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    Riding, always Riding fore0121's Avatar
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    Rain Shoe Covers

    Does anyone know if something is available to cover your shoes that is waterproof?

    This year I've decided not to let minor wet days stop me from riding, misting rain or clear morning but wet roads from major downpour (I still won't ride in major downpours, day off on those ones). Last weekend I took the beater bike out in the rain and didn't really mind getting wet. Had a rain jacket. My full piece gloves kept my hands fairly dry. Sunglasses were a bit of a misty mess and rain on my face/eyes was a minor annoyance, but I could cope. The only thing that drove me crazy was that my feet were absolutely soaked. It was the most uncomfortable thing, having my socks soaked to the bone. After about an hour every stroke would ring water out of my socks. I'm also worried because my shoes were so wet they may stretch/wear out faster. It took all night to dry out for the next day.

    Anyone use or recommend a pair of weatherproof lightweight booties? Not winter ones, just for rain. What do you B.C. or Oregon or Washington people do for clothing in the rain? I've read some of your stories about riding in downpours or regular rides in the rain during rainy season.

    Thanks in advance
    f

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    If you want something light to keep with you all the time these are the best. They are very light, squeeze down to a small size, and are very effective. And only about $16 plus shipping. I have two pair. The opening at the top is made for cycling shoes so it may be tight with street shoes. I just cut the rear seam a little to get over street shoes and they work great. Can be used in cold too, they are effective as a wind breaker. They are made of rain jacket material.

    They look funny on your feet !!

    http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...berId=12500226

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    I made my own design with heavey plastic and super sticking velcro and duct tape. I made in such a way that I can get in and out of it by the velcro closure design I concocted. I had it fasten by a shoe string on the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fore0121
    What do you B.C. or Oregon or Washington people do for clothing in the rain? I've read some of your stories about riding in downpours or regular rides in the rain during rainy season.

    Thanks in advance
    f
    You find out quick that it is impossible to stay completely dry in a rain storm. So you go for the next best thing. You get completely wet, but wear cloths to stay warm.

    So a good rain jacket and some tights, and some light weight booties for me. The booties don't keep my feet completely dry, but prevent too much water from getting in and waterlogging my socks. A long sleave jersey and an undershirt for insulation work well for under the rain jacket. I also wear full finger gloves in cold weather to keep my fingers from freezing on my brake levers. I tried some waterproof gloves, but those just got waterlogged with sweat, so I switched to something a lot lighter which keeps my fingers covered, but not insulated and that worked a lot better.

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    I have Burley rain booties. They work pretty well. They don't have cutouts on the bottom for cleats though so you'll have to make your own. Here's a picture .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff
    You find out quick that it is impossible to stay completely dry in a rain storm. So you go for the next best thing. You get completely wet, but wear cloths to stay warm.

    BR
    I did find that out, and I don't mind being a bit wet. It was really the waterlogged socks that killed me, it was really uncomfortable and took my focus away from the end of the ride.

    Thanks for the advice.
    f

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    i ride with a pair of neoprene booties with cut-outs on the sole for my cleats...they are lined with fleece and keep your feet VERY dry. i would suggest neoprene over a fabric booty because the neoprene is form fitting and won't get caught or snagged in the drivetrain. i got them at the local Performance Bike shop for 20 bucks US.

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    Hey This is Fred,
    We invenetd newest rain spats with own patent. 100% open sole and bottomless.
    It's compact and easy for taking off, pls see more information through webiste
    www.foldingl.com.tw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ_7CBgiHAA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhRei0B2jDM

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    If you don't mind the shoes getting dirty, try goretex socks like sealskinz or from gore themselves

    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/go...-gore-tex-sock

    or for shoe protection as well

    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/pe...b3ZlcnM6MToyOA

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    yeah, 100% soaked feet is probably the worst part about riding in the rain. No matter what you wear on your feet, water will usually find it's so way down your leg and into the shoes, especially if the road spray is heavy and you're riding fast enough.

    Some guys wrap sports tape around the top of their booties. I tried it once, but it didn't end up wet enough for a proper test.

    Also, to keep the rain off your glasses, try wearing a peaked cap under your helmet, or get a helmet with an attachable peak

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