/ Winter MTB shoes?
But they have a lot of ventilation and my feet are freezing now, even with decent socks. I presume the neoprene 'booties' that you have for road biking are useless on MTBs?
Any recommendations for cheap shoes that are warm enough for Winter riding, but also have good grip in the mud & on rocks?
I get neoprene overshoes from Decathlon - only about £12 and although they do wear out at the toes quite quickly I doubt whether more expensive alternatives would be any better
I've also got a pair of Northwave Celcius boots, but find them quite uncomfortable in comparison to my usual shoes (Specialized Tahoe)
> I get neoprene overshoes from Decathlon - only about £12 and although they do wear out at the toes quite quickly I doubt whether more expensive alternatives would be any better
Aren't they really slippy in mud if they cover the studs, and/or get torn to shreds when you walk over rocks/roots with them on?
I use SPDs so use those Shimano Gore-Tex walking boot type things - look crap but work bril with decent socks...
Nick - You can get mtb specific neoprene over boots, Ive got some made by endura, that are still going strong after 2 years of riding 3 times a week in the winter. My riding is mainly DH based XC, so I do alot of pushing and walking. Combined with goretex sock, it seems to do the job
I didn't get on well with neoprene overshoes on the mountain bike: they can get clogged with mud. Two pairs of sealskin socks inside my normal SPD shoes is the best I've done to cope with the cold and wet. When not so cold one pair with light socks inside works well.
Sometimes cold feet can because you have too thick a pair of socks on. Counter intuitive I know. In the winter it is easy to cram some thick walking socks in your cycling shoes and find your feet are still cold. This is because your circulation to the feet is getting cut off. So maybe try a thinner pair of socks with a silk inner sock? In winter I wear a pair of cycling shoes one size bigger than summer ones. Then I have thicker socks but no so thick my shoes are tight on my feet. You could also try loosening off your shoes a bit if they are very tight.
Mostly get by with thin wool inners and sealskinz socks, though I'm not a great fan of the latter since both pairs that I've owned have leaked badly after very limited use.
For sub-zero I switch to flats and hiking boots (Brasher Hillmasters) and thick wool socks. Toasty! Winter 2009/10 was the last time I did this, but had the more fundamental problem that the cassette iced up so much that the chain instantly derailled if I changed gear (only the cog that I was using stayed ice-free).
You can end up walking/pushing/carrying the bike much more in snow and ice, so hiking boots are not quite so daft as they look.
Most of all though - have fun!
> Aren't they really slippy in mud if they cover the studs,
no, as they only cover the toe part of the sole.
Yes, they only tend to last one winter, but the trick is to ride the bike, not walk it :)
Oh, and Sealskinz socks are good too, but make sure you don't dry them out on the radiator
Ps Parkwood springs tomorrow lunchtime
I'll be hungover so you'll have no problem keeping up with me
Yep, same approach for me as well. Five tens seem to soak up water :-( which helps insulate the feet like a wetsuit :-)
One of or riding mates (a roadie) came out in those overshoe things and got ribbed mercilessly
I also wear neoprene shin pads, which help keep the lower leg warm (and help with the feet warmth)
Thanks, I'll try that solution. £15 at the moment though!
I use SPDs and Diadora Chilli Sport boots - seem to work fine.
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