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Old 07-28-17, 10:54 PM   #26
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Sorry sir

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If your concerns are only about the normal maintenance needed by an average adult, then you should do what a normal adult does, which is to deal with an average situation without resorting to the group think an internet forum provides. In other words, just wash your shoes however and move on. If you truly want input on what is for you a normal and mundane subject then please, have your song back with my complements.
not pointed at you, just what was on the tube.
Perhaps I thought it fit as I typed about cycling to see the total eclipse of the sun.
I quoted your answer as i thought it was the best answer, nothing else

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Old 07-28-17, 11:12 PM   #27
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I am thinking of wearing some Salomon water shoes for my summer tour.
https://www.rei.com/product/828718/s...ter-shoes-mens
I have some keen sandals. I have several times cut my heals because they are open in the back. The Salamons have a little protection for the heal. I find the Salomons more comfortable on the bike. I like the keens for walking around warm rainy cities.

As the person who is best at sticking my foot in my mouth, this is the thread I should start,no_?

Is this song good enough

As I type this, a mosquito or a no see um or something bites my ankel. Do sandles have a down side? last month, I hiked the wilderness coast in Olympic National Park. My boots did not smell so good after a week. I washed my socks in a waterfall, I dried my boots in the sun, after a wave got me. I try to do some of my touring in more isolated areas. Places without laundry mats. Perhaps for the best. As I make people upset just by listening to the wrong music, (sorry).

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Old 07-28-17, 11:14 PM   #28
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I try not to tour in the rain. Although, I've had plenty of wet days for commuting. Either get wet in the winter around here, or don't ride.

For summer riding, I just have some Tennis Shoe style SPD shoes. My Specialized shoes are heavy, hot, and flexy, so no tours. My Lake shoes are light, and I think even have bottom ventilation. I've had them for a few century rides, but not overnight yet. The Shimano casual SPD shoes are pretty good, and comfy.

For the winter, I have some neoprene Shimano MW-02 (precursor to MW-81) shoes. They're about worn out, so I'll probably be going to the replacements soon. But, they are Comfy, and can get pretty drenched, and still feel comfy. they do take a bit to completely dry though. I rarely put them back on wet though.

My longest recent tour was 4 days (I had planned for 3, but didn't quite make it). I think I probably brought a couple of extra pairs of socks. They're light and easy to pack. I had a washcloth that I just hung on the outside of my bag. Anyway, thinking about longer trips, and will probably have a pot dedicated to washing clothes and socks. Then just hang them to the outside of the panniers to dry. Hopefully bone dry before needing them again.

I haven't been using a lot of wool. Mainly synthetics which don't hold the moisture as much.
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I haven't been using a lot of wool. Mainly synthetics which don't hold the moisture as much.
Anarchist!!! You're disrupting the "natural" flow of the entire universe. 😁 😉
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not pointed at you, just what was on the tube.
Perhaps I thought it fit as I typed about cycling to see the total eclipse of the sun.
I quoted your answer as i thought it was the best answer, nothing else

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z8nhritrso
OK, apologies for the thin skinned butt hurt. Letting people know, even anonymously, that you have weapons grade foot odor is sort of embarrassing. I was sensitive.
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Old 07-29-17, 11:31 AM   #31
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Anarchist!!! You're disrupting the "natural" flow of the entire universe. 😁 😉
Nylon socks are ok in the summer. I only buy the thicker wool, because the thinner wool socks wear out to fast.

no music today, do not want to get into trouble this early
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Old 07-29-17, 11:33 AM   #32
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OK, apologies for the thin skinned butt hurt. Letting people know, even anonymously, that you have weapons grade foot odor is sort of embarrassing. I was sensitive.
I am not embarrassed about trying to smell better. It is only embarrassing if you do not try to learn something.
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I am not embarrassed about trying to smell better. It is only embarrassing if you do not try to learn something.
I use aerosol Lysol at home in my bike shoes and walking shoes after each use.

Lysol makes a liquid disinfectant, more for household cleaning, but supposedly stops odors.

Common bleach (sodium hypochlorite) can be used in dilute form to disinfect apparel and drinking water (2 drops per quart plus 30" stand time). Drying apparel/shoes after washing is another problem.

Shimano makes some clipless (2 bolt) compatible cycling sandals, very comfortable to many. These couldn't stink much and they would dry quickly.
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What do you do on tour?
I wear sandals or boots or running shoes, as I see appropriate. I use flat pedals. I wont be carrying a spray can or a bottle of bleach on my tour.

So far we have;
Clean dry socks.
breathable shoes, sandals.
Some people have mentioned foot powder or deodorant.


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I use aerosol Lysol at home in my bike shoes and walking shoes after each use.

Lysol makes a liquid disinfectant, more for household cleaning, but supposedly stops odors.

Common bleach (sodium hypochlorite) can be used in dilute form to disinfect apparel and drinking water (2 drops per quart plus 30" stand time). Drying apparel/shoes after washing is another problem.

