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“Man, don’t your feet hurt after riding that long?” It’s a question I see frequently on the electric unicycle (EUC) forums, or get from friends and family after I tell them I just completed a 100 or 200 mile ride. My feet aren’t made of steel. My feet get tired and numb, but I’ve learned from watching others and personal experience a few tricks to make my long distance rides more comfortable. While these tips I’ll share with you will be helpful, there is one thing you’ll need to do if you’re a novice in order to comfortably last on a long ride. Condition your feet, and there is really only one way to do this — ride, ride, ride. If you’re a new rider, you need to know that there will be an adjustment period for your feet, ankles, and calves. You will be using a lot of new muscles you never knew you had. So there is really no way around the pain or discomfort you will initially experience when riding your wheel at first. You’ll just have to grin and bear it and ride a lot. Now that your feet have been conditioned and you’ve got a good 500 miles under your belt, you want to tackle the longer rides. Here are five foot positions you can practice to help your feet last longer and give you a more comfortable ride. (Read more)
Sooo... this maybe a stupid question but: Anyone got any magical tips for dealing with or preventing foot cramps? ie: Do you think they are better, or worse, if you wear a shoe with a soft sole, like running shoes? Or is it better with a hard sole? Got any other tips? EDIT - Since posting this I've ridden all summer testing various types of footwear and I am back in the fall to report: I believe that tightly laced combat style boots significantly reduce foot fatigue and cramps.