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I find my feet aren't a problem when biking in the cold much. Your feet don't present a large frontal area, have a good drag coefficient and tend to be encased in a semi-solid garment anyway. Being an outdoorsy type I habitually wear walking boots which work fine with a decent pair of socks, or alternatively skate shoes which provide plenty of padding to insulate the feet.

A decent pair of shoes are a must for motorbike owners (I don't want to think about what would happen to my ankle bones in a crash if I wasn't wearing decent shoes), and boots are recommended, but for the cyclists it's pretty much just a case of staying away from well-ventilated shoes like trainers or flip-flops and wearing something a little more substantial.

Motorbike boots:
Cost: **
Weather resistance: *****
Looking stupid: ****

Walking boots:
Cost: ****
Weather resistance: ***
Looking stupid: ****
I grew up in Alaska. The coldest (much worse, hottest in summer) was Fairbanks. I have been in -84% F real not wind chill. Real thermal underwear ( such as hunters use, not the junk from W Mart) are worth while because trapped air works on wide range of temperatures. When I move back home, I'll buy a down ( not down and feathers which does not work) . <br>Because down parkas use the trapped air, they can be comfortable from -30% to +50%. <br>Mittens are much better than gloves. Eskimos use wool glove under wind proof mittens, a system that gives the best of letting you shake the mitts when dexterity is needed. I used a harness to keep my mittens attached. Although Vancouver has a relatively mild climate, wind chill can make it feel much colder, a problem solved by wind proof outer layer.
Now, slightly off topic, I am in Sunny Southern California and therefore don't see snow a whole lot, but would you 'actually' ride your bike in this whether? I mean, its hard for me to imagine a temperature much below 50f but this just seems extreme! Interesting ways to keep warm though, good to keep in mind whenever i head up the the mountains. <br>This is the coldest I have ever seen it down here, it actually hailed! This is the kind of day for us Californians when you just concede to taking a car/public transportation.
<p>As a Canadian in rainy Vancouver i cycle most places year round. Vancouver is warmer than most of the rest of Canada to be sure, but it'll still be below freezing at night and in the mid 30's during the day for a couple months in the winter and just cold and wet in spring and fall. It's nicer when it's below freezing because that means it is dry although icy. it sucks when it's 35 degrees out, pissing rain and i'm riding to work on the ice from the previous day.</p>
&quot;Would you actually ride your bike in this weather?&quot;<br> <br> Yes, I would. In the UK it will routinely be below freezing temperatures for an entire day in the depths of winter, and chilly (below 50F) for several months of the year. I cycled to lectures daily at university, and cycled or rode a motorbike to work for another couple of years.&nbsp; I'm not an extremophile (though I will admit to being a bike fanatic), I just needed to get around in winter on two wheels.
Wow!, well more power to you. I guess I am just a cold wuss. I love getting around on my bike but think that I may just stay home on days with more than a foot of snow.
There is a very sparse selection for cyclists looking for clipless shoes for winter riding. They exist, but are expensive and very specialized. Pedal straps are available that are designed to function with larger footware (ie: boots). There is always the route of the bootie for cycling shoes, but finding ones to fit 'mountain' style shoes can be troublesome. <br><br>Depending on the weather, I will wear a thin polyester sock underneath a wool hiking sock in addition to a bootie, or a combination of the three.<br>
just a few thoughts...1. scarf, not too bulky with extra length tucked in a jacket helps on the stupid points. 2. water repellant and wind resistence i tend to associate together and I wonder if you were to scotch gard a beanie making it water repellent if that would help wind resistance 3. now you got me try to calculate and see how you could do this but...take a shower cap, attatch it to the inside of a bicycle helmet with brads maybe (just sticking it into the hard foam material...or glue might be safer if you get in an accident. Then wear a beany under the helmet (optional - my head is so small it helps me for a tighter, safer fit anyhow) and the wind isn't rushing in the holes of the helmet. In the summer you can remove the shower cap for ventilation. just a couple thoughts this inspiried...any commments or insight to problems they may present?
A decent balaclava does great, both as headgear and as a neck warmer, since many will drop all the way down to the shoulder. Don't splurge on the super fancy vented ones, but do get one without a mouth hole. It's more difficult to breath, but much less of your face will be exposed. My lips, and I'm sure others, are very prone to cracking in the winter, even with lots of lotion and care.<br><br>I rarely ride now without some sort of headgear under my helmet, even in sweltering weather. A simple cotton bandana works great for keeping sweat from pooling above your eyes, and doesn't add much more heat than a head of hair.<br><br>In my experience, even with driving, soaking rains, not too much comes down through the vents in the helmet (granted, my helmets have never had more than 20 vents, your mileage may vary) at least not more than the above balaclava/bandana/hat/other wicking headgear can handle. All that foam in the helmet keeps the top of my head pretty warm, toasty even with a base layer of some sort.
