Sunday, January 31, 2010

Perfect Mix

Like a groundhog seeing his shadow, bragging about feeling warm on a ride will most likely damn me to 6 extra weeks of freezing my ass off. Regardless, winter on the bike is usually a series of mind numbingly freezing weekend rides outdoors and week nights of mind numbingly boring trainer workouts.
One major highlight is when you manage to dress perfectly for the temperature. Just right. No cold toes. No feeling of clammy sweat trapped under layers of windblocker.
The sweet spot is rare, but when you hit it, it is hard not to brag.
Frozen feet have always been an issue for me. I have experimented with countless sock and overshoe combos to find the magic bullet. I have always avoided winter shoes (they seem like cheap cx ski boots) Besides, I am a Sidi devotee and why mess up something so good if you can just figure out how to wrap the present better instead?
I might have hit the magic formula last weekend. In the past I might have tried to jam too many pairs of socks into the shoe. This kind of compression is going to cause hot spots and cut off circulation. Not good.
The overview

1.Smartwick socks. Tall socks. Real tall.(embrocation plug)
2.DeFeet Woolie Boolies. The best winter wool cycling sock
4.Toe warmer on top of shoe. I think this is key. On top.

5.Sock weight overshoe-the insulation. If it is super cold I have an old pair of wool socks with a hole cut out of the bottom. Generally it is my ragged, yet reliable Rabobank over socks(these things have been like my security blanket since I got them on ebay)

6.Shoe cover-wind/water block. Overshoes are a hot topic.(as seen here and here). These LG's have done their duty, but I don't know if I will get another winter out of them, so all the bootie talk is appreciated.
So once your done you look like you have clubfoot, but are good to go.

Did 3.5 hours in the high 20s with no issues. Could feel my toes when I got home.
Can't wait to test it out again next week! It was dry day and that helped a lot too.
Disclaimer-I am not trying to claim any hardman status-this is the competition for that crown!

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