|Keeping your feet warm and dry while riding can be the key to keeping you healthy as well as keeping your body warm. Being closest to the road, your feet are more likely to get wet and, in cold weather, that will lead to cold feet. In addition, studies have shown that cold, wet feet can increase your chances of getting a cold (mom was right!). Finally, as swimmers and runners can attest, cold feet can soon make the rest of your body cold. Therefore keeping warm starts with warm, dry feet.|
Here are some of your options:
- Better socks – Thicker socks or multiple socks will help, but not if they constrict your feet which will cause them to get cold. You may have to get larger shoes. A better option is to wear socks that are warm and wick away moisture like Merino wool.
- Overshoes – Most bike shoes have vents in them which help cool your feet in the summer, but let in cold air in the winter. Therefore you need to cover the vents. The easiest way is to wear toe warmers. However if that isn’t enough you can wear neoprene overshoes which completely cover your shoes.
- Winter boots – They are not cheap, but you can buy insulated bike shoes (boots) which are almost guaranteed to keep your feet warm.
- Other options – You can also add foot warmers inside your shoes just like for ski boots or buy heated insoles or socks.
Quote of the week: “Thinking about cycling only burns between 0.0 and 0.0 calories.”
Here is an article which reviews your options: