Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Winter Cycling
Reload this Page >

My cold ride yesterday

Notices
Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

My cold ride yesterday

Old 12-09-14, 05:05 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 2,596

Bikes: 1992 Serotta Colorado II,Co-Motion Speedster, Giant Escape Hybrid, 1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 457 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 112 Times in 85 Posts
My cold ride yesterday

I really would like to refine my gear so I can enjoy riding in cold weather. Yesterday a group of us went out for a 40 mile ride.Temps in the low to mid 30's.I started with my Giro long gloves but soon gave up and switched to my wool liners inside of my Glacier gloves. That seems to work for me.It is my feet that I need to address. Sometimes I wear my cycling shoes wit neoprene booties. Yesterday I wore my Keen cycling sandals with wool socks.Not a good choice!
So what do you all wear?
Tandem Tom is offline  
Old 12-09-14, 08:13 PM
  #2  
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,152

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 141 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3203 Post(s)
Liked 598 Times in 330 Posts
Check out my article about cold feet ... compiled from many years of experience in bitterly cold Canadian winters ...

Cold Feet
Machka is offline  
Old 12-09-14, 08:42 PM
  #3  
just another gosling
 
Carbonfiberboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 19,593

Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004

Mentioned: 115 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3917 Post(s)
Liked 1,969 Times in 1,405 Posts
Yup, sandals not a good choice. I use Lakes winter MTB boots with SPD pedals. Some riders use Northwave. Both are good. Dry is pretty easy. It's cold and raining that's hard.
Carbonfiberboy is offline  
Old 12-10-14, 06:52 AM
  #4  
Señor Member
 
ericy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rehoboth Beach, DE
Posts: 1,523

Bikes: Giant OCR2, Trek DS 8.3

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 416 Post(s)
Liked 48 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by Tandem Tom
So what do you all wear?
I have a pair of hiking shoes that I got from REI - kind of like a beefed up sneaker. I picked them at first because my summer shoes have too much ventilation and I needed something that was sealed up a bit more. These shoes are a bit on the large side for my feet, but that leaves room for 2 pairs of socks, and with temps in the mid 30s my feet aren't cold at all.
ericy is offline  
Old 12-10-14, 07:55 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
jrickards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Sudbury, ON, CA
Posts: 2,647

Bikes: 2012 Kona Sutra, 2002 Look AL 384, 2018 Moose Fat bike

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 133 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by Machka
Check out my article about cold feet ... compiled from many years of experience in bitterly cold Canadian winters ...

Cold Feet
I checked out your article, it's good, I like the idea of keeping the pulse points warm, didn't know that. I'll try that to keep my thumbs warm (in mitts, my fingers stay warm but my thumb gets cold).

Also, I clicked on the photo of your bike at the bottom to see a larger photo of it and I was taken to your photo gallery showing you wearing, no, modelling! your winter clothes. Nice! LOL
jrickards is offline  
Old 12-10-14, 04:55 PM
  #6  
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 52,152

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 141 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3203 Post(s)
Liked 598 Times in 330 Posts
Originally Posted by jrickards
I checked out your article, it's good, I like the idea of keeping the pulse points warm, didn't know that. I'll try that to keep my thumbs warm (in mitts, my fingers stay warm but my thumb gets cold).

Also, I clicked on the photo of your bike at the bottom to see a larger photo of it and I was taken to your photo gallery showing you wearing, no, modelling! your winter clothes. Nice! LOL
I learned the pulse point thing listening to a winter survival show a couple decades ago ... and it works!

I went to work for Canada Post shortly after hearing that, and had to use my fingers to select the stuff I was delivering out of the bag and put it in the mailbox. All very well and good in the spring, summer, and autumn ... not so easy if I had to wear heavy mitts or gloves in the winter. But I found that even on bitterly cold days, if I wore mini gloves (like you can find in just about any Walmart for $1) to provide a thin layer protection over my fingers, and wrist bands (like what tennis players wear) over my wrist pulse point, my hands were fine ... and I had the dexterity to do my job.


I should change the link behind that last photo to this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka...7602332361641/

But as for the modelling ... someone asked me what I wore for winter cycling several years ago, and I figured I'd show them.
Machka is offline  
Old 12-11-14, 01:02 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
digibud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Further North than U
Posts: 2,000

Bikes: Spec Roubaix, three Fisher Montare, two Pugs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Those sandals with thick socks might have been just fine with a windproof layer over all of it. Charlene's link is good. I would caution that neoprene anything will trap sweat/moisture. As long as you continue to keep that area warm it's no problem but if, for instance, you were camping, it might not be a great choice. Nor if you had to stop for an extended period. I prefer synthetic socks to wool and synthetic fiber to wool. It's a preference but in sub zero conditions, wool retains moisture more than synthetic. At 30F you should be able to continue to use clipless pedals. Look for over booties that are heavily insulated or check out the various winter specific boots that are on the market. I use insulated overbooties down to about that temp. When I get down to 20F or so I use Keen boots with Power Straps. They are much lighter than most boots and with chem heat packs I use the same boots to -20F. I used to ride at even colder temps and at that point I'd switch to mukluks.
digibud is offline  
Old 12-11-14, 12:11 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 5,721

Bikes: Kona Dawg, Surly 1x1, Karate Monkey, Rockhopper, Crosscheck , Burley Runabout,

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 854 Post(s)
Liked 111 Times in 66 Posts
I use low insulated winter boots with wool socks. And steel pined flat pedals. Works great.
Leebo is offline  
Old 12-11-14, 12:19 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
tarwheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 8,896

Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 196 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
I ride and bike commute year-round, with the coldest temperatures usually in the mid-teens. My feet are warm enough simply wearing wool socks (Defeet Wooly Boolies) and toe warmers on my shoes (PI Calientoes). It's critical not to wear your shoes too tight in the cold; that will make your feet colder than anything because it restricts blood circulation. I tried full shoe covers (PI Cyclones) and my feet were actually colder because they fit too tightly, even though the supposedly correct size.
tarwheel is offline  
Old 12-11-14, 03:43 PM
  #10  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Anchorage, AK
Posts: 16

Bikes: 9zero7 Whiteout; Stumpjumper Comp 29'er; Electra Delivery

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I wear a pair of standard Merrill stout hiking shoes because they are waterproof. I use pretty light wool socks down to 10 or so. I up to some Columbia hiking boots because they have rubber bottoms and slightly more robust wool socks when it gets much below zero. Commuted 7 miles each way last winter and lowest it got was about -25 or so. No real difference. Up here we have folks who commute in Fairbanks, where it gets real warm. The long-distance guys use chemical hot packs in their boots because you simply cannot find anything that will keep your feet warm when it is below -40 and you on a bike. However, if you are biking below forty below in the middle of nowhere you already know what you are doing or you have a death wish.

Check face book for the Iditerod Trail Invitational and all the articles about that race. Those guys ride 1000 miles to Nome on fat bikes in the dead of winter through blizzards and temperatures that often drop below -50. I hear the scenery is nice.......
Whiteout1962 is offline  
Old 12-11-14, 09:12 PM
  #11  
vol
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3,798
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 12 Posts
What's wrong with wearing snow boots? I did when it's very cold. Very cozy.
vol is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Eyedrop
Road Cycling
29
02-01-17 11:06 PM
Dreww10
Winter Cycling
20
11-23-14 07:52 AM
thehammerdog
Winter Cycling
28
01-02-14 10:19 AM
teamtrinity
Road Cycling
16
11-06-12 08:14 AM
USAF1C1X1
Winter Cycling
4
10-26-10 05:43 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.