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Old 01-01-07, 08:00 AM   #1
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Sidi Toasters

I have these on order:

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=255097

They should come into my LBS this week. They're charging me $250.

Sidi Toasters: $250

Warm toes on daily winter rides: Priceless

The anticipation is killing me. I feel like Donny Rumsfeld waiting for that first Star Wars Missle Defense Satellite to come online. I'll post my findings here.

And yes, I realize that I need to get a life.
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They look awesome. I'd like to hear how they work below freezing. Big $$$, if I bought them they'd have to warm up more than my feet.
BTW - it's hard to concentrate on life when your toes are cold
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They look awesome. I'd like to hear how they work below freezing. Big $$$, if I bought them they'd have to warm up more than my feet.
BTW - it's hard to concentrate on life when your toes are cold
Sub-freezing is when I really need them. Big $? In once sense, yes. On the other hand if you do a ton of cold weather riding (I do) and your toes are often the only part of you that stays cold (usually the case) they will be well worth it - if they work.

Chilly toes are bad news.
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I've had the Toasters for a week or so...

...and have said that they do the job just fine. I would say that when I've had them in w/ cotton socks and no booties, the effect was on par with riding with wool socks and full booties. So if NY ever sees some cold temps, I expect my feet to be fine with the Toasters, woolies and booties down to ~10* or so. But then other body parts will suffer.

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MINUS TEN DEGREES? You're tougher than me. My absolute limit is 15, and generally I won't go if it's below 20 - occasionally we'll roll out in the high teens if it's warming up (early AM ride for example). But my feet can get cold in much warmer temps than that - on a damp day that can happen above 40.
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Not negative, but approx...

Sorry... the " ~ " symbol is typically used for approximate values, not " - " for negative. I'm not crazy!

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If you're riding when it's 10, you're crazy. At 15 my iPod froze : ).
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If you're riding when it's 10, you're crazy. At 15 my iPod froze : ).
Agreed, kinda. But I think it's crazy to ride with music on. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Agreed, kinda. But I think it's crazy to ride with music on. But desperate times call for desperate measures.

Cheers.

I've been hearing about how riding with music is deadly for 17 years now. That's was 100K road bike miles ago. Open ear headphones (like iPod earbuds), moderate volume levels - no problem. I've had conversations with cyclists next to me while the music is playing. Approaching cars, other noises of danger are much louder than that.
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