feel what my foot is doing, let alone unclip and stand up in time, resulting in more pain and time off the bike.
Basically, have any of you felt this numbing sensation on your toes while riding clipped-in? How did you deal with it? What was the cause?
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