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Keeping feet warm(14 posts)

Keeping feet warmgrettman
Nov 17, 2002 4:00 PM
I am new to winter riding. I have been collecting gear over the years so I can extend my season and now all I am missing is a why to keep my feet warm. I have gone to the local bike shop to try on booties and I am just not happy with them. They are a pain to get on (try the cheapos and the Pearl Izumis). They are either too big or impossible to get on over my shoes! what do you folks use? Any advice? I reall can't ride much longer without a way to protect my feet. Any help would be appreciated.
re: Keeping feet warmswvegg
Nov 17, 2002 4:11 PM
I use Louis Garneau toe covers, for about 45 degree weather and they work well, they're not too hard to get on and off (can take them on and off when riding pretty easily). They don't work that well in rain, but they're better than nothing.
re: Keeping feet warmJuanmoretime
Nov 17, 2002 5:14 PM
I rode 30 yesterday, 34 degrees and a 15 MPH wind. My toes were warm and toasty. I use a set of Triflex socks from Performance and a bootie over it. That's good for down to 20 above for me. The booties are not fun to put on but neither is all the other layers necessary to keeping warm.
re: Keeping feet warmJetSpeed
Nov 17, 2002 5:44 PM
I'm new to winter riding as well. I recently tried a wool blend cycling sock from a company called SmartWool. I think their 70% wool and some other blends together-really makes a big difference I think. I too wear the Izumi covers over my shoes. I also "pre-heat" my shoes and socks by putting them on a heat register in my house just before I step out the door! Give it a go!
Remember also that keeping your feet warm also depends on the amount of circulatiuon in your feet. Some people have better circulation hence, warmer feet than others. I'm not so lucky either.
Possible tip: put booties on first, then shoesKerry
Nov 17, 2002 5:55 PM
It doesn't work with every brand of booties, but in many cases it is easier to get the booties on your legs, then put your shoes on. YMMV.
Some general info....coonass
Nov 17, 2002 6:35 PM
and keep in mind that SIDI makes winter boots for road & off-road biking. Wear good quality (Smartwool,etc.) socks and leave some space in your shoe; too much over-layering will provide a conduit for the heat to transmit away from the foot to the shoe outer. (you can also get Toe Heaters from any Sporting Goods Hunting dept., including Wal-mart, for about $1/pr. and are good for about 4 hours...feet that are not frozen at the end of the ride are worth it :)
http://www.enteract.com/~icebike/
if you feet are cold ...then put on a hat!wink
Nov 17, 2002 6:49 PM
sounds crazy, but make sure that you have a good skull cap on, most of the heat loss is through your skull. This morning I rode 30 miles at 30 degree at 17 avg mph, one pare of generic white socks with some toe covers..and of course a very good skull cap from Castelli
Reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld...Matno
Nov 18, 2002 1:51 AM
"They say that you lose 70% of your body heat through your head, which makes it sound like you could ski naked if you had a really good hat..."
This is what I want..Qubeley
Nov 17, 2002 7:41 PM
Northwave Husky, sure looks warm to me.
http://www.trialtir-usa.com/2003-northwave/wintershoes-02/nw-02win-husky.htm
I rode in the 30s today, cold rain. When I got home, I can't feel my feets. The Windstopper shoe covers I had are really warm in the dry days, but they are not water-proof. Is there a water proof shoe cover out there?
Try thisREPO42
Nov 17, 2002 9:11 PM
Gators makes an awesome pair of neoprine shoe covers.. that's right make sure they are neoprin... Most catalogs will list the range of temp they are rated for...also wear a coolmax sock that wicks away persperation.. it's the moisture that make your feet get cold...I rode in 45 degree temp with my gators and cool max socks and all I can say is that my feet were toasty the mosty....gl
On the cheap side...MrCrud
Nov 18, 2002 12:49 AM
I worked as a bike messenger in Montreal for a winter. Just about the nastiest weather i've ever ridden in, day in, day out.

One of the tricks i've noticed works very well is bagging your feet. Subway bags are amazing. They're pretty thin, so you dont feel them, and they keep the warmth inside your shoes.

I also agree that you should get some good quality socks that arent too thick to prevent circulation.

Cheers!

Mr.Crud
re: Keeping feet warmnetso
Nov 18, 2002 4:58 AM
I am using PI Am Fib Booties. They have a Zipper, have no problem using. They keep my feet warm down to 37 degrees, which is the coldest I have ridden.
Big shoes, wool/polypro socks and neoprene booties.dzrider
Nov 18, 2002 5:37 AM
Gore-tex booties that fit inside your shoes can also help but may force you to get even bigger shoes. Another aspect of keeping my toes warm has to do with how I pedal. If I can concentrate on pulling back and kicking over the top of the pedal stroke I have less weight on my foot and the circulation to my toes is better.
Gore-tex booties that fit inside your shoes can also help but may force you to get even bigger shoes. Another aspect of keeping my toes warm has to do with how I pedal. If I can concentrate on pulling back and kicking over the top of the pedal stroke I have less weight on my foot and the circulation to my toes is better.dzrider
Nov 18, 2002 5:37 AM
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