cold feet....

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cold feet....

Postby sixty5bri » 31 Jan 2010, 6:47pm

Hi

I've been out today for a ride, forty miles but after just a short while my feet got very cold.

I suffer terribly with cold feet, I wear Shimano Boots ( in this weather) and merino wool socks but does anyone have advice about how to keep my feet warm.

What methods/footwear combinations do you all use ?

I wait with anticipation.
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Re: cold feet....

Postby hondated » 31 Jan 2010, 7:38pm

Hi I have got those Shimano boots and given the review I read on them prior to buying I am disappointed with how cold they get.To make them warmer I use Sealsinz socks.

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Re: cold feet....

Postby meic » 31 Jan 2010, 7:50pm

3mm neoprene overboots, in my case from Mikedyason or is it now Inmotion.com
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Re: cold feet....

Postby PW » 31 Jan 2010, 7:54pm

The Northwave Celsius boots are warm, being Goretex lined they keep the water out too.
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Re: cold feet....

Postby Big T » 31 Jan 2010, 8:55pm

I wear hiking socks, then cycling shoes, then neoprene overshoes. My toes were a little cold at times today, but my feet were pretty warm most of the time. My son swears by Tesco bags between socks and shoes, then overshoes on top.
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Re: cold feet....

Postby andrew_s » 31 Jan 2010, 11:16pm

I use Lake MXZ302 boots (available here), normal socks and no overshoes, and haven't had cold feet yet
Any footwear for cold weather should be a size bigger than normal. If you just put thicker socks in your normal shoes you will restrict the circulation and make matters worse.

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Re: cold feet....

Postby gbnz » 1 Feb 2010, 8:53am

A thin pair of merino wool socks, plastic bags (carrier bag/sandwich bag), followed by an outer pair of thin socks

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Re: cold feet....

Postby james01 » 1 Feb 2010, 9:35am

andrew_s wrote:Any footwear for cold weather should be a size bigger than normal. If you just put thicker socks in your normal shoes you will restrict the circulation and make matters worse.


This is the key to cold weather dressing, it means you can start layering without constricting. There could be a case for swapping to old toe-clipped pedals for the duration of the cold weather so that you can wear some oversized non-cycling shoes.

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Re: cold feet....

Postby bikegeek » 1 Feb 2010, 12:33pm

"There's room for all of us on the road you know, you'll just have to take that bit of room behind me!"

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Re: cold feet....

Postby goatwarden » 1 Feb 2010, 12:57pm

bikegeek wrote:Try these...

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?moduleno=218156

Cheers, P


These are lovely, in theory! However, they only seem to be heated in the cenre, so won't really be much use for cold toes. Also the illustrated mains plug/ charger looks a little worrying for a battery operated device, as does the box contents list which seems to offer only one battery holder (ankles wired together?)

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Re: cold feet....

Postby bikegeek » 1 Feb 2010, 1:20pm

goatwarden wrote:
bikegeek wrote:Try these...

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?moduleno=218156

Cheers, P


These are lovely, in theory! However, they only seem to be heated in the cenre, so won't really be much use for cold toes. Also the illustrated mains plug/ charger looks a little worrying for a battery operated device, as does the box contents list which seems to offer only one battery holder (ankles wired together?)


Have used these myself for the last two winters. They work. All of your foot is warmed from underneath, esp. good for toes.
They run off 3 x AA cells per foot & I use rechargeables (2000mAh, good for 4hrs constant, longer if turned on for a bit, then off once you're warmed, then on when you've cooled, etc.).
They work in the wet. (don't expect 'em to dry out your wet socks, but they stop the stumpfoot feeling in the wet).
The batteries are contained in little pouches which attach to the leg/ankle with a comfortable velcro strap. (one per leg - ankles wired together? :roll: ).
All the gubbins can be hidden under your garments. I keep mine just under my overshoes so I can access the on/off switch. The cables are 16inches full stretch and are fitted with plugs for easy shoe removal.
They're a bit of a gimmick I know, but they do work & are much cheaper than the Sidi versions. If you've got poor circulation, or are out for hrs on end I'd recommend. Put 'em on inside your socks for even better warmth & ease of use.

Cheers, P.
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Here's what I got in the box. Batteries not included.
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Re: cold feet....

Postby sixty5bri » 1 Feb 2010, 1:31pm

bikegeek wrote:
goatwarden wrote:
bikegeek wrote:Try these...

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?moduleno=218156

Cheers, P


These are lovely, in theory! However, they only seem to be heated in the cenre, so won't really be much use for cold toes. Also the illustrated mains plug/ charger looks a little worrying for a battery operated device, as does the box contents list which seems to offer only one battery holder (ankles wired together?)


Have used these myself for the last two winters. They work. All of your foot is warmed from underneath, esp. good for toes.
They run off 3 x AA cells per foot & I use rechargeables (2000mAh, good for 4hrs constant, longer if turned on for a bit, then off once you're warmed, then on when you've cooled, etc.).
They work in the wet. (don't expect 'em to dry out your wet socks, but they stop the stumpfoot feeling in the wet).
The batteries are contained in little pouches which attach to the leg/ankle with a comfortable velcro strap. (one per leg - ankles wired together? :roll: ).
All the gubbins can be hidden under your garments. I keep mine just under my overshoes so I can access the on/off switch. The cables are 16inches full stretch and are fitted with plugs for easy shoe removal.
They're a bit of a gimmick I know, but they do work & are much cheaper than the Sidi versions. If you've got poor circulation, or are out for hrs on end I'd recommend. Put 'em on inside your socks for even better warmth & ease of use.

Cheers, P.


well for the price they seem to be worth a try, I'm off out to get some.

You can't beat an endorsment as far as I am concerned.

I'll let you know how I get on.
Raleigh Equipe (refurbished with shimano 105 bits)
Falcon 531 tubes (refurbished as a single speed)
Cube Ltd Pro Mountain bike.
Dahon Jetstream p8

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Re: cold feet....

Postby bikegeek » 1 Feb 2010, 1:34pm

What you get for your money...
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Re: cold feet....

Postby groveller » 1 Feb 2010, 4:44pm

To Quote the Fast show, "this season I has been mostly wearing Aldi socks and Overshoes".
I have suffered cold feet in the past but this winter no problems, I wish I'd bought a couple of pairs of each.

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Re: cold feet....

Postby mike » 1 Feb 2010, 4:58pm

I wear thermal socks, sandwich bag, cycling shoes followed by a pair of neoprene over shoes. Seems to work best for me.