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Shoe covers over trainers

ErikHErikH Posts: 22
edited May 2013 in Road beginners
I cycle in trainers and get cold feet when out. I am wondering if I could use shoe covers over my trainers, would there be enough of a "gap" underneath the shoe cover to allow a good grip on the pedal. (I use flat pedals)

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  • farrinafarrina Posts: 360
    edited May 2013
    I am not aware of any shoe covers suitable for trainers - I guess the problem would be that to allow sufficient space for your shoes to grip the pedal the would be little of the underside of the shoe cover left to stop it coming away from the shoe.

    As far I am aware all shoe overs are designed to be worn over cycling shoes with plates that attach to your pedals.

    I guess if you were using toe clips and straps you might be able to get away with using standard shoes covers but my suggestion would be down the clipless pedal route.

    There are differing types of cycling shoes available to suit weather conditions, but we are getting into expensive territory here. No doubt somebody better informed than I will be along to say they have the perfect solution....


  • lotus49lotus49 Posts: 763
    I would also suggest going clipless. Most roadies do in the end for lots of good reasons but if you don't want to then my suggestion is foot warmers. These are little sachet type things that heat up. You stick them in your shoes and, by all accounts, they work very well.

    I never seem to get cold feet as I have neoprene overshoes over my Shimano shoes but this does seem to be a common problem. Do make sure you haven't done up your trainers too tightly though as this can cause cold feet.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    Toe covers would work. I got some Campagnolo neoprene ones that go right around from toe to heel, so they will stay on and have nothing on the base apart from at the very front.
    Not as warm as full overshoes which will cover whole foot and ankle, but will be a lot warmer than nothing.

    The other thing that would work is waterproof socks. Sounds rubbish but I have Sealskins ones that I often wear if its cold but not wet. They keep the wind (which is what often makes you cold) off and it save me having to bother putting the overshoes on (the two things combined are very snug and dry). Have had no breathability issues with them.

    They are just like thick black socks and I think Go Outdoors have them at a discount.
  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    In censored weather I've worn my BBB overshoes over my trainers on the commuting bike. works absolutely fine, the "straps" on the underside of mine come under the arch of my foot, not somewhere I want to be pedalling.
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  • ErikHErikH Posts: 22
    Great guys, thanks a mill, some food for thought.

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  • junglist_mattyjunglist_matty Posts: 1,725
    I stopped wearing my overshoes nearly a month ago.... It's warm enough without them, granted my toes were a bit frozen this morning on my ride, but that was early morning, it's now 15 out!
  • simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
    I have a pair of sealskinz socks that seem to be pretty windproof and do the trick if i am wearing trainers on the mountain bike.
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  • supermurph09supermurph09 Posts: 2,471
    Someone on my club ride was wearing some cutout socks over his shoes, cheap option if you wanted to experiment!
  • simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
    Someone on my club ride was wearing some cutout socks over his shoes, cheap option if you wanted to experiment!

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  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    Someone on my club ride was wearing some cutout socks over his shoes, cheap option if you wanted to experiment!

    Probably not as cheap as you think or as Compo as Simonhead implies...... :wink:
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  • Jim CJim C Posts: 333
    A large pair of planet x neoprene overshoes should fit. Cost, a tenner
    Can't see a problem, other than its warming up in the UK :-)
  • goonzgoonz Posts: 3,106
    Cheaper option than going clipless why not just buy thicker socks?
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  • ErikHErikH Posts: 22
    I already wear 2 pairs of socks :-)

    Maybe the sealskins as mentioned above or the oversized shoe covers are the way to go.
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