I really can't gush enough about proper windproof/waterproof pants. Ones made specifically for cycling have straps that tighten down the lower leg around your calf, such that it doesn't get sucked into the chain in a strong wind/regular pedaling. <br>My only gripe is that we seem to have gone into a 'easy on/easy off' phase with specialized clothing, which means zippers more often than not. Zippers leak, even it they are flatlocked. I use ordinary canning wax rubbed over the zipper to seal them somewhat better, and I couldn't be happier.
i find putting legwarmers pulled up over the knees with wool socks does the trick. but i may try this for the super bitter cold days. <br>
lol i once wore my crocs when i was on my moped, and when i was back home, there was no bottom on them. :P
Did you hurt your feet at all? I was riding my bike with no brakes down a hill and put my feet down. My toes were bleeding and my big toe was missing a pretty good chunk...
Yeah, they where all brown, cut up, and had a rock stuck in it.
you forgot top list Minnesota in the epilogue. at times it gets colder here than in Siberia
You mentioned london...while I'm not sure if they have craigslist for london, this concept for trousers is gonna send me looking for some cheap craigslist ski panst or...the little kids overalls, I'm sure I could adjust and make the length fit, just not wearing them as overalls (I'm not too tall). cause ski clothes are wind/water resistant....just another idea to throw out there and explore for others looking for solutions.
also wore flipflops (thongs here in australia) while riding a bycycle. got a massive graze on my foot
Garden gloves work great for cycling. They are cheap, have great grip, and come in a wide variety of thicknesses/warmth.
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.adstactical.com/about_ads/gen3_ecwcs.htm">http://www.adstactical.com/about_ads/gen3_ecwcs.htm</a><br/>Thats what you want right there. The down side its veeeerrrrry expensive.<br/><br/>the only danger is that when you start biking or even just sitting indoors is that you start to sweat. Then when you stop moving the sweat can cause hypothermia.<br/>The goal is not to keep you toasty but comfortable. (like say a 60&deg;F A/C would in the summer)<br/>
I agree with what Skepticool says about mittens. What I wear is the outershell mittens which are water and wind-proof and then wear wool or fleece gloves inside them. Spare gloves in pocket, they are a small enough packag.<br/> For winter footwear you might want to check out &quot;Bog&quot; boots. They are neoprene like a wetsuit with a rubber outer sole.<br/>I have been using them for 3 winters now and find them good to very low temperatures. The pair I have even have fairly good grip on ice.<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.amazon.com/Bogs-Mens-Classic-Mid-Boot/dp/B000THFQ80/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_1">http://www.amazon.com/Bogs-Mens-Classic-Mid-Boot/dp/B000THFQ80/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_1</a><br/>I have also found a helmet liner that is like a fairly thin bellaclava, not a total solution but it helps.<br/>
I bike all year and all weathers. My hands are the biggest problem in winter cycling - keeping them warm, particularly since I'm afflicted with Reynaud's Syndrome. I've found the most suitable hand protection to be the mitten with the thumb sewn separately. They should be waterproof and not so tight fitting as to obstruct application of brakes. Visibility is extremely important. I never cycle without a fluorescent vest and reflective pant cuffs.
Years ago I began to make notes on what I had to wear to stay warm when exercising (biking and jogging) in the cold according to the temperature. Those notes have been helpful in the years since, and I have added to them. If the temperature takes a sudden dip, I can consult my notes and be pretty comfortable. Feet and hands are my bigger problems when I cycle during the winter. Feet are a problem because it is a long way to pump blood and keep it warm. Putting four layers of newsprint over the front portion of my foot from the ball of my foot over the ends of my toes and up the top of my foot. With that inside my shoe, my feet stay considerably warmer longer. Sometimes I put about four layers of newsprint around the side and back of my foot, too. I also buy clothing in the sporting goods sections of stores. Cold weather is something hunters have to handle, and the items are often less expensive than they would be in a bicycle specific store. In case you are wondering, I live in SW Idaho where the temperature will be between 0 and 10 deg. F by the end of the week.
Thanks for the comment- I hadn't thought of the newspaper thing, might try that if it gets much colder here. The sporting goods plan is also a good idea- then you can get almost identical clothing to the bike shops and it's still a lot cheaper.
This totally wouldn't work in Stavanger/Nunavut/Murmansk/Reykjavik/Tibet/Antarctica, you need uber thermal underwear and Goretex sock liners and NASA-developed hollow fibre everything to not freeze to death.
See step 8. <sub>Actually I think you already did.</sub><br/>
Hhah, Great instructable PKM!

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