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Old 01-30-06, 12:19 PM   #1
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They are like blocks of ice.

At home sometimes my toes are freezing, so you can imagine out cycling they are cold even with my old neoprene overshoes on.

Has anyone tried the Pearl Izumi AmFIB Shoe Cover or Northwave MTB High Overshoe or can suggest a toasty alternative.
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Old 01-30-06, 07:03 PM   #2
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Did you add toe warmers and a sandwich bag over your toes? If you add enough layers you should be OK. It will take some experimenting. You may need to add all this and use two pair of booties. Or more. It depends on how cold you will ride and how long you will be out there.

The Lined Performance Bike booties are nice and warm. I add a lot more when riding all day at 20 degrees.
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Toe warmers AND Am Fibs.
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I had the same problem, I was commuting 25 miles one way, and my tootsies would get colder than well diggers butt. I tried all sorts of combinations, but the thing that really worked for that distance was a pair of Sorrels. Yeah big clunky boots with rubber toes and felt liners. I still found I had to get off and stomp my feet half way, just to get the blood moving. I even put those toe warmers in. I'm trying something different this year, but then I'm not putting in big miles like I was, just a loose pair of running shoes and some Smart wool socks, man i'm toasty, but then winter really hasn't shown up with its 25F below temps.
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Try a pair of good insoles in your shoes, especially if you're riding clipless.

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Sandwich bags make a pretty poor base layer. Unless your goal is to sweat as much as possible.
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Sandwich bags make a pretty poor base layer. Unless your goal is to sweat as much as possible.
I don't mean as a base layer I mean over your socks under your shoes. They cover the front of your feet the back breathes. It works beautiful, it's an old, old, bike trick. I've been doing it successfully for about 30 years. It's done every day by a lot of riders. A plastic bag under the front of your tights can be helpful too.
Just like my winter tights are totally water proof in the front and do not breath, and the back is breathable.
Your toes do sweat a little, but they don't get as cold as without the bag, even after an all day ride in 20F temps. Some sweat, in some situations is not the end of the world as some people think it is, you just need to know how to handle it properly.
Try it, it works great.
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I don't mean as a base layer I mean over your socks under your shoes. They cover the front of your feet the back breathes. It works beautiful, it's an old, old, bike trick. I've been doing it successfully for about 30 years. It's done every day by a lot of riders. A plastic bag under the front of your tights can be helpful too.
Just like my winter tights are totally water proof in the front and do not breath, and the back is breathable.
Your toes do sweat a little, but they don't get as cold as without the bag, even after an all day ride in 20F temps. Some sweat, in some situations is not the end of the world as some people think it is, you just need to know how to handle it properly.
Try it, it works great.
Ok, my misunderstanding. That sounds like it would work a lot better.
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I'm going to try this sandwhich bag idea tomorrow.
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