Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    My Bikes
    2007 Jamis aurora
    Posts
    78
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    super insulated bicycling shoes? Insulated bike shorts?

    Hey there - I currently use Shimano SH-M122B shoes with my bicycle. These were a little hot during the summer, but mostly great. Now that it's starting to get colder and colder, however, they're proving to just not offer enough insulation. Today it was just a hint above freezing, and I wore my thickest wool socks along with long johns, and still by the end of my 10 mile commute my feet were nearly numb.

    Is there anything better out there?

    On a related note - any recommendations for winter bicycling bib shorts? All of mine are more for the summer so I've been layering up which works pretty well.

  2. #2
    . bbattle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Rocket City, No'ala
    My Bikes
    2014 Trek Domane 5.2, 1985 Pinarello Trevisio, 1991 Colnago Master, '06 Bianchi San Jose, 1987 Moulton Fuso, 1990 Gardin Shred, '82 John Howard(Dave Tesch)
    Posts
    12,056
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Check performancebike.com for booties that fit over your shoes. I start in the fall wearing shoe covers then go the zip up booties when it gets really cold. Wool socks work well, too.

    Wrapping your feet in Saran wrap then putting on socks will keep the feet very warm. Also very sweaty.

  3. #3
    Mad bike riding scientist cyccommute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
    Posts
    15,971
    Mentioned
    24 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by uoficowboy View Post
    Hey there - I currently use Shimano SH-M122B shoes with my bicycle. These were a little hot during the summer, but mostly great. Now that it's starting to get colder and colder, however, they're proving to just not offer enough insulation. Today it was just a hint above freezing, and I wore my thickest wool socks along with long johns, and still by the end of my 10 mile commute my feet were nearly numb.

    Is there anything better out there?
    There are several ways to go. Winter shoes are probably fine but if you have a lot of temperature variation over the day, they can end up being too hot on the way home. I feel a better way to go is neoprene booties. Get another pair of shoes for winter in a larger size then summer shoes since you want room for extra socks. Find something with a flatter tread than your current Shimano shoes because trying to get a mountain bike shoe into a bootie is difficult Touring shoes work very well.

    Alternatively, some people swear by Shimano sandals. Use a wind/waterproof external sock and layer as many socks as you like under it. Remove layers as necessary.

    Quote Originally Posted by uoficowboy View Post
    On a related note - any recommendations for winter bicycling bib shorts? All of mine are more for the summer so I've been layering up which works pretty well.
    Try Pearl Izumi Slice Thermafleece bib tights with regular shorts underneath (fewer straps). I wear mine down to well below freezing. PI Amfibs are very nice for below freezing but don't use them if you expect the temp to go above 40F...way too hot!
    Stuart Black
    Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
    Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
    Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
    Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
    An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

  4. #4
    tsl
    tsl is offline
    Plays in traffic tsl's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    My Bikes
    1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
    Posts
    6,571
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Lake, Sidi and Northwave all make winter cycling shoes. There's a fourth one too, but I can't remember the name. I own the Lakes. Toasty to about 15°F with one pair of ordinary Sam's Club white socks, down to lower than 5°F with two pair.

    I second the recommendation of bib tights over regular shorts. I have two pair. I have a pair of Sugoi Windblock bib tights which are good to just below freezing, and a pair of Endura Thermolite Windtex bib tights which are too warm above freezing. In both cases, they run a bit small. I usually wear a medium and had to go with the large.
    My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
    The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin


    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    My Bikes
    2007 Jamis aurora
    Posts
    78
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So why a bib over normal bicycling shorts? Is that just because many don't have a chamois?

    Surely some do though? It seems so redundant to have two pairs of bicycling bottoms...

  6. #6
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    39,865
    Mentioned
    42 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by uoficowboy View Post
    So why a bib over normal bicycling shorts? Is that just because many don't have a chamois?

    Surely some do though? It seems so redundant to have two pairs of bicycling bottoms...
    Keeping warm is all about layers.

    And here's how to keep your feet warm:

    http://www.machka.net/whatworks/coldfeet.htm


    BTW - we do have a winter forum for questions like these:
    http://www.bikeforums.net/winter-cycling/

  7. #7
    You need a new bike supcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    5,434
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Booties are nice. Chemical toe warmers between the booties and the tops of the shoes are really nice.

  8. #8
    triathlete? roadie? MTB? caelric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Bellevue, NE
    My Bikes
    Cannondale Slice One tri bike, Cannondale F300 Hardtail MTB, Bianchi Giro roadie
    Posts
    384
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fitter at LBS told me this trick (which I haven't tried, but he swears by) for cold feet. Put your socks on, and then put a plastic sandwich bag over your socks. not the kind with a ziplock, just a regular plastic sandwich bag, and then put your shoes on. Says it will keep your feet warm in almost anything.

  9. #9
    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
    My Bikes
    Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
    Posts
    19,915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by caelric View Post
    Fitter at LBS told me this trick (which I haven't tried, but he swears by) for cold feet. Put your socks on, and then put a plastic sandwich bag over your socks. not the kind with a ziplock, just a regular plastic sandwich bag, and then put your shoes on. Says it will keep your feet warm in almost anything.
    Used this for years but that was mainly to keep the feet dry. Wet feet get cold very quickly. Then I went to Seal Skinz waterproof socks and they work. But this autumn- I bought a pair of neoprene overshoes. By far the best method of keeping the feet warm.

    On the shorts- I got a pair of KNickers years ago. These were made of warmer material and are long shorts that cover the knees. I will be wearing these on any rides that start at below 40Deg F from now on. But if it is going to be frosty or wet and cold- I wear a pair of cycling tights over the top.

    In general the body is not a problem due to enough layers- but the hands and feet are where I can get a problem. They have to be kept warm.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

  10. #10
    Senior Member BengeBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Seattle, Washington, USA
    My Bikes
    2014 Pivot Mach 5.7 MTB, 2009 Chris Boedeker custom, 1988 Tommasini Prestige, 2007 Bill Davidson custom; 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper
    Posts
    6,935
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Another brand of winter cycling shoes is Specialized - BG Defroster Mountain Bike boots. Warm and waterproof, too hot over 45 degrees or so.

    If you are in the cold and wet a lot they are more convenient than booties.

  11. #11
    Mad bike riding scientist cyccommute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
    Posts
    15,971
    Mentioned
    24 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by uoficowboy View Post
    So why a bib over normal bicycling shorts? Is that just because many don't have a chamois?

    Surely some do though? It seems so redundant to have two pairs of bicycling bottoms...
    Tights shouldn't have chamois in them, IMHO. You could ride in tights with chamois but it might get a tad cooler than I like if I had to take them off Like Machka said, it's all about layers. You remove or replace layers as needed. You could also wear bib tights and bib shorts but that's a lot of stuff on the shoulders.
    Stuart Black
    Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
    Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
    Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
    Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
    An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •