Winter shoes vs ski shoes

kawaspresso
kawaspresso Posts: 106
edited December 2017 in Road beginners
Hi,
I always have cold feet during winter, even with 2 pair of overshoes, I'd like to do longer rides but I can't just because my feet are too cold.
I saw winter shoes in LBS but they are very expensive, are they worth it ?
I thought I could drill a pair of nordic ski shoes to put cleats on it, is it stupid ?

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  • lesfirth
    lesfirth Posts: 1,382
    You can get heated insoles for ski boots. They have a battery that clips on the back of the boot. Maybe you can adapt these to your bike shoes.
  • lesfirth
    lesfirth Posts: 1,382
    edited December 2017
    Some people need to get a life.
  • kingstonian
    kingstonian Posts: 2,847
    Serious question - how cold is it where you are cycling ? If you have a decent pair of socks on plus a pair of insulated overshoes and you still have seriously cold feet, either you are cycling in the North Pole or you need to see a doc about your circulation.
  • me-109
    me-109 Posts: 1,915
    I find my winter shoes better than summer shoes with overshoes. My MTB winter shoes/boots are warmer and drier still. You could try something like those paired with SPD pedals instead of other road pedals.

    I think you would find it hard to adapt cross-country ski boots to work with any pedals. I can't imagine they are cheap either so assume you have some lying about. Which probably means you're not in the UK.
  • Serious question - how cold is it where you are cycling ? If you have a decent pair of socks on plus a pair of insulated overshoes and you still have seriously cold feet, either you are cycling in the North Pole or you need to see a doc about your circulation.

    I live in the french Alps, most of rides are cold from -10°C to 5°C during winter and there is snow each side of the road.
    I wear merino socks with summer shoes, toe warmer + neoprene overshoes. I never ride by rainy or snowy conditions.
  • davidof
    davidof Posts: 3,065
    I thought I could drill a pair of nordic ski shoes to put cleats on it, is it stupid ?

    I doubt anyone here will be able to tell you whether it is really stupid or not. Why don't you try?

    I've often thought that it must be possible to make a pedal that would work with a XC ski boot.

    You could try talking to Will who runs this website to see if he has any good ideas, as he rides and XC skis

    http://www.cycling-challenge.com/

    Otherwise, silver lined socks to keep heat in. How thick are your overshoes. I find 3mm neoprene is a minimum and I don't ride above 1000 meters in the winter.
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