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Five ways to keep your feet warm while riding a bike

Five ways to keep your feet warm while riding a bike


Hey guys. Today we’re going to be talking
about feet. So I wrote something on the blog a couple of weeks ago offering 5
tips on keeping your feet warm and I’ve had lots of questions since then. So I
thought I’d expand a bit. OK, 5 tips for keeping your feet warm on a bike. Or a
skateboard. It’ll work for anything. Tip No. 1: wear the right socks. Now
I know this sounds kind of obvious but it seems to be really overlooked. The
most important part of keeping your feet warm in wintertime is choosing the right
socks. Now there are a couple ways of looking at this but fundamentally what
you need is a good thick pair of wool socks to keep them warm. Wool is the best. Merino wool is a little bit more comfortable, a little bit more expensive
but worth it. I love merino wool socks, I wear them every day of the winter. But beyond that there’s a couple other little trips tips that work for me. Make sure those socks are really long, they come up to your knee. I don’t know
the physics behind it, but they seem to keep my feet a lot warmer when they come up really high. So ski socks are great for that kind of thing. You can always
find long wool socks but I one thing I do and lots of people disagree with this
because of point number two, which we’ll see in a minute, but I often layer up my
feet too now I’ve got a really thin pair of really high wool socks so they’re
nice and thin they pull them up really high they come up to here and then over
top of that I put a thicker pair of traditional wool socks. So it’s still
comfortable but I get all of the warmth in there and that seems to work really
well for me. Some people say one pair is all you need that’s probably true
but there you go make sure you pick the right socks. Tip No. 2: do not over
stuff your shoes. So yes you need to wear warm socks but you want to make sure
your boots are not too tight. You want to leave a little pocket of air around your
foot between your sock and the inside of your boot. Your body heat will warm that
air up and that helps keep your foot warm if your shoes are too tight. If
you’ve stuffed too many socks in there you’re not going to have that pocket of air
and your feet will get cold much quicker. Tip No. 3: ditch the cycling shoes.
Now we know a lot of people have these shoes and these are mine I use them all
the time. Cycling shoes are great for a lot of things. They clip into your pedal
to keep your foot in the right position, which helps peddling power and peddling
speed. They’re made for lightness, they are quick, they’re streamlined. Usually
they are not made for warmth. When your foot is tightly packed in there, it’s
really tough to keep it warm. So my solution? Ditch the cycling shoes. OK
tip No. 4: Pick the right shoes for your ride. So you’ve given up the cycling
shoes, you’ve given up the idea that you’re gonna set some kind of personal
bests on your commute to work in the winter time, or any kind of winter ride. I
mean riding in the winter is slower anyway so what’s most important is
keeping your feet warm. So what do you wear? A couple suggestions for you. If
you are geared up for cycling and you are one of those people who likes to
dress athletically, get a pair of these . These are like mid-level hiking
boots, maybe three season maybe fall maybe winter hiking boots anything like
that will work. These are pretty good. They’re sleek enough that you can still
ride quickly. They’re waterproof so I don’t mind them getting wet. I don’t mind
them getting dirty. There’s enough room to stuff some warm socks in there and
for a lot of those rides, these work really well. I wear these on some rides
when it gets down to about -10 C, -15 C. if it gets really cold, like really really cold, give it all up and bring out
the big guns. Just just wear the warmest boots you’ve
got. It’s important to keep your feet warm, these are great. They’re
kind of big and they’re bulky they’re not great on the bike but they’re super
warm and keep me warm and comfortable and keep me going even on those really
really cold days I’ve worn these down to -20 C, -25 C, even colder than, that so these are a great option. But that’s if you’re dressing
specifically for your ride. What if you’re dressing for your destination?
What if you need something to wear to get to work and to wear at work as well?
Well, this is the thing that really opened my eyes to this and I’m wearing
them right now. These these are my beloved Blundstones. You don’t need to
wear Blundstones but I love these boots. They’re not insulated or anything so I
still need to wear warm socks but I can stuff them in there they keep my feet
warm on those average winter days and I can wear them all day at work too. So
it’s really key for me to find boots that I can wear on my ride and where I’m
going as well. So these were a life-changer for me. I wear them probably too
much, almost every day of the winter and I love them. So there you go. There are a
few tips for you, OK, tip No. 5: let’s call this one the bread-bag hack. So
I’ve never tried this before but I’ve heard it from a lot of people. It’s
a little weird but some people swear by it. When it’s really cold and you’re
having no luck keeping your feet warm, get it a little plastic bag, maybe an old
bread bag, maybe a little bag like this and actually stick your foot into that
bag, and then shove that into your shoe. Now I
can’t imagine how sweaty your foot would get, but if you think about it, it probably
does a decent job of keeping that body heat in there. So I don’t know, I’ve never
tried it, but if you’re desperate give it a whirl and let me know how it goes. The
last thing I want to say is: don’t neglect your feet! Cold toes means a bad
ride. I should have said at the beginning. Anyway, see you next time!

4 comments on “Five ways to keep your feet warm while riding a bike

  1. You missed the best tip, one you're using! Use mudguards, because if your feet stay dry, they stay warm.

  2. I really like just plain old rubber overshoes (galoshes). May be the bread bag principle but are warm down into the deep subzero temps, not too bulky, slip over work shoes and regular socks, waterproof. If the afternoon trip is nicer i throw them in my bag and they take little space. And cheap!

  3. Enjoying your bike videos, thanks!! But ….with headphones on…voice audio in only one ear (left) and music in both ears. Keep making these cycling vids:)

  4. Bread bags, wore them almost everyday delivery papers in winter as a kid. Bought goretex with the paper route money and ended up going back to bread bags. I was looking for a high tech solution and have tried everything you mentioned. Now 30 years later going to give bread bags a try again, yuk, but warm.

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