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#976494 - 12/14/16 01:15 AM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: fastlarry]  
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got the gerbings jacket and gloves, my bike only has a clear wind screen so I added "wingscreens" that mount on the mirror stalks - those alone cut down on my biggest cold points which have been my hands. I found that heated handgrips are nice but unless you get the direct wind off the hands they won't mean much when it gets really cold.

#976506 - 12/14/16 04:09 AM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: fastlarry]  
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I thought I was the hardy sort and geared up as well. Back to the drawing board. Getting some real winter weather now.


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#976537 - 12/14/16 06:40 PM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: fastlarry]  

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This is a good time as any to ask it: how do you keep your feet from freezing? I'd blame my dicky heart but I clearly remember having frozen toes when riding back from school at 17 already, so it's a long running battle I've never won.

I've tried pretty much everything: every combination of layering, wearing larger boots and putting stuffing in them, putting garbage bags over my boots, even those small warm patches you glue to the bottom of your socks (obviously generic brand)... nothing has worked so far.
I am tempted by battery-powered socks, but all reviews I've read so far on hunting and fishing websites point to overpriced junk.
Before I do something I'll seriously regret (read: fork out 300 for Dane's battery powered heated boots), has anyone any suggestion here?

Thanks!

#976539 - 12/14/16 07:26 PM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: ]  
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Originally Posted By: Kakugo
This is a good time as any to ask it: how do you keep your feet from freezing?


I too wanted something better than the chemical packs for foot warmth. I read about the battery powered as well a bike powered socks. Seems too many have problems with the wires in the socks, either breakage or they can feel them with their feet. I bought a pair of the Gerbings heated insoles. I was skeptical that they would be effective. Even when I am cold elsewhere my feet are now warm with just a pair of normal riding socks. I don't have fancy boots, just a pair of Tourmaster waterproof boots. You cannot feel tell the insole is different from a normal insole. Walk in comfort. The power wire isn't too obtrusive, my velcro flap holds it when not connected or needed.

#976540 - 12/14/16 08:00 PM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: ]  
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Gerbings insoles are good.
I've used battery socks/ok.

With the heated jacket/silk under, heated gloves/silk under/aerostitch wind/rain over and heated seats a lot of body is warmed.

I wear thin sock liners/wool socks. and in extreme cold put a garbage bag over my feet and slide into boot (SIDI On Road).
I get almost 2 hours from this in well below freezing temp.
The key to me is stopping then to warm and hydrate.
I also consciously try to move my toes/feet aroundin the boot while riding to increase blood flow/circulation.

Everyone is different. I never tried rain boot gaiters but imagine they could add warmth and win blockage that would help.

Lots of heated options out there now for legs.
The more you keep wind out (I've used the balaclava/neck gaiter set up forever) and warm the core/extremities the warmer the blood circulaing is going to be.

Still better than riding in our heat...


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#976542 - 12/14/16 09:46 PM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: fastlarry]  
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I've never tried it because I've never taken long winter rides but I had a rider friend who swore by a pair of Totes pulled over the outside of winter Goretex riding boots being an excellent added wind break. The Totes seal out all wind and they're so tight they're like a fixed outer skin on the boot.


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#976544 - 12/14/16 10:47 PM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: fastlarry]  
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When I was in my mid 20's a buddy of mine and I rode our bikes from our respective homes in Cincinnati and Louisville to the Daytona 200 race in Daytona FL. It was early March and when I left it was 28F. I was layered up to the point I couldn't move. His outer garment was an Army field jacket; mine was a home-made down jacket. I thought I had the ticket for keeping warm-wrong. The wind compressed the down so that it became worthless as insulation and I froze. I had battery powered heated socks, bought just for this trip and untested. They cooked my feet for about 45 minutes to the point they were soggy with sweat. Then the battery crapped out and my feet froze as well. Footwear was US Army issue combat boots. Was I glad to get to southern Georgia and feel things warming up.

Riding home was worse; we hit a cold front in Macon, GA, with rain and sleet all the way to Louisville.

My, how things have changed.

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#976556 - 12/15/16 02:37 AM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: ]  
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I believe they're Gyde by Gerbing 7V Heated Socks. A bit bulky, but reasonable functional. The downside is that, with really burly socks, they probably won't fit in your boots. With normal weight (winter)socks, they make it a bit snug, but worth it on very cold days.


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#976564 - 12/15/16 07:47 AM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: fastlarry]  

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Thanks people.

Gerbing insoles are not available here; only their heated socks (both 12V and 7V flavors). I've already had both priced and socks plus batteries came out at more expensive than the Dane boots (7V) or even far more expensive (12V). And with King Dollar making a spectacular comeback they are about to get a whole lot more expensive.

#976572 - 12/15/16 03:01 PM Re: Musings on Cold Weather Riding [Re: ]  
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$$$$ a factor cetainly.

Sometimes though...there is tequilla, and then there is Don Julio 1942.
Just saying.
wave


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1968 R 50
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