After my complaint about numb toes the other day, I got several pieces of advice from readers. One suggested the problem was simply the position of my cleat — that if I moved it back a tidge, it might resolve things.
So last night, I finally got off my duff and did it. I moved the left cleat back just a little bit — less than the 1/4 inch suggested. I figured that I’d take a cue from bike fitters, who move saddles around just a little bit at a time.
Today I went out for a ride of a bit over an hour. Covered 16.6 miles at an average speed of 16.3 mph. The route included hills and long flat stretches.
Ta da! The foot felt great. I had wondered if moving the left cleat to a slightly different position than the right one would cause some discomfort, but it didn’t. In fact, I never noticed the difference.
The acid test will come over the weekend. I’ll be riding both Saturday and Sunday, and we’ll see if more time in the saddle than usual will affect the little toe. But for now, I’m one happy pedaler. Thanks, Jeff!