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Specialized BG footbeds

pauldavidpauldavid Posts: 440
edited June 2012 in Road beginners
Has anyone tried using them in other manufacturers shoes?

I am suffering badly with a pain in my feet after about 20 miles and need to try some sort of footbed and think that the in shoe wedges with specialized footbeds may be the answer but use Bontrager shoes and haven't got a lot of money at the moment .

Any advice gratefully received.

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  • CalpolCalpol Posts: 1,039
    What sort of pain?
    I was getting a touch of plantar fascitis in my dhb shoes. Spesh footbeds have sorted it out. I needed the green ones with the most arch support as I have high arches. Tested this on the pressure mat in my LBS. Not sure about the wedges. I have used a couple in the right shoe as I get a bit of ITB in the right leg/hip due to uneven leg length. For 25 quid I find them very good.
  • pauldavidpauldavid Posts: 440
    The pain is along the outr edge of my foot.

    I also have flat feet so I think I need the red footbed but will stand correcting.
  • roypsbroypsb Posts: 307
    pauldavid wrote:
    The pain is along the outr edge of my foot.

    I also have flat feet so I think I need the red footbed but will stand correcting.

    I sometimes get that too with my Spesh shoes, particularly on my right foot. I'm flat footed as well. I tend to loosen the shoe slightly but would rather a proper solution.
  • k-dogk-dog Posts: 1,652
    I suffered for years with bad feet and knees and it's only recently that I've worked a lot of it out.

    Pain on my outer foot was caused by shoes being too narrow - I was bunching my toes and then putting all my weight on the side of my foot. I've swapped everything for wider versions (New Balance training shoes and Sidi Mega bike shoes) and my feet look totally different.

    I've spent a lot of time look at foot problems and I think a lot of flat foot and pronating problems are actually just wide feet in narrow shoes - years of that does funny things to your shoes. Took me a long time for mine to recover - and as much time barefoot as possible seemed to help.

    I used to use the Specialized insoles - I found the button at the front helpful - but since those changes I don't have to. I still use the wedges under my insoles to line my knees up better. I'm suspicious if I got a longer pedal axle I wouldn't need those but they work for now.

    I'm thinking about changing to external wedges just to get some of the shoe volume back though.
    I'm left handed, if that matters.
  • brettjmccbrettjmcc Posts: 1,361
    I use them in my Sidis. Found them better than the standard Sidis personally.

    What size foot are you? I have the blue medium ones, so have a spare set of Red ones (but I have small feet)
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  • alpineaddictalpineaddict Posts: 247
    OK.. sorry to jump into this thread but I thought I would 'get shot' by the admins for posting a practically identical thread...

    I have flat feet and currently where orthotics for that purpose as well as my left leg being about 7mm shorter than my right... I have been researching, over the last few days, on footbeds, shims etc...

    My question is, does anyone know of a specialist cycle shoe fitting shop/person etc that I might be able to use to get my feet sorted once and for all (for cycling) as I feel that my issue could be a contributory factor to my lower back pain whilst on long rides...

    I came across this guy who is brilliant but I feel that a trip to Australia is a bit extreme... Although, a really interested blog for anyone who has feet issues...

    http://www.stevehoggbikefitting.com/blog/

    many thx in advance and sorry to 'pauldavid' for jumping on this thread, but hopefully we can both get some help out of it...
  • pauldavidpauldavid Posts: 440
    Thanks for all your replies, I have very narrow feet and seem to have enough room in the shoe so don't believe they ae pinching for that reason and I did used to over tighten slightly across the front of the shoe but don't do this now I am used to my shoes.

    In every other respect I am very comfortable on the bike and this is the only thing spoiling my rides so hopefully these will be a good solution.

    Oh, and by the way I'm a size 8.
  • I have flat feet and haven't yet had any pain in my feet or knees that I have various problems with.

    Having said that I have only been riding 2 weeks with furthest so far 20 miles.

    I have however been looking at similar threads as I wear orthotics normally, I came across this yesterday
    http://www.bikefit.com/c-1-cleat-wedges.aspx
  • xpc316expc316e Posts: 43
    @alpineaddict

    There is a husband and wife team who run a shop in London who have been trained by Steve Hogg. They get folk from all over Europe for bike fitting. Check out Steve Hogg's website for their details.
    Riding a Dahon Jetstream P9 folder, a Decathlon Fitness 3 flat-barred road bike, a Claud Butler Cape Wrath MTB, a TW 'Bents recumbent trike, a Moulton-based tandem, and a Scott CR1 Comp road bike.
  • GizmodoGizmodo Posts: 1,928
    I've got these in my Bontager shoes
    http://www.esoles.com/products/bontrager_upgrade_kit.aspx

    They come with several height arch supports which Velcro onto the insole so you can build up the height over time until you reach the desired level of support.
  • KneesawayKneesaway Posts: 56
    Hi All

    I got some wedges in my shoes a couple of years ago whilst having my Bike fitted by http://bikedynamics.co.uk/ and they also suggested I got some Blue Spesh insoles.

    My knees had been causing me problems beforehand, but have been fine ever since.

    N
  • bobinskibobinski Posts: 568
    xpc316e wrote:
    @alpineaddict

    There is a husband and wife team who run a shop in London who have been trained by Steve Hogg. They get folk from all over Europe for bike fitting. Check out Steve Hogg's website for their details.


    Thats the Bike wisperer where i had my fitting. They take a holistic approach to fitting that may put some off but it worked for me. I have flat pronating feet.They specified a wedge for my right foot. I ride with spd's. Before the fitting I would end up with pain in ball of both feet and and also outer right foot. Since then i can cycle 70 -80 miles pain free. I really recommend them if you live in the south east.
  • alpineaddictalpineaddict Posts: 247
    bobinski wrote:
    xpc316e wrote:
    @alpineaddict

    There is a husband and wife team who run a shop in London who have been trained by Steve Hogg. They get folk from all over Europe for bike fitting. Check out Steve Hogg's website for their details.


    Thats the Bike wisperer where i had my fitting. They take a holistic approach to fitting that may put some off but it worked for me. I have flat pronating feet.They specified a wedge for my right foot. I ride with spd's. Before the fitting I would end up with pain in ball of both feet and and also outer right foot. Since then i can cycle 70 -80 miles pain free. I really recommend them if you live in the south east.

    Thx for this Bobinski... Might look them up and at least get in touch to see what they have to say... :D
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