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Old 01-18-14, 12:22 PM   #1
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40 degree weather and no shoe covers or booties

I rode yesterday and my feet were uncomfortably cold. I tried wearing a pair of bike socks and a pair of cotton ones on top. Would a pair of ski socks work better? Maybe bike socks and then ski socks as a second layer?
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Get some thick wool socks and you won't need booties or covers or anything else at 40 degrees.
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I rode yesterday at about 36 f , one wool pair of socks and one acrylic, feet were more than toasty.
Wool is the trick. Wool is the only fabric that keeps you warm even when wet.
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Uniqlo has some nice, heattech socks that keep your feet super warm in even colder weather.

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Cotton, though comfortable, is absolutely worthless for warmth and is worse than nothing when wet. Thin acrylic socks under wool socks (preferably merino wool / acrylic or polypropylene blend) will suffice for anything above freezing. Toe covers to keep the wind out of your shoes would help as well. It really doesn't take much to keep your toes comfortable if the weather is above freezing and you are not riding in rain or sleet. Below freezing, neoprene booties work well but are not completely waterproof. There are vinyl bonded over neoprene cycling boots or winter specific cycling shoes but the cost goes up significantly.

In a pinch, or if you don't cycle in cold wet conditions much, you can get a cheap pair of rubber over shoe covers like these at WalMart or other big box store for about $10.


Just use a razor blade or Xacto knife to cut out an area of the sole so that they won't interfere with your cleats. Not fashionable but they will keep the wind and splatter from your front wheel out of your shoes.

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Get some thick wool socks and you won't need booties or covers or anything else at 40 degrees.
Defeet Woolie Boolies will do the trick.
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I rode yesterday and my feet were uncomfortably cold. I tried wearing a pair of bike socks and a pair of cotton ones on top. Would a pair of ski socks work better? Maybe bike socks and then ski socks as a second layer?
I wear a pair of thin polypro socks that go about 1/3 of up my calves + a pair of thick wool socks that go up to my knees. Then, of course, tights over all that.
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put a plastic bag on your socked foot before you stick it in your shoe.
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Bags work but may look a little ghetto to walk in with in a professional setting. I use something like these disposable shoe covers:


cheap, easy to strip off when you walk in, and don't look all that much out of place.

For the shoes, if you're not using clipless. I know I've posted about it before but I really have been pleased and it costs practically nothing. I wore these shoes along with the covers around my socks when the temps dropped to 5-10 (even here), and also several times during rain in the lower 40's and upper 30's. They need cleaning (sorry) but at least that proves I've actually used them:



which are just old running shoes treated with spray rubber coating


The shoes still breath somewhat and resist water, and (when clean) look almost socially acceptable.
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Get some thick wool socks and you won't need booties or covers or anything else at 40 degrees.
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I rode Monday, high 30's, sun, 10-15 mph headwind, for 8.5 miles. My feet were fine. I had one pair of socks on from Cabelas, similar to below. Just a pair of New Balance athletic shoes.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Kodia...h-All+Products
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All due respect, it looks "ghetto" to walk into a professional setting with a Colnago M10 decked out in Assos and Rapha gear.

That said, if the €10.000 look is professionally untoward, than there's no shame in the €0 freebie plastic bag fix, either.
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All due respect, it looks "ghetto" to walk into a professional setting with a Colnago M10 decked out in Assos and Rapha.
Who does that?
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