I also have trouble with numb feet. I'll tell you what I do, but
I'm sure it'll instill the wrath of speedster others, I'm sure.
Hey, I gave up cleated pedals. I'm a physician, mind you,
and have a decent knowledge of human physiolgy, and I
can't come up with any good medical reason for the oft-
quoted principle of keeping your foot's metatarsal head over
the median of your pedal with toe-clips or clipless pedals. It's
I ride a recumbant, with sandals, t-shirt and running shorts.
No Lycra, no pads in my shorts, no gloves, no funny bike-
shoes. And I ride with the same pedals I started with when I
was 9 years old. No clips, no cleats. I ride for a while with
my metatarsals over the pedal, then for a while with my heels
on the pedals. "The Heels??" you ask......yes, I vary my foot
on the pedal, with the toe sometimes, the meta-head
sometimes, often the mid foot and sometimes even the heel
other times. And I take my foot off the pedal for 30 seconds
every chance I get on long descents to minimize the
continuous presssure on the nerves that causes "hot foot".
Yes, I still get uncomfortable every 30-40 miles and have to
stop for a half hour, but not every 8 miles as I used to.
Riding is supposed to be comfortable.