Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-17-05, 10:00 AM   #1
fore0121
Riding, always Riding
Thread Starter
 
fore0121's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Bikes: Cervelo r3
Posts: 802
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
fore0121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-05, 12:03 PM   #2
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Bikes: 2 many
Posts: 15,759
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 126 Post(s)
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
2manybikes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-05, 12:53 PM   #3
rmwun54
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 898
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
rmwun54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-05, 02:04 PM   #4
Brian Ratliff
Senior Member
 
Brian Ratliff's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Near Portland, OR
Bikes: Three road bikes. Two track bikes.
Posts: 10,065
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
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.

BR
__________________
Cat 2 Track, Cat 3 Road.
"If you’re new enough [to racing] that you would ask such question, then i would hazard a guess that if you just made up a workout that sounded hard to do, and did it, you’d probably get faster." --the tiniest sprinter
Brian Ratliff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-05, 02:51 PM   #5
Hanzo
Softcore Cyclist
 
Hanzo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 474
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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 .
Hanzo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-05, 02:53 PM   #6
fore0121
Riding, always Riding
Thread Starter
 
fore0121's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Bikes: Cervelo r3
Posts: 802
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
fore0121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-05, 06:29 PM   #7
pdxtex
Portland, OR, USA
 
pdxtex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: portland
Bikes: kona paddywagon, trek 2.1, lemond nevada city, gt zrx
Posts: 1,626
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
pdxtex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-13, 08:32 PM   #8
Folding L
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 0
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
Folding L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-13, 11:08 PM   #9
kleng
Senior Member
 
kleng's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Perth, Australia and sometimes Penang Malaysia
Bikes: Litespeed L1r, Litespeed Ghisallo 07, TCR Advanced Team SL 0 ISP, Giant TCR Advanced SL, Giant TCR Advanced Team - T-Mobile, Giant Propel Advanced SL
Posts: 1,916
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
kleng is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-13, 11:17 PM   #10
531Aussie
Aluminium Crusader :-)
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bikes:
Posts: 9,991
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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
531Aussie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:50 AM.