Pants are for suckaz
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Bikes: Hardtail MTB, Fixed gear, and Commuter bike
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Semi-rigid wind/waterproof shoe covers
After i got past my sticker shock for what I felt like were inferior shoe covers at the LBS, i got the idea that I'd just make my own. Originally I planned to sew them but I decided that a semi-rigid plastic-y cover would be easier to get off and on and provide superior wind/water protection.
Mask off a cycling shoe, cover it with a woven material, saturate with polyester resin, cut away excess.
Sounds simple enough.... I stuffed one of my cycling shoes with plastic grocery bags to simulate a foot being present and shoved it into a plastic baggie similar to the "produce" bags you get at the grocery store. I put the bagged shoe in a pantyhoe (what is the singular of pantyhoes?) and brushed on some polyester fiberglass resin. Once the resin dried, I bagged the whole thing into a second pantyhoe and added another coat of resin. After it dried I cut the hardened cover away from the heel area of the shoe and popped my shoe out. Unfortunatly, as I was trimming the cover to accomidate the SPD cleat I ripped it and it had to be thrown away. The concept is workable though. I plan to find a more suitable reinforcement than pantyhoe material and try again. If i had access to vaccum bagging equiptment I could use kevlar, carbon fiber, or other 'exotic' materials but because this is being done in my garage I need a "sleeve" of compressive material to make it work.
My next attempt could go 2 ways:
#1) after the first pantyhoe layer, add pieces of shredded glass before adding a second pantyhoe layer to compress the fibers and get them to 'lay down'.
#2) Find a different, thicker/stronger reinforcement such as dress socks to be impregnated with the poly resin.
Has anyone else ever tried to make molded shoe covers? Any feedback on what I've tried so far or the direction I'm heading is welcome.