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Old 11-22-07, 04:34 PM   #1
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Wanted:Tips for keeping toes warm.

I've tried wool socks, neoprene socks, "hightech" socks to no avail. My toes just get too cold during a cross race or training in temps below 40 degrees. Anybody out there with some tips to keep the tooties warm? THANKS
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Old 11-22-07, 04:48 PM   #2
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baggies over the toes, toe covers, shoe covers, chemical warmers, roomy shoes for multiple socks

You can't compress your toes so shoes that aren't too small are important.

Oh, and the winter forum is loaded with good info on this.
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Old 11-22-07, 06:38 PM   #3
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just chop em off...
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Old 11-22-07, 10:23 PM   #4
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just chop em off...
Or switch out your allen-key fasteners for a couple of quick releases. I have them on mine. Works great.
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Old 12-05-07, 06:12 PM   #5
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Here is the trick

for shorter forays or for races where you don't want the bulk, Where Fleece Sock REI has them, or a wool Sock then use some Neopreene Toosties from performance. Now shove a chemical warmer between the top of your shoe and the Toe cover. The vents that give your shoes air in the summer now let heat in from the chemical warmer, also help you not to get burned by them(I have gotten burn blisters twice from warmers) Should do the trick. I use these, for cooler rides then when it gets really cold I have lake boots that I wear a fleece sock with the warmer inside taped to the top my toeson top of the sock, but have to be carefull that it doesn't get too hot outside cause if it does I will burn my toes. hope that helps
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I've tried wool socks, neoprene socks, "hightech" socks to no avail. My toes just get too cold during a cross race or training in temps below 40 degrees. Anybody out there with some tips to keep the tooties warm? THANKS
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Old 12-05-07, 06:28 PM   #6
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A thin sandwich bag over the toes is one of the best options, if not the best. Add it to what ever else you do. The front of the foot is where the wind chill is. That's why my winter tights have a wind proof front and a breathable back. It works.
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also make sure there's a good seal where your cleats attach. that place hemorrhages heat and also lets in water, which is often the source of numbness for me.

some shoes have a sticky pad to put over it, some have nothing. i like moleskin because it's waterproof and insulating, i just cut a big patch and stick it in the shoe under the insole.

that plus a good polypro sock under a thick wool sock. still, in the real frigid temps numbness is pretty much unavoidable.

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You can use those instant heat packs though it will cost a lot in the long run.

Also try experimenting with thick and thin socks. I found that packing in a thick sock doesnt work as well for me than a regular cycling sock and a neoprene bootie
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On really cold days, 30 degrees or so, I use woolie boolie socks and pearl amfib shoe covers with chemical toe warmers inside my shoes. Feet and toes are fine. If none of these things work it might be a circulation issue? Check with your doctor.
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someone at a race today told me of the existence of neoprene socks. I'ma haveta look for some.
dog poop bags from the race venue waste stations served pretty well though, to be fair.
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Old 12-10-07, 04:06 PM   #11
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Chemical warmers are no that $$ you can usually get them 40 pairs for 30$ I only use warmers if I am riding more then a hour in the winter, so that means only on the weekends or long riders before work. This works out to about two years worth of rides for me I live in Wash. DC area.
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I'll go with pantyhose under socks. You've got to be very secure with your manhood though.
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