Shimano makes some clipless (2 bolt) compatible cycling sandals, very comfortable to many. These couldn't stink much and they would dry quickly.
not related to the post
just like the song
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Old 07-30-17, 08:28 AM   #35
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As a podiatrist - I bring potassium permanganate crystals - use in a foot bath one a week - it shrinks the sweat glands and kills germs. Its very effective and lasts a while and the crystals are no bigger than a large grain of sea salt.
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Old 07-30-17, 08:55 AM   #36
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Clean dry socks. breathable shoes, sandals....not related to the post
Cycling sandals and effective disinfecting/cleaning are indeed pertinent to your OP. You state as much immediately before you dismiss my post as "not related". What an obtuse response! It is a simple matter to carry 20-30ml of bleach on tour, then use it to clean your stinking feet/socks/shoes. Please work on your reading comprehension and manners. If you don't like free advice, then don't ask for it. Now I know why you were on my ignore list.
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Old 07-30-17, 06:02 PM   #37
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I am a nubee to bike touring but am a long distance backpacker so I know skunk feet, blister foot, wet feet day in and out for near a week at a time, cracked and bleeding feet too all while hiking 20 mile days with a 20+ pound pack. I have learned that I NEVER want to wear gortex lined footwear, takes forever to dry out be it from rain or sweaty feet. Ventilated shoes mean less sweat and liner socks will save you pain, (Wright Socks have a built in liner and a no blister guarantee), multiple pairs of socks 1 on you 1 drying 1 in reserve and I like 1 super comfortable pair for sleeping in. A little moleskin should be in every kit and a little duct-tape stored wrapped on the frame will fix a lot of issues also. Get shoes off as soon as you can and take them apart and set them up to dry out anyway you can (not over a fire, things melt and some glue goes up like the 4th of July) Sometimes being out a week or so without showers and a resupply your BO (hiker stink) will more then cover up stinky feet I'll save that for a different post.
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Old 07-30-17, 06:38 PM   #38
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So far we have;
Clean dry socks.
breathable shoes, sandals.
WOOL!!! Dang, I thought you were enlightened.
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Old 07-31-17, 11:43 PM   #39
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Only time I got stinky foot was touring with synthetic shoes & no socks. I assumed that synthetic shoes wouldn't harbor stink bacteria but was completely wrong. After 1-2 days in hot conditions feet stank so bad it was embarrassing to approach motel desk. Never had stink foot while using socks even with wide variety of shoe & sock materials. I bought Febreze Sport spray which seemed to help fight shoe stink residue but I couldn't tell for sure since I went back to socks anyway.
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Old 08-01-17, 12:19 AM   #40
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WOOL!!! Dang, I thought you were enlightened.
I have 2 pairs of smart wool and 4 nylon pairs packed and ready.
Since it is a summer tour, I am going with Salomom water shoes.
I do not like the sandals without heel protection.
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How could you skip it ?
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Old 08-02-17, 12:09 AM   #42
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Heh, good tune. IMO it's a scientific mystery why wearing socks seems to help prevent stink foot. In hot weather one would think socks would only be an additional bug-breeding ground & stink worse.

BTW all the road pros wear socks even though they can afford the best (even custom) shoes that would seem to be comfortable w/o socks.
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Heh, good tune. IMO it's a scientific mystery why wearing socks seems to help prevent stink foot. In hot weather one would think socks would only be an additional bug-breeding ground & stink worse.

BTW all the road pros wear socks even though they can afford the best (even custom) shoes that would seem to be comfortable w/o socks.
Socks are mandated by the UCI for pro cycling. I'm sure that there are some that would prefer not to wear them, but they're rules for wearing socks get down to it. They even regulate the height of the sock.
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Socks are mandated by the UCI for pro cycling. I'm sure that there are some that would prefer not to wear them, but they're rules for wearing socks get down to it. They even regulate the height of the sock.
Heh, UCI has a rule for everything it seems. We wouldn't want spectators being grossed-out by a 100+ rider peleton of no-sock stink-foot riders.

OTOH they don't allow compression socks, maybe riders would overdo it & get gangrene or something (!?).
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Because of serious foot problems (nerve damage in my feet from a 12 foot ladder slide out accident) I have not been able to wear socks for the past ten years. I have had stinky feet, especially in the summer. I looked it up and it was suggested that I tried vinegar. It works really well. Previously, I was using rubbing alcohol which was really not working.
That's the ticket. It kills off the organisms that cause the odor, smells like salad and is cheap and easily available on tour. What's not to like?
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Because of serious foot problems (nerve damage in my feet from a 12 foot ladder slide out accident) I have not been able to wear socks for the past ten years. I have had stinky feet, especially in the summer. I looked it up and it was suggested that I tried vinegar. It works really well. Previously, I was using rubbing alcohol which was really not working.
Vinegar wash just on feet or also on shoes? I'd guess most shoes could tolerate vinegar w/o damage.
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Vinegar wash just on feet or also on shoes? I'd guess most shoes could tolerate vinegar w/o damage.
Yea, you should focus on the bottom of the inside of the shoes. I also forgot to point out that vinegar stops the itch from mosquitoes.
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I decided to get a bottle of rubbing alcohol, Isopropyl. I also got a bag of unscented baby wipes. I poured the alcohol into the wipes and started to wash my feet with them. Not just my feet, the rest of me too. I have been stealth camping in the national forests along the Washington coast, and headed for Oregon. If odor starts as bacteria, and medical alcohol kills bacteria, I am doing something correct. Saddle sores are best stopped with a preemptive strike of soap and water, medical alcohol, cleanliness. Seems to help.




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