Slow Moving Vehicle
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Norwood, MA
Bikes: Felt F-70, Terry Madeleine, Novara Safari fully customized by me
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Down to 40F/4C I wear my usual MTB shoes. Since they are low end, they are not highly breathable and 2 thin wool socks are fine. Someplace around 40 in the fall I switch to my winter MTB shoes, an old model of Shimano's that are all leather, no mesh. I removed the insoles & replaced them with copies made from old mousepads as a source of neoprene. These will accomadate a thicker pair of wool sock or SealSkinz. Various combinations of socks make these OK to about 10F/-17C. I use Shimano M324 pedals so that below that I can switch to insulated boots without changing pedals. I'm currently using Columbia Bugabootoo boots. They are comfort rated to -25F/-32C for walking.
I find that they are warmer but the steel shank does transmitt cold, I can feel where it is through 2 pairs of socks at -3F/-18C, which is my coldest ride so far this year. My ride is about 50 to 70 minutes depending on road conditions. Please note, individual results may differ. My right hand gets cold long before my left, but my feet seem equally hot or cold.