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Recommendation for cold-weather socks?(13 posts)

Recommendation for cold-weather socks?CRM
Oct 3, 2001 9:20 AM
What socks do you wear to keep your feet warm in your cycling shoes in the winter? Is there a layering system for socks, i.e., a thin base layer and heavier over-sock? Which brand(s) in particular do you recommend?

I've tried a lot of stuff and nothing seems to keep my toes from freezing when it's really cold out. And that's with booties, too. Thanks for your help.
Wool socks, 2 thin pairs. Winter cycling boots. nmMB1
Oct 3, 2001 10:24 AM
SmartWool socks...MrCelloBoy
Oct 3, 2001 11:23 AM
Then regular socks with neoprene booties, then thin undersocks, SmartWool and Neoprene booties, then stay inside!

Back before I could afford nice stuff, I'd wear a cotton inner sock, a baggie (used supermarket veggie bag), then a second wool sock on the outside.
SmartWool socks...LLSmith
Oct 3, 2001 1:51 PM
Last winter I used the smart wool(thick) with the neoprene booties over the sox...then the shoes.I had some problems with cold when it was below mid thirties. Im going to try the same thing this year, but also use some of the booties that go over the shoes.My fingers will thaw out on real cold days, but my toes never do.
brrrrrr! ...breck
Oct 3, 2001 12:21 PM
The human body unlike wolves and coyotes :) have shunts in the outermost digits to close off blood flow if the brain or central body core (heart & lungs) starts dropping temp; the two jugular veins in the neck have no such shunt. So what may happen if you try and insulate the hands and feet only, and not the head ...the fingers and toes will get cold as the brain sacrifices them for it's own need.

First line of defense is a good wool or synthetic head topper. A baklava works if your ears also get cold. A beanie cap, bill facing backwards is also used by many; and a helmet cover if you like. For the torso, a long sleeved synthetic tee-style shirt by Pearl, North face, etc goes on first. Then maybe a wind proof vest, mesh in back ...then the outer pocketed jersey. Keep a compressed light weight rolled up water resistant jacket, such as Tote makes, in the back jersey pocket for rain, sleet, snow.

For the legs go with a synthetic tight over your normal padded shorts. A water resistant over-shell pants if it is really cold, sleet, windy, etc. Socks can be synthetic smooth fabric as the first layer. Pearl, Thorlo, etc. wool blend over. Winter shoes should be at least 1/2 to one size larger than the summer to accommodate the extra bulky socks, e.g., size 48 winter Vs 47 summer. Then the over bootie goes on last :) Gloves can be the $$$ Pearl, or a cheaper ski glove. If blowing sleet or now is in the air, such as here in the mountains, use a ski goggle.

For the longer winter rides keep some dry fire wood handy for the wood burner when you return. Also a hot brew w/ beef or chicken bullion cubes works wonders for the system after the ride. I typically get under a wool blanket and shiver myself warm till the old Vermont Castings air-tight Vigilant cast iron wood burner gets the cabin re-heated, as we have no propane. Then the hot shower, then the latest WCP bike tape, the Belgian' Liege-Bastogne-Liege being my favorite; the old Siberian Lotto rider Andre Tchmil being "the man". For the CD listen try the track from "Ray Charles and Betty Carter", "Baby It's Cold Outside"! :)

chhh-eee-rrr-s in your winter rides:),
This man knows what he is talking about. nm.MB1
Oct 3, 2001 12:26 PM
Breck as in Breckinridge, Co? That can be cold! nmBrooks
Oct 3, 2001 12:26 PM
You must be hungrybikedodger
Oct 3, 2001 1:34 PM
A baklava is a pastry and would make a mess on your ears, it's better in your mouth! A balaclava would keep your head warm.
Oct 3, 2001 2:00 PM
...there, finally got it right, and thanks :)

from Turkish mid 17th century.

balaclava ...a close-fitting knitted covering for the head and neck,
named for the Chinese village of Balaklava in the Crimera.

...from Encarta World English Dictionary, 1999.

In an event have ate none of the former and two of the latter,
and yes am still hungary, er ...umm hungry! :)

bgcc ( bubble gum cigar club :)
brrrrrr! ...commento reverso :)breck
Oct 3, 2001 1:38 PM
See that me have the pocketed bike jersey going on over the wind proof vest. Reverse that as y'all have caught am sure. Good op to use those mostly worthless summer short zip jerseys we own.

For me actually summer is more challenging than winter, esp. in my desert runs, not so much the road and mountain bike rides we do here at between 4K and 6K feet elevation. We locals have the op for riding mountain and desert paved roads on the road bike and mountain trails and jeep desert road on the mountain bikes. So we get lots of varying experience on the bikes, etc.

The speed on the road bike keeps us summer cool when using the long zip jerseys. The mountain summer trail MTB rides one can heat up on long slow narrow single-track tech climbs esp with the knats and flys, from the trail horse >pee(!), eating at your eyeballs :) The local mountain/ desert area where i road and mtb ride, trail run, etc., is the greater Julian area of east county, San Diego.

I use breck for short. Breck is from the old Breckinridge, Texas named Richardson, and has the common border to the north with Plano, Texas ...home of Lance Armstrong ...though he has migrated on to Austin and France :), etc., and he had yet to appear on the scene when i left there in 1961. There is also a Breckenridge, Texas.

is it balclava??
my spell-check ate it ...GULP! :)

I kinda wondered...Brooks
Oct 3, 2001 2:36 PM
about the vest under the short jersey. As it cools here at 7K feet in the Utah Mountains (it was below 30 this am, but about 70 in the pm) layering is important. I do the short jersey, long jersey, then vest. I hitch the vest over the rear pockets for access. Colder rides get the jersey and an old polypro/goretex windfront jacket. Neoprene for the ears is a must particularly for those downhills. I try to keep pastries off my head ;-)
What a piece!!Lone Gunman
Oct 3, 2001 3:46 PM
I had ordered some bib tights from and was kicking myself because I waited too long to order the knickers that I wanted and the tights were $25 more than knicks. As it turns out, the Santini tites that arrived are one fine piece of riding gear. Unadvertised features are double thick at the knees, water resistant and windproof. These are team kit but it is heavy weight fuzzy inside lycra bibtights.
re: Recommendation for cold-weather socks?DINOSAUR
Oct 3, 2001 5:51 PM
Last winter I stumbled on some wool Wigwam snow boarder socks. A tad on the thick side, but they are machine washable, and best of all, they work. I don't ride in extremely cold weather, usually in the 40's here in the Ca foothills, but the wind chill can get down in the 20's when you are descending. When it gets cold and overcast I slap on an old pair of cotton socks over my cycling shoes. I make slits in the bottom to allow for the cleats. Looks sort of dorkey, but it works. Basically it just keeps the wind off. I have a ton of old socks, probably a couple of years worth. Covering the shoes also makes them last longer as they are not as exposed to the elements. Believe it or not, I read about this in Bicycling Magazine. I think it's a European thing...