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cold hand and feet(9 posts)

cold hand and feetmorency
Jan 8, 2003 4:02 AM
does anyone have tips to prevent cold hand and feet while riding in temperatures -10°C?
re: cold hand and feethusker
Jan 8, 2003 8:42 AM
Aside from the obvious, buying shoe covers, wear two pair of socks and put a lunch baggy over your toes between the socks (put on one sock, then baggy, then second sock). This will help reduce the cold wind on your toes. If it's real bad, put baggies over the second pair of socks and into the shoes. As for your hands, warm gloves.
re: cold hand and feetThorman
Jan 8, 2003 9:43 AM
Aside from the aforementioned suggestions, I've used some warming pouches in my shoes the last few times I've been out and they seem to work well for up to 3 hours. I found mine in the hunting section of my local Walmart.

re: cold hand and feetGalibier
Jan 8, 2003 10:30 AM
Make sure your torso is warm. I've found that my hands and feet are coldest at the start of my rides, when presumably my body has pulled blood from my extremities to pool it in my torso, and that my hands/feet warm up comfortably as my torso warms up, when blood is returned to my extremities.
Big enuff shoes to accomadate heavy wool sox.dzrider
Jan 8, 2003 1:48 PM
My feet get colder faster when my shoes are tigght so I keep a large pair for winter riding. GoreTex wind stopper gloves over poly pro liners work well on my hands. Again they must be large enough not to inhibit blood circulation.
re: cold hand and feetdickruthlynn
Jan 8, 2003 5:29 PM
I have found that cold feet can be sort of prevented or greatly reduced buy wearing wool socks but with much larger shoes. I normally take a size 43 cycling shoe, but for winter I have a pair of 46's that are extra wide. It seems the sweat must be allowed to evaporate. I also suggest not to wear those shoes that fit like socks inside. For cold hands, I prefer the Specialized Sub-Zero gloves. Here too go with an XL if you normally take a L or M. And do not jam your fingers all the way in to the glove. As I ride I move my toes and fingers around and sometimes shake my hands so the glove does not bind my fingers. I ride in Chicago all year and this works for me.
Hot Hands Chemical WarmersBigLeadOutGuy
Jan 9, 2003 6:07 AM
goto any sporting goods store and they should have them. tape them to your socks right at the toes and youll be good to go.
they also make 'toasty toes' with adhesive backing nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 6:18 AM
re: cold hand and feetcommuterguy
Jan 9, 2003 7:16 AM
I recently bought some Pearl Izumi lobster gloves that, if anything, are too effective at retaining heat. It hasn't gotten cold enough (in DC area) for these to be "just right."

I also recently got some Cannondale wool socks from Performance. These have been great: my feet don't get cold (wearing Sidi Genius Mega shoes w/o covers) but they do breathe.

Finally, I will reinforce what the other posters say about core temperature: keep your head (esp. ears) covered, and make sure you have a warm, wind-proof but breathable fleece vest or jacket. That way, your body will be able to spare some warm blood for your extremities.