Good afternoon from chilly NY (im 2 hours away from the place getting pummeled with snow) but chilly none the less.
I dont commute much in the winter as there is no regular safe Route, The MUP I use most of the year is snowed/iced in. My only option is a major 4 lane with no shoulder and this time of year even less room because of snow drifts, ice ...
regardless, when I do winter ride (still ride for fun) when I do ride I wear lake sandals and bulk the sock layers up.
this works ok but is time consuming/really bulky with all the layers.
Reading all the Boot/shoe posts I wonder if someone ( im sure Im not the first ) I wonder if anyone has tried to install a cleat on a pair of Light weight Cross country ski boots?? As Winter cycling boots are hundres of dollars this might be a reasonable option.
1) many brands of cross country ski boots are rather inexpensive , sierra trading post has a few pair under $40.00 also low end CC boots can be had many places including some xmarts.
2) there insulated
3) the soles are pretty stiff on many models, so they should work ok in the cycling efficiency dept.
4) many are walkable (have lug soles)
I would think a drill /dremel tool should do the trick. and just remove the tounge if its a traditional binding type of CC boot.
What-cha all think?