Should I get Winter Cylcing Shoes or just use winter boots?
So I've been doing some research on these forums and elsewhere, and it seems a lot of people use regular winter boots when riding in the winter. I want to get out and ride this winter on my cyclcross bike on the road only, no trails. I was thinking of getting the lake winter cycling shoes, but should I just put platforms on my bike and ride with regular winter boots?
Kashmir Answer Winter Shoes
Tried this year for the first time was an unknown shoe to me.....the Kashmir Answer. I was very pleased. Used in ice bike riding, ice/snow covered trails and 323 miles this winter in East Central Iowa, these shoes were comfortable down to temps of -5F and up to temps in the low 60's this Spring. For low temps, one layer of wool and another layer of over sock were used. Additionally, chemical generators were used occasionally just to test the principal. In temps of 10 to 20 the generators were not used and the two layers of socks were sufficient. Anything above 30 only require one layer. Specifically, the shoe is constructed from very durable materials and has multiple layers within the shoe for cold protection. The velcro buckle system has been sufficiently stout to handle multiple usages and multiple soakings in ice, snow and mud. The clip on system that I supplied worked without flaw this winter on the shoe. The feature which impressed me the most was the thickly padded ankle pad, integral to the shoe. I now know why its there. There were two or three spills taken this year and it is viewed that this feature saved my ankles the pain of injury. Yes the shoe is approximately $119 but for me, it was worth the money spent for the support and utility that this shoe provided me this last 6 months. They will go on the shelf till next winter.
Cedar Rapids, IA.