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Coldfeet(10 posts)

Nov 3, 2003 8:38 AM
Any suggestions, on keeping my feet warm for the colder rides.
In the past I've used booties, and layered socks. I need something better!
Make sure you have some extra room..ismellcabbage
Nov 3, 2003 8:55 AM
When I tighten up the fit around my feet they get cold. Try a good set, maybe neaprene, booties with a thin pair of socks so your feet still have some wiggle room around your toes. You may be over doing it.
Couple ideas...biknben
Nov 3, 2003 8:56 AM
I have serious issues with cold feet when the temps go below freezing. I haven't solved the problem yet but I'm getting better.

1. Experiment with different socks and sock materials. It's the cheapest way to experiment. Socks only cost $10 or so.
3. Chemical Toe warmers. Those packs at the Home Depot check-out counter may do the trick. I gave it a try based on comments from people here. They work for some but it was a disaster for me. I burned my foot and was limping around for a day.
3. Consider a winter shoe. Carnac, Sidi, Lake, etc. all offer a winter shoe. The Sidi Storms are on my x-mas list.
4. A fisherman I know recommends using a spray anti-persperant on my feet before putting my socks on. In some cases, the cold is the result of excess sweat/moisture not being wicked away from the skin. The anit-persperant stops the source of the moisture. In theory this makes sense but I haven't tried it yet.
coupla moreSteve_0
Nov 3, 2003 9:16 AM
Forget riding boots, get either

1. Sandels! Can fit several pairs of nice, thick, warm socks in a pair of sandles. Great except in heavy rain/wet snow.

2. Regular, everyday boots. Nice pair of insulated timberlands(or whatever) will run about 1/2 the price of 'riding' shoes, will keep you warmer, and you can wear them when off the bike.
Sole Cushionsbimini
Nov 3, 2003 9:36 AM
If your shoes are a little on the loose size, try heavy sole cushions.

I got a new pair of carbon shoes this year (on ebay) and they were about a half size too large. I used a set of full size sole cushions to get a nice fit.

They have a pleasant side effect this fall. My feet stay warm. Last year the cold would come up through the cleat and cleat openning through my hard plastic sole shoes and straight to my feet. Even with neoprene booties and insulated socks my feet got cold if the outdoor temp dropped below 40.

The full sole neoprene cushion insulatates my foot from the cold sole. I have been out this fall at 30 degrees with the booties, carbon shoe, sole cushion and thin polyproplene socks and my toes stayed comfy. When it get colder I will add a 2nd or 3rd pair of polypro socks for layered insulation.

Much better than last year.

PS: Last year I broke the hard plastic soles of both shoes when I was riding out in the snow. The cold and ice caused the plastic to get brittle and they both broke in two just behind the cleat. Hopefully my new carbon soles don't do the same.
What ever you do, don't use ...cyclinseth
Nov 3, 2003 9:38 AM
cayene pepper. Once I tried mixing in some cayene pepper with some hand lotion. The idea was to get a more even application of pepper over the toes. My toes felt quite nice and warm while still in my appartment. But 20 minutes on the bike at about 30 degrees ... well try rubbing Ben Gay on your unmentionable parts and that's the level of pain I was in.

The best combination I've found:
1. Medium thickness sock, not too light, not too heavy
2. cycling shoes
3. plastic produce bag (the kind you yank off the roll and can never get to open up). Stick your shoed foot into one of the corners of the bag and then fold back the open end back over the toe of your shoes. So that there are three layers of plastic covering just the front of your shoe.
4. then the booties

with this, I can tollerate it down to about 20-25 degrees, and I have a problem with cold toes.

I'd like to try installing battery powered, ski-boot heaters into my cycliing shoes.

good luck
Thanks, I will try some of these very helpful suggestions! NMohmk1
Nov 3, 2003 10:57 AM
re: ColdfeetPEDDLEFOOT
Nov 3, 2003 11:40 AM
I've used the SmartWool Slush Puppysock with chemical foot warmers under the toes in my mountainbike shoes.This combination worked great in the low 30's.I have'nt tried it in the 20's yet but it looks like this weekend might be below 30 in the morning.I'll know then whether I'll need to adjust.I've also heard about using the plastic bag trick but have never given it a try.I have a problem with cold feet ever since I had my toes frost bit as a kid.I think the SmartWool socks are the best.I even use them for everyday wear.
Yet one more use for Duct Tapepitt83
Nov 3, 2003 12:09 PM
On the shoes. Wind and water proof. If you have nice shoes, I might use a thin plastic bag to keep the adhesive off.

Great for MTB since you don't want to ruin nice shoe covers trucking through the woods.
Getting off and walking a bit helps on real cold days. (NM)High Gear
Nov 3, 2003 7:47 PM