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Winter footwear

Postby Buck91 » January 9th, 2019, 1:59 pm

So I’ve been out of the cycling routine for a couple years now but looking to start back up. Used to commute year round as well as do recreational road and mtb rides year round. So I used to be very accustom to cold weather riding and did fine with heavy weight merino socks and slightly oversized shoes. Last time I rode in cold weather.... I was far less accustomed. Plus, that’s not a very effective option when you are hovering near freezing and have to deal with liquid water.

I don’t have a large budget for new bike gear at this point but the only thing I lack is a good winter shoe setup. Any suggestions on good shoe covers? Or would I be better off to bite the bullet on some winter shoes? I’m interested in staying clipless- not going platform just because it’s winter. Plus I’m a very solid Clyde’s and wear a 48-49 shoe...

FWIW I would be looking to gear up for roughly hour-long rides. Probably around 12-15 miles each. Mostly paved surfaces but maybe MTB weather and schedule affording the chance.


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Re: Winter footwear

Postby barrybs » January 9th, 2019, 2:40 pm

Here are some very warm 48's for sale. ( not mine)

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Re: Winter footwear

Postby c0nsumer » January 9th, 2019, 3:11 pm

Winter shoes are really the best way to go. I have both Specialized Defrosters and 45NRTH Wolvhammers and like them both. I use my Defrosters for road and dry trail rides from about 50F to just below freezing, and the Wolvhammers for whenever there is snow on the ground.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby b_b » January 9th, 2019, 3:40 pm

Covers are not warm enough so just get winter shoes. Above mentioned boots look like a great deal. Toe warmers stuck to the top of your foot also help a lot for about $13 for a big box at Costco.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby Hudnut » January 9th, 2019, 7:42 pm

I either use my summer shoes with duct tape on the vents. Then for long rides put a chemical toe warmer on the outside of the shoe then top off with regular shoe covers. For fat biking I just put on flats and wear my hiking boots with layered socks

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Re: Winter footwear

Postby bbender785 » January 17th, 2019, 10:31 am

i tried the shoe cover thing for a year.. no bueno. no insulation in the soles meant the cleats were a heatsink and sucked any warmth right out the bottom. also as a size 13 shoe wearer, stretching shoe covers to (or past) their limits meant they didn't hold up well for me.

i've been wearing Northwave Artic GTX i scored online for less than $130 for three winters now. sure, i'd love a pair of Wolvhammers or Wolfgars for the real cold days, but they haven't fit in the budget just yet.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby slukomski » January 18th, 2019, 5:54 pm

I love my Shimano MW 81 shoes. Feel like my summer shoes, but warm and water resistant. Chemical toe warmers when it’s REALLY cold (sub 20) and I can ride for hours with warm feet.


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Re: Winter footwear

Postby DynoDon » January 18th, 2019, 6:31 pm

I don't use clips in the winter, they clog up too much,,, I like flats, with 5/10 high tops, one pair of Red Wing Shoes minero wool socks, thats for the trail, for the gravel bike I still use clips, but 5/10 shoes with minero wool socks, just one pair, I have never had cold feet in any weather.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby c0nsumer » January 18th, 2019, 6:36 pm

DynoDon wrote:I don't use clips in the winter, they clog up too much,,, I like flats, with 5/10 high tops, one pair of Red Wing Shoes minero wool socks, thats for the trail, for the gravel bike I still use clips, but 5/10 shoes with minero wool socks, just one pair, I have never had cold feet in any weather.


I switched to Eggbeaters from SPDs because I found SPDs would pack full of ice pretty awfully. Eggbeaters, though... Just rake your foot across the pedal and both it and the cleat clear. Waaaaay better for winter use.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby bbender785 » January 20th, 2019, 3:12 pm

i keep my SPD pedals and cleats sprayed with silicone spray and have no issues with clogging.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby jhmotard » January 22nd, 2019, 12:42 pm

Due to the failure rate of the egg-beater pedal, I wouldn't want to be stranded in the cold after snapping the axle at the threads...:haha: Give me an SPD any day, I don't mind smacking the sole against the pedal a couple times before securing the cleat.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby c0nsumer » January 22nd, 2019, 1:09 pm

jhmotard wrote:I don't mind smacking the sole against the pedal a couple times before securing the cleat.


This doesn't unclog the failure mode I experienced.

My experience is that the body of the pedal itself would pack with slush, freeze, and become a block of ice. I had to dig it out with a key while breathing on it to thaw it.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby jhmotard » January 22nd, 2019, 2:01 pm

Someone I know had the same experience, but claimed it was due to buying the lowest level Shimano SPD pedals. Idk, my XT trail pedals were just fine.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby c0nsumer » January 22nd, 2019, 3:10 pm

To be fair, this was well before the days of groomed trails or even many people having fat bikes. So there was a LOT more walking in snow.
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Re: Winter footwear

Postby bbender785 » February 5th, 2019, 9:43 am

as i mentioned above i highly recommend you guys try spraying your cleats and pedals with silicone spray.. it really helps. i also spray some on a rag and wipe down my fatbike wheels, it helps with snow buildup as well (and makes them look great). just avoid overspray near your brakes.


bbender785 wrote:..sure, i'd love a pair of Wolvhammers or Wolfgars for the real cold days, but they haven't fit in the budget just yet.


for the record, since this post i scored some Wolvhammers on REI at over 50% off... these things are next-level. polar vortex what?
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