Fifty Plus (50+) - Dedicated Wet Ride Footwear for Clipless Pedals?
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03-03-08, 07:52 PM
Is it practical to have dedicated wet weather footwear ... for clipless pedals? Does getting clipless shoes (e.g., Sidi MTB shoes) soaked accelerate the aging of footwear?
Examples of wet rides could be during summer showers (the kind that is not white and does not pile up in the driveway) ... or riding on neighborhood streets right after a rainfall.
So if you have a favorite summer or fall style of MTB shoes, do you have one pair for dry rides ... and another pair for wet rides?
And do you have a preferred clipless shoe for Riding in the Rain?
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03-03-08, 08:01 PM
I reserve my older shoes for mud/wet use when possible. In the normal progression of things, new shoes for road/dry MTB, Old shoes for Dry MTB/wet road and retired shoes kept around for serious mud bashing.
03-03-08, 08:06 PM
One of the best purchases I've made in the past year is a pair of dedicated cold-weather/wet-weather boots -- Specialized Defrosters.
I was looking at Sidi boots but they were about $300; the Specialized shoes were $160.
- waterproof (I've ridden them in solid rain, one hour +, 37 degrees)
I also have a pair of booties to wear over my summer shoes but I find these much more convenient and well worth the cost.
The only downside is that they are too warm over 45 degrees or so (at least for me)...they start to get very toasty over 50 degrees.
Also, do you have fenders? A good front fender + mudflap (or Race Blades) will solve a lot of the problem in the summer.
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