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    Keeping your feet warm

    whats the secrete to keeping your feet warm in temps below freezing?
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    Wool socks and shoes that have plenty of room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Wool socks and shoes that have plenty of room.
    +1, I like the soft Merino wool socks. I've tried toe covers but they're too tight. Never tried booties, but people with smaller feet swear by them. I have used Gore-tex socks in the snow, they keep your feet dry and are wind proof.
    If you have the money, you could get some winter cycling boots. Ask tsl about these.

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    Wool socks
    Booties - I use Sugoi - They are small medium large and Xlarge - http://www.rei.com/product/725342
    Chemical heat - toe warmers - These are the same as used by skiers.

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    +3 on the wool socks. Go to a ski shop and get wool ski socks, gey some that come up higher on the calf. They may seem thin, but they are warm.
    Avoid putting too much sock in your shoe. If your shoes are tight with one pair of socks, they will be tighter with two. You circulation will be cut off, and you'll have cold feet.
    Shoe or toe covers also help cover the vents and keep the warm air in.

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    Specialized DG Defroster Mountain Bike Boots.

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    Since your summer cycling shoes probably do not have room for thick wool socks you should consider swapping your pedals out for platform or touring pedals and then wear the warmest shoe/sock combination you own.

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    Have found that if you can keep the feet dry- then they stay warm. Last winter I invested in Seal Skinz socks and they are good. Next problem is wind taking heat away so Shoe Covers will help if the Shoes have plenty of Ventilation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Wool socks and shoes that have plenty of room.
    Try two pairs of wools socks (SmartWool is awesome) and shoes with very little mesh or ventilation.
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    Beings wool socks are good

    HI,
    When I was sailing small sailboats, they used to tell us to wear wool sweaters in the winter if we were wet they would shead moisture very well prevent hypotherma and with layers maybe keep you warm enough,
    I was thinking under a light jacket gortex. with a gortex pullover next to the skin.
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    my brother inlaw says when he hunted in Alaska they made him get wool underclothes for his horse back hunt, no option must be wool.

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    I find that smartwool socks (one pair) and cycling boots work.
    you must have room to wiggle your toes to keep the blood moving.
    In the winter its very important to stay dry. and keep the blood moving. wiggle your toes and fingers a lot

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    Light wind-resistant shoe covers. I've ridden down to mid-teens with light covers, and in 20's with toe covers. Normal cycling weight wool socks.

    May be cold at first, but if you work hard enough, they get nice and warm.
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    I found that by moving to a climate where my feet cannot get cold has successfully eliminated the problem. A bit extreme I will grant you, but effective...

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    Even though it will be F*** in a couple of days, I refuse to concede that W***** is heading this way anytime in the foreseeable future.
    Sure was beautiful today!

    (Thin Polypro or thermax liners under appropriate non-cotton cycling socks help when it is cold.)

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    Going back to basics--Two pairs of socks with a plastic bag layered between the pair.
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    Thick and thin wool socks and Neoprene bike shoe covers work for at least an hour or more at less than 20 degrees F for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MKahrl View Post
    Since your summer cycling shoes probably do not have room for thick wool socks you should consider swapping your pedals out for platform or touring pedals and then wear the warmest shoe/sock combination you own.
    I had the same problem with my summer cycling shoes and bought a pair for winter that are one size too large to accommodate the extra pair of socks. I wear these until the temps fall below 25F.

    For longer rides in the cold weather I have a pair of Lake winter cycling boots. Add a pair of wool socks and chemical toe warmers and I can ride for hours with warm feet
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    Performance bike has neoprene booties that are on sale at various times of the ear, and can be picked up for around $20... They have one disadvantage--I seem to sweat more in them, and if I stop, my feet get cold, but I wear them for my commute in the winter and for rides longer than 1n hour or so when the temperature dips below around freezing. Otherwise I use toe covers (also available at Performance--for a little less than the booties)

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    My feet get cold real easy so I wear wool socks, chemical toe warmers (insoles modified to fit) and neoprene shoe covers. The warmers can last for three rides or so if I put them in a ziplock bag as soon as I get home.

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