- Solving the problem of cold feet
I suffer badly with cold feet when riding and with winter coming been looking for a solution. Last year I used the self warm pad things that are ok but this year I was looking at thick merino socks. But can’t seem to find really thick ones that don’t come up over my gore tex shimano boots. If they do then they get wet and it all soaks down into the boot.
So I then thought about 2/3mm neoprene boots anyone tried this as I can’t really see a problem with it and like a wetsuit if any water does get in there it should warm up.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ThermaCELL-Therma-CELL-Heated-Insoles-Foot-Warmer-Size-Large-L-THS01-L-/380679252130?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58a24068a2Posted 4 years ago
Or alternatives, but they are the ones a mate had last winter and she swore by them for ski-ing day in day out.
Better than some that have battery packs etc on your leg or wires running up.#
uber cheap ones to try.
I asked on a similar thread a while back. There are supposedly some remedies that might help, eg evening primrose, stuff like that. Also someone pointed out that the blood vessels to the hands and feet go close to the surface in the ankles and wrists, hence make sure they are well insulated otherwise the blood into your feet won’t be as warm as it could be.Posted 4 years agoMSPSubscriber
Decent tights is the first thing, you can’t warm up blood in your feet that has already cooled down in your legs. Ski socks that come up to your knees under your tights. Then whatever winter boots are comfortable.
Do you wear a hat?
Might sound silly when discussing cold feet, but if your core and head is cold, the body cuts circulation to the extremities to protect the brain and vital organs.Posted 4 years agorighogSubscriber
I have had Shimano MW 81’s for a few years and they work OK for me with Sealskin socks and sometimes a really thin pair under these, But it sounds like you have been suffering more than me.
One more thing I use on really cold wet days it to use trousers rather than shorts (Endura Singletrack) If you sort out the bottoms were they join the boots they do a good job of defecting at least some of the water from going inside your boots, You will get wet but slightly less ” new cold water” helps.
I have moved to flat and can confirm The AM 41’s have been warm enough this Autumn, we will see as the months get colder.Posted 4 years ago
Ok thanks for all suggestions I do wear a buff on my head so that does keep it pretty warm. It’s a pain as the rest of me runs really hot so it’s hard to balance out. I am going to go with some full length tights as I normally wear three quarters I have also gone for some 2mm neoprene socks so will see how that works out. Gaiters could be the way forward we shall see how these hold up.
I do have some altura attack waterproof trousers I use for commuting so might try those too. Will work through suggestions till I have toasty toes !Posted 4 years agooldnickMember
Don’t cut off your circulation with socks that are too thick, or do your shoes up too tight.
Overshoes are great at stopping all the wind chill, the neoprene ones are pretty warm too, and that’s before you add some toasty but thin ski socks (smartwool I think they are called).
Long socks can always be cut down and hemmed to keep them under the waterproof layer 🙂Posted 4 years agoKarl33toMember
I suffer quite badly with cold feet too, on a bad day it can take a good half hour for my toes to warm up enough to be able to walk properly, and it hurts like hell when they thaw out too.Posted 4 years ago
Tried most of the above suggestions with varying amounts of success, but still no ideal solution.
An planning on getting some walking boots resoled in the 5.10 dotty rubber for this winter.molgripsSubscriber
Winter boots are the only thing that work. Thick socks in normal shoes don’t seem to allow enough circulation or something, but they don’t work.
I tried everything and had cold feet (and I have excellent circulation and am warm blooded) but winter boots = toasty extremities.Posted 4 years agotonSubscriber
I have always suffered from very cold feet, and now I take warfarin, my feet are cold all year round.
however for winter cycling, I use 5/10 exum guide boots and thick hiker merino socks made by smartwool.
the boots keep my feet dry and the socks keep my feet warm.
spd’s and spd boots never ever kept my feet warm and in the past I have owned all the shimano type, a pair of diadora ones and also the bike pittsrds leather lake ones.Posted 4 years ago
because the foot is held stiff without moving on a spd pedal it does not create any heat through movement.
on a flat pedal the foot is moving or bending constantly, which creates heat.vorlichMember
I use merino socks, neoprene boots, then soft shell shoes. Ok for shortish blasts in sub zero conditions, but this year I’ll be getting some overshoes too. Neoprene boots are cheap off ebay, just buy some and try them.
If you’re minted, then get some of those 45NRTH boots.Posted 4 years agoanotherstanMember
cold feet here too, or at least i used to have. i now use neoprene socks/ boot liners which i got from aldi. i make sure my feet are warm before i put them on.
as said above, they can be sweaty, but the moisture/ sweat generated from pedalling stays warm inside the neoprene.
seems to work for me anyway.Posted 4 years agodukeduvetSubscriber
Same here with freezing feet. Fist thing I did was try some wool insoles backed with foil. I also got some gaffer tape and secured some bits of old inner tube over my spds. A clump of freezing metal right next to feet was not good. Thick socks and tight shoes dont help either.
One thing that really helped was an extra layer on my upper body. I was hotter but this seemed to keep the rest of my body warm including toes and fingers. All helped me anyway and virtually free.Posted 4 years agodamascusMember
A lot of my friends wear neoprene socks. I have a pair that I use and I really like them.
I use Shimano MT90 and MT91 boots but in winter water still gets in over the top.
When its really cold the water gets in and doesn’t get out. When I take my boots off theres usually a small cup worth of water.
With the neoprene socks the water gets warm and keeps my feet warm.
If I ever go away and do 2 rides in 2 days I wear my merino wool socks on the first day and then my neoprene socks on the 2nd day as the foot is going into a damp shoe.
They are only about £15. try them, you might like them.Posted 4 years agocossyrushMember
I suffer really badly from cold feet.
Tried good wool socks, sealskins, overshoes etc… But never really found a suitable solution.
Then I tried neoprene socks, problem solved, warm feet all ride.
Ok not the nicest because you get sweaty feet, but at least they are not cold.
Nookie make some which fit ok.
I also use neoprene gloves – great also.Posted 4 years agoMounty_73Member
I suffered from cold feet last year, this works for me…..sorry if it s stating the obvious…
Make sure your feet are warm before you put on bike socks, shoes etc.
If my feet get cold during the ride, then stopping and getting off the bike and simply walking around helps with circulation.
I wear thin merino socks under my seal skinz/other bike socks, I also now use overshoes too.
If I have cold feet, I feel cold.Posted 4 years ago
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