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    Hi!

    What are good choices in winter shoes for SPD clips? I have Keen branded shoes which are more like beefed-up sandals with SPD cleats built into the shoes. I need something better for the winter.

    Also, I'm interested in good winter gloves. I have a lighter-weight pair of Sealskinz but these were not enough for the coldest days last year. I unfortunately bought them a size too small and it is difficult slipping a chemical hand warmer into the palm. So it is time for me to try again.

    Thanks!

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    Those are all very personal choices. There are a lot of styles to choose from, some of which look like street shoes and some of which would not ever be mistaken for anything but cycling shoes. Then there's ease of walking, and cost. The epitome of the winter shoe is the Lake Northwaves, at around $250, but they're too warm for regular use.

    My preference is for fairly street-looking shoes with a minimum of mesh. Shimano and Lake have good offerings in the $70-100 range. For extreme cold, I will put on Goretex shoe covers and wear 2 layers of socks.

    For gloves, there's another range of opinions, though most people gravitate toward lobster gloves (with glove liners) or bar mitts.

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    I use these shoes in winter with a pair of thick wool hiking socks:
    http://www.shimano-lifestylegear.com...pSccontentsPro

    My typical commute is 10 miles and my feet were comfortable on the coldest day that I rode last winter, which I believe was about 15 degrees. A lot of what's right for you is going to depend on how your body handles the cold. I generally run a bit warm, except for the hands and the feet. There are some people on the forum that get by wearing sandals all year and some people that need cycling boots or they're pretty miserable.

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    Depending on your feet (size) and your tolerance for cold, I might be able to tighten you right up!

    http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showth...nly-1-mile-new!

    My Lake 303s were just too warm for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbb View Post
    Depending on your feet (size) and your tolerance for cold, I might be able to tighten you right up!

    http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showth...nly-1-mile-new!

    My Lake 303s were just too warm for me
    @dbb, I wish, I wish...I'd pedal right to you with my cash for a deal like this. Unfortunately I'm a size 11. I often wonder if my feet swell when I'm pedaling and increase in width. (I don't seem to understand too much about bicycling and my feet.) Thanks for the offer -- and I appreciate learning how warm Lake shoes are. I might go for them because I have some long rides to train for.

    Thanks so much!

    Bob
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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions! Keep them coming. I'm interested in what you think of gloves too. I do have bar mitts but I wonder if they add a lot of wind resistance for long rides.

    Bob

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    A number of riders on the forum have the Moose Mitts http://moosemitts.com/moose-mitts.html brand of bar mitts. I've had a couple of pairs and they are wonderful for flat bars and (IMO) a bit less so for drops (I generally ride with my hands on the hoods).

    I rode all through last winter with a pair of Pearl Izumi lobster mitts and I lined them with a thin pair of PI gloves (similar to the Escape).

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    My favorite gloves are a pair of thinsulate mittens. These are not made for cycling. They are made to keep your fingers warm. They work just fine for cycling though.

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    I've been an every day winter commuter for the last two years (thanks, BAFS!). My hands and feet are not prone to getting too cold, and I am not generally moving along much faster than 12-15 mph.

    My gloves strategy is:
    above 45-50 - half finger gloves (I wear these all spring/summer/fall after fracturing a bone in my hand in a fall two years ago)
    35-45 light full fingered gloves (Pearl Izumi - I think maybe these: https://www.rei.com/product/872300/p...ke-gloves-mens)
    25-35 thicker (but pretty cheap) Performance gloves
    below 25 - back to the thin Izumis with generic ski gloves on over them

    This doesn't really help answer the OP, but FWIW, I find for my shortish commute that regular shoes on flat pedals works fine - and moreso in the ice and snow of winter. I went through most of last winter with Merrell "Cameleon Shift" Ventilator waterproof hiking shoes. They are awesome. On heavy snow days, I'd shift to a pair of old timberland hiking boots. I wear one or two pairs of wool socks of varying thickness as necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbb View Post
    Depending on your feet (size) and your tolerance for cold, I might be able to tighten you right up!

    http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showth...nly-1-mile-new!

    My Lake 303s were just too warm for me
    Are those the wide Lakes? If so, I m interested; I have yet to find a too-warm foot situation!


    For the OP, shoe covers are a good 80% solution. Boots are really nice, though, but obviously are pricey. Figure around $200 for a good pair of boots. I have two pair of Northwave boots, the regular and the "Arctic" -- the regular boots are good for 25-40 and the Arctic are good for when it is below 25 but even then my feet will be cold after an hour.

    Which brings up a good point: in the winter it is really about how long you want to be comfortable. If you have a 30-45-minute commute you can get away with less gear than if you have a 60+ minute commute. At least for me things start getting real after 45-50 minutes.

    I find PI lobster gloves work quite well for temps below 25. Bar Mitts are good too for the colder days, if you are willing to give up some hand maneuverability.

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