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Cold Feet

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by striker, 17 Dec 2007.

  1. striker

    striker New Member

    This may be a daft question, but how do you keep your feet warm when using SPD shoes?
    I went for what was going to be a 25 mile ride at the weekend but after 5 miles I couldn't feel my toes they were so cold.

    I have a pair of lightweight Specialized shoes, and I put on the thickest pair of socks I could (not that thick because of the fit of the shoes)

    The rest of me was fine as I could wrap up well.

    do I need to splash out on a pair of winter shoes or is there a cheaper option?
     
  2. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    you need overshoes like these chappies.

    Do you know that part of your thread got seperated in a wormhole?
     
  3. striker

    striker New Member

    brilliant, thanks.

    yes, not sure what happened there!
     
  4. Landslide

    Landslide Rare Migrant

    Location:
    Called to the bar
    As a cheap intermediate option, try covering the front part of your feet with plastic bags (just cut the corners off a carrier bag or similar). They go between your shoes and socks and do a pretty good job of reducing wind-chill if your shoes have those lightweight mesh panels at the front. Also keeps the worst of occasional splashes of water at bay.

    Not a patch on proper overshoes though.
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Go for neoprene ones with velcro as the fastener. They don't work so well with SPD pedals either as with road cleats and pedals due to the recessed cleat.
     
  6. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    I have neoprene over shoes but still get cold feet. Putting on loads of socks can sometimes aggravate things too as if your shoes are too tight then the blood flow in your feet is restricted.

    I think I would be best off with proper winter boots. Having said that, it isn't THAT cold THAT often - and I am tight fisted.
     
  7. Two pairs of socks, one thin, one thick and a pair of overshoes does the trick for me:biggrin:
     
  8. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    I have the adidas climaproof overshoes and was out this morning on my commute in on them and the temp was near zero so pretty cold. My feet were warm the whole length of the journey. On the otherhand a couple of months ago when there were a couple of cold mornings and I was cycling in I wore 2 sets of socks and my feet were frozen at the other end and it wasn't just as cold as it was this morning or this evening on the way home. So definitely agree with using the overshoes. These are supposed to windproof and waterproof however whilst they are good in showers they aren't that great when it really tips it down the whole way. My feet are soaked so waterproof socks for that makes a good combo.
     
  9. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Just get some proper winter boots. There's no beating them for warmth and comfort. I have some Shimano RW101's, my feet were super toasty every day the last three days.
     
  10. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Sandwhich bags work a treat...always carry some in your kit...good for emergency waterproofing...for a while anyway!

    I (not being big on style) have simply taped over the mesh parts of my shoes with tasteful red insulating tape, which has made quite a difference.

    Cheap and cheerful...just like me!
     
  11. johnr

    johnr Über Member

    Woollybully - great socks. Wish I could find mine! At the risk of sounding a bit macho, I've found neoprin overshoes a bit on the warm side when it's a few degrees and not wet. I bought a pair of wind resistant ones (with pink hotrod flames on them, very cute) which do the trick on slightly warmer days.
     
  12. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    will condoms do the trick for the VERY tight-fisted?
     
  13. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
  14. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    That depends on the size of your feet...
     
  15. ChrisW

    ChrisW Senior Member