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No-breathe shoes: winter project blues(12 posts)

No-breathe shoes: winter project bluesmass_biker
Oct 29, 2002 1:12 PM
Okay - looking to potentially upgrade shoes that I have used for my fixies in the past, and that I will be using for my current fixie (in the project stage - i.e. bits and pieces). I usually use SPDs on my fixie as it is an around-town vehicle as well as winter training bike (and they also have crossover potential for my MTB, but that is another story altogether).

As such, I am looking for burly (but not winterized) SPD compatible (and walkable, ideally), stiff, cycling shoes that don't have the ever-present "highly breatheable mesh upper" (it's as if cycling companies don't understand that there are people who ride bikes who live outside of AZ or SoCal).

Of course, on the really gnarly, cold rides, there are many layers of wool (socks) and neoprene (booties) involved, but it would be nice to start at the source.

Your perspectives are greatly appreciated.

MB
re: No-breathe shoes: winter project bluesAndy M-S
Oct 29, 2002 1:16 PM
I have some Nikes--I think they're Pedali Combo (or somesuch nonsense) that I bought for just such a purpose. They're all black simulated leather on top, no vent holes in the bottom, either.

They wouldn't be my choice for warm weather riding, but they're the ultimate cold-weather shoe. Put on some nice wool socks, and I'm set down into the chilly range...
re: No-breathe shoes: winter project bluesPEDDLEFOOT
Oct 29, 2002 1:19 PM
I use a pair of Shimano suede leather shoes for winter riding.They lace up and have a very good rubber sole for walking.They also have good traction in the wet.They're heavy as hell but if you need warmth and walkability try a pair.
Northwave used to make an Arctic Mtb. shoe...Uprwstsdr
Oct 29, 2002 1:55 PM
I say used to because it is available on Sierra trading post in limited sizes and they generally carry close-outs. Available sizes are 36,37,39 and 42. If you are one of those sizes check them out - http://www.sierratradingpost.com
re: No-breathe shoes: winter project bluesmealex
Oct 29, 2002 2:10 PM
You may not want to hear this, but toss the cleats for the winter, and use powerstraps(or toe clips) and real live winter boots. It ain't pretty, but it's warm.

I'm not sure where you live, but I live in northern Ontarion, and my clips start to seriously fail me, in the "warm" department, in january and february.
Another vote for power grips (or toe clips) and bootsSilverback
Oct 29, 2002 3:47 PM
When I lived in SF and 50 degrees was cold, I could get away with bike shoes. Now I live in the land of freezing temperatures, and I've switched to either toe clips or power grips and whatever footwear the temperature demands. Usually I can get by with leather boots and wool socks, but when it drops below about 20, I go with Sorels. You get used to it, and it's better than riding the trainer.
another vote for no cleatsslow-ron
Oct 30, 2002 4:22 AM
I've spent the past three years trying to figure out how to keep my feet warm with no avail. Booties, duct tape, plastic wrap, electric socks, nothing works for more than 1/2 hour in really cold conditions. Then I remembered how I used to ride in the winter when I began cycling, old Timberland gortex hiking boots with thick wool socks and toe clips. I'm getting ready to pull the LOOKS off the rig and put on some old platform pedals with clips that I was going to throw away. I'll do anything to stay off the trainer.
SIDI Freeze @coonass
Oct 29, 2002 5:14 PM
www.xpedia.co.uk or try CC, or Excel....great fitting and don't feel like you really have a 'boot' on....get at least 1/2 size larger for the Smartwool or Polartec socks....I wore them for the first time last year and now have a pair of SIDI Storm 2 (MTB) shoes on order (from CC) for this Winter's cruising.....BRING IT ON !!!!!
"Freeze"? Couldn't find it, but found a shoed called "Storm 2"timfire
Oct 30, 2002 10:17 AM
I went to xpedia and couldn't find a Sidi shoe called "Freeze." I also went to the Sidi website and couldn't find it there either. But at the Sidi website they DID have a winter shoe called the "Storm 2."

--Tim Kleinert
cheap alternative...phlegm
Oct 29, 2002 8:40 PM
Take an old pair of shoes (cycling or not) and cover them with duct tape.
re: No-breathe shoes: winter project bluesspookygeek
Oct 29, 2002 10:17 PM
Take whatever shoes you already own, then cover them in clear tape....when it gets warm peel it off....repeat.

Brent
re: No-breathe shoes: winter project bluescincy1
Oct 30, 2002 9:13 AM
How about these?

http://www.schoolunif.com/toasfeetwarc.html