On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 5:41 PM, Allen Wade <kettlebellal@...
> All this talk about the frigid weather brings one major question tohttp://www.icebike.org/Clothing/footwear.htm
> mind...HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR FEET WARM?...I commute 20 miles each way and am
> ok until temps drop below 20 to 25°f...I have tried disposable foot warmers,
> wool socks, battery powered socks, and booties. Has anyone tried battery
> tried the battery powered insoles? I am at a loss.
has a nice analysis of a
bunch of different options.
My commute is pretty short, so I go with a pair of smartwool socks
covered by a pair of Bike Nashbar Hytrel socks tucked into a pair of
Keen Newport H20 sandals. When it drops down below about 10 degrees
Fahrenheit, I swap my normal socks for a pair of icebreaker ski socks
under a pair of smartwool heavy hiking socks.
If I had to do a longer ride, I'd consider a pair of army surplus cold
weather boots along the lines of these
I've a friend who does a bit longer commute and says they leave his
feet steaming at the end - of course, I'd carry a change of socks.
In either case, I use big fat platform pedals with grippy nubs -
Rivendell Grip Kings, Speedplay Drilliums, etc.
Finally, gear low, spin fast - its better balance and better
circulation. Also, make sure you don't pack too many socks into too
little space - if your shoes are tight on your socks, your feet won't
be as well insulated.
But, anyway, icebike.org is a great place to get an idea on any cold
weather biking needs.