Hi - I need help with my pedals.
TLDR: When on my road bike, I have to use MTB pedals with my cleats all the way back on my MTB shoe. If I try to use road shoes and Shimano road pedals I get toe numbness and calf cramping after 45min-1hr.
I’ve ridden mountain bikes my whole life and have used crankbrother candy pedals for 10 years. I got a road bike a few years ago and used the same pedals with my MTB shoes. 2 years ago I switched to flat pedals on my mountain bike to work on my skills. I kept riding road on my candy pedals and MTB shoes.
In the spring I got a smart trainer and jumped on zwift. I found myself getting calf cramp after each 1hr workout. I pushed my cleats all the way back and the problem went away. Still riding candy pedals and MTB shoes.
This summer I started crit racing and so I grabbed a pair of road shoes what were the same exact brand, style and size except being the road version vs MTB version. I got a pair of Shimano SPD-SL pedals and put the yellow cleats (6deg float) as far back as I could. I really like the locked in feeling and the stiffness of the road shoe. Unfortunately I still was getting toe numbness and calf cramping after about 1 hour riding. I lowered my seat slightly to accomodate the new pedals but that did not help.
I’m thinking of getting speedplay pedals and the extension plate that allows for a rearward cleat position. How are these for sprinting and out of saddle control? I don’t love the massive float and wiggle I get from my candy pedals as well as the relatively flexible MTB shoes. I did try to put my candy cleats on the road shoes but the platform was horrible and I was unclipping so easily. The stiffness was great though.
Help?! Any advice? I’d go straight for speedplay but don’t want to drop $200 on pedals if they won’t solve my problem. Thanks