When snow and cold weather arrive, one question arises every year: to ride or not to ride? Dreamy, snow-covered landscapes invite you to do so, but the thought of cold feet makes even the toughest bikers prefer to send their bikes into well-deserved hibernation. Even though icy feet can be avoided with the right footwear, or at least significantly delayed, so that a few hours on the bike in winter does not become an ordeal. » Read more
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Anyone who decides to get on their bike in winter will soon find out: Cold feet can spoil the riding fun. So the question arises: What to do?
The certainly cheapest option are thick socks in and warm overshoes over the cycling shoes. Water- and windproof shoe covers made of thick neoprene create a barrier against the elements. For short distances around the block, over the house trail or for commuter trips, this option is completely sufficient, but always represents a compromise: The well-fitting summer shoesoften do not offer enough space for sufficiently thick socks, and a lot of heat is lost through the cleat openings, as this area does not have sufficient insulation. If you really want to keep your feet warm for a long time, so that you can make excessive tours on your bike in the winter, you should not shy away from investing in special winter shoes. It is definitely an investment that will pay off.
Winter bike shoes have specific features that prevent the feet from cooling down. Water- and windproofness is key, as is a thicker insulation with a warm inner lining. A higher-cut shaft prevents water from entering from above and also closes the gap between the shoe and the bib tight. The sensitive cold bridge of the pedal connections is optimally insulated in winter shoes, so that neither cold can penetrate nor heat can be lost.
If you get cold really quick or if you want to sit on your bike in winter from morning to evening, you can increase the warmth effect with thermal insoles, thick socks and neoprene overshoes.
The selection of different models is now large, whether MTB shoes, shoes for road bikes or specific models for women - there is something for everyone. The cold doesn't stand a chance.