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Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

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Old 11-27-16, 11:28 PM   #1
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Winter tires help to keep upright when riding. However, on occasions in winter I have fallen after parking the bike and walking to the building. On those occasions I pondered about the winter boot situation, particularly progress in tire vs sole technology and the fact that on boot purchase you were left to yourself guessing how a sole might perform in challenging situations and stuck with whatever you bought. I am glad finding out that there is a movement on those fronts:

Slippery boots: Most winter footwear fails test of walking on ice - Technology & Science - CBC News

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Embedding of the grit was used in the Continental Contact Winter I tires.
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Old 12-13-16, 08:06 PM   #2
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Old 12-16-16, 11:26 PM   #3
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I've added wading boot studs to my winter boots before. They work pretty well (I mount mine between the lugs so they don't stick out so much) but I have to remember to be careful where I walk - no hardwood or stone floors for me.
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Just make sure that you have enough sole to prevent them from going into your feet...
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Old 12-17-16, 05:43 AM   #4
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My new boots, the "Timberland Men's Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex Mid Hiking Boot", are rated as "FAIL"! lol
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My new boots, the "Timberland Men's Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex Mid Hiking Boot", are rated as "FAIL"! lol
Those are nice boots! I have and still do own a lot of timberland boots but none of them have ever kept my feet warm during the winter. They're more for spring/fall use and def not for cycling. Cold air will just slice right through them! Look for boots with some type of insulation and material that will block wind.

Btw,these are my all time favorite Tim's...BETTER than sneakers!

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Those are nice boots! I have and still do own a lot of timberland boots but none of them have ever kept my feet warm during the winter. They're more for spring/fall use and def not for cycling. Cold air will just slice right through them! Look for boots with some type of insulation and material that will block wind.

Btw,these are my all time favorite Tim's...BETTER than sneakers!
Thanks for sharing that. The reason I went for a more breathable boot was that I expect I'll be riding in more moderate and even at times relatively warm temps during the rain, but if it is very cold, I have covers that fit over the toes, and I can also put on some warmer socks. I even have a pair of Gore-Tex socks I can add to that mix if needed. Hopefully this will work out well enough in the cold. This is the setup I used in my motorcycle riding days, and it worked out well for me.
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I've added Stabilicers , to my winter gear , they go over the bottom of your shoes.

Lots of retailers offer them .. you take them off when you go inside places ..
https://www.stabilgear.com/
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I love the gritted sole concept - very smart for flat icy walking. After trying various traction aids, I use microspikes for icy hiking conditions, next step up is full crampons

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Rate my treads - 1 snowflake rating was a must for my winter boot purchase this year. I ended up going with these babies.

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My new Carolina 8823's have "slip-resistant" soles, but I think that boot manufacturers, in contrast to bicycle tire manufacturers, go more for longevity (harder compound) than traction.
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