Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: southern NH
Bikes: Salsa Vaya in bright orange
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Thanks everyone for your exceedingly helpful feedback!
I drove up to Peter White Cycles this afternoon, just an hour north of hear in sunny... I mean cloudy and cold... New Hampshire. Peter graciously took back my wide 45 Hakkes and swapped then for a set of 35 wide ones. You should check out his website peterwhitecycles.com, as he has interesting treatises on things like studded snow tires, dynamo lights, wheels and almost anything to do with touring.
With the skinnier and smaller replacements I easily mounted my SKS fenders. As soon as I can find some winter boots that fit me, I'll get my beast out on the road. I'm glad I have real fenders on my bike!
One thing worth mentioning: Lake MXZ 302 winter boots run very small. I usually wear a size 47, but the normal-width Lakes in 48 were too tight, especially in width... and I have a narrow foot. I ordered up a pair of 48 Wides, so I'll see how those do... I've never worn a wide shoe before, but the Lake's foot last must have been based on a ballerina's foot or something similar! For some reason lake doesn't make a size 49... and the jump to a 50 would have to be absurd for me.
Also, ordered some Shimano SH- MW81 boots in case the Lakes don't work out. No shop around here stocks anything larger than a 46 in a winter boot, so I have to resort to mail order. All the great prices I found will be wiped out by return shipping fees.. oh well!
By the way, I'm ordering from bikeman.com and brandscycle.com-- they have excellent prices and free shipping for us east coast cyclists.