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14-11-2023 | Frank Jansen | 6 Comments

7 tips for warm feet in winter cycling

Winter is approaching, and for many cyclists (myself included), it brings a significant challenge: the dreaded issue of cold feet. Despite experimenting with various solutions, such as electric socks, heat bags, sandwich bags, and even pepper in my shoes, I've finally reached a point where I can comfortably ride 100 km in freezing temperatures. In this article, I'll share my seven tips for keeping your feet warm.

1. Opt for warm tights

The blood plays a crucial role in regulating limb temperature, and since blood flows to the feet through the legs, wearing warm tights is essential. Unlike leg warmers, winter tights offer superior warmth with extra thickness, windproofing, and added protection at the crotch. Investing in a quality pair of winter tights is key. Pro tip: find the best deals during the summer.

2. Ensure a warm core and head

Cover your core and head adequately. Dress appropriately and don't forget to protect your head, perhaps with a snug buff.

3. Embrace wool socks

Warm feet often lead to sweating, and without proper moisture management, your feet can become cold and clammy. Opt for a breathable combo, considering that cycling shoes, especially with overshoes, may limit ventilation. The solution? Affordable and effective wool socks, a favorite among pavers and gardeners. You can easily find them online or at a hardware store.

4. Invest in overshoes and/or winter shoes

For most cyclists, neoprene overshoes do the job of converting summer shoes into winter-ready gear. However, if you belong to the 10% facing extreme cold, consider winter shoes. These shoes, offered by reputable brands, provide better insulation and a wider fit, utilizing air as an excellent insulator. Ensure a proper fit, as manufacturers typically design winter shoes with a roomier feel. The great news? On the coldest days, you can still use overshoes for added protection.

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5. Preheat yourself and your shoes

Starting your ride with cold feet can be a perpetual chill, even with the best gear. Ensure both your feet and shoes are preheated effectively. Place your shoes on the radiator, wear slippers at home, and prioritize putting on wool socks first when dressing in your cycling attire. Take the time to stay indoors with your shoes on until your feet are comfortably warm.

6. Take regular breaks

In extreme cold, periodic breaks work wonders to enhance blood circulation. A brief stop every half hour for just two minutes can revitalize you, allowing you to cover more ground with increased cycling pleasure. While it might add a bit of effort, the payoff in enjoyment is significant.

7. Thoroughly dry your shoes post-ride

Winter rides often mean moisture absorption by your shoes, which is beneficial during the ride. However, it's crucial to dry them thoroughly afterward. While using a heater is an option, if you have floor heating, consider investing in ski boot dryers, such as those from Sidas. These devices use safe infrared light, consume minimal energy, and are ideal for efficiently drying your shoes overnight.

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Mattie 

  16 Nov, 2023     5 months ago     Reply


goede tips Frank! In de rij wollen sokken, ben ik groot fan van de Heattech variant van Uniqlo: https://www.uniqlo.com/nl/nl/product/heattech-sokken-462237.html?dwvar_462237_color=COL09&cgid=IDm-innerwear. Zijn ook niet duur en gaan heel goed in combiantie met winterschoenen


Rob Thierig 

  16 Nov, 2023     5 months ago
Zijn deze sokken niet dik? Of valt dat mee?

Marcel van Herten 

  14 Nov, 2023     5 months ago     Reply


Je kunt beter wat uittrekken dan te weinig aan. Zeker voor de core. En extra windstopper over je winterjack is nooit verkeerd, Tip voor het warmhouden van de core bij een langere tocht. Neem een droge base-layer mee in een plastic zak in je fietsshirt. Bij een (koffie)stop even wisselen.


gios 

  14 Nov, 2023     5 months ago     Reply


Als het echt koud is, inderdaad schoenen even voorverwarmen, maar niet te warm, dan krijg je teveel zweetvoeten in het begin en dat werkt averechts.


Koenvs 

  14 Nov, 2023     5 months ago     Reply


Paar jaar terug geïnvesteerd in goede winterkleding (waaronder schoenen) en nu met veel plezier in de winter op de fiets. Terwijl ik er jaren geleden niet aan moest denken.


Harm Jan Hogeboom 

  14 Nov, 2023     5 months ago     Reply


De aankoop van winterschoenen is de beste aankoop van de laatste jaren. Geen koude en natte voeten meer. Veel mensen vergeten dat wanneer je core niet genoeg warmte heeft, je lijf eerst daar de energie naartoe stuurt. Goede tip blijft kleed je naar de temperatuur


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