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  • Chris Brown

    Is anyone else wondering what Pam is?

    • Marco Kall

      Yep, me too…

    • Scott Sissons

      It is a Non-Stick cooking spray available in North America. You can even get it butter flavoured.

      • Chris Brown

        If the did Bacon flavour I’d be sold! everyone love a bacon flavoured winter bike!

    • Anne-Marije Rook

      Oops! Sorry guys. I’ll change that.

  • BRK

    Ha! I’ve really got to toughen up. Here I am whinging in winter that it’s too cold to ride… and I live in Brissy!!

  • Jo

    I just started using the sandwich bag over socks idea two weeks ago when the temps around Latrobe Valley dipped to zero and below. Worked a treat and now other members of our cycling group are doing it. Cheap and light option. Chilblains are now a thing of the past!

  • Anon N + 1

    ever try chemical toe warmers inside your shoes?

    • Anne-Marije Rook

      I have tried that yes, but paired with warm socks, it’s gets a little too bulky for cycling tips.

    • Gale Hess

      Toe warmers, used them for 10 years now, the adhesive ones, on top of toes, are the ticket :) Saran wrap (plastic food wrap, tacky) is preferable to baggies over toes, can wrap as far up as up above ankle eg if raining in 40 degree weather, or sub 10 degrees F. Neoprene bootie covers with fleece lining are good, believe it or not the vintage Performance bike brand covers are still better than the $100 Campy neoprene/fleece lined I tried.
      Also, wind block fabric on the fronts of jackets and pants (fronts) are a must. Assos are worth the dime, they breath much better than other brands, so no cold sweat, which is the death knell of any ride. I got my Assos half price last “Black Friday” but I’ve had success with other brand pants, but no coats compare. Pearl izumi lobster gloves, fairly thick ear band (wind fabric is good), a neck fleece and balaclava, or two neck fleeces (Turtle Fur brand is warmest, very cozy).

      • Willbert

        I love love love my performance shoe covers. I’ve had them for 10 years and they are still hands down the best I have ever had. If anyone reading this has any extra size 9 (US) covers, i will happily buy them :)

    • Chuck6421

      Old thread, I know. But I’m just reading it now.
      I’m wondering if anyone else has had the success rate I have with chems which stands at around 0%? It seems that as soon as my foot goes in the shoe (with the chem stuck to the top of my sock over my toes) it’s like the flame goes out. This seems to also happen if I place them between my shoe and an overshoe. Take them out and they warm right up every time.
      What I have had good luck with is electric heated soles (ala Thermacell). The rechargeable battery is a flat lithium set into the heel. They don’t roast you but keep a normal ~100F which works to keep circulation in the feet open.

  • David9482

    And put all your gear on 30 minutes before leaving your house! You’ll be toasty warm by the time you start and begging to get outside to cool off!

  • Willbert

    I like to put put warm water in one insulated bottle, and hot water in the another insulated bottle. Drink the warm first and the hot will only be slightly cool by the time you get to it.

  • Heather nielson

    I never thought of surgical/latex gloves! Thanks for the idea

  • wrap your toes in foil :)

  • Peter

    Layers for everything, but even then my feet can turn into blocks of ice on extended rides because they are the one part of your body that really just don’t have much movement during a ride. Yes they go around and around and up and down, but inside the shoes, there isn ot much room to wiggle your toes or move the muscles of your feet to warm them up, so they tend to be affected most by the cold – at least for me. I haven’t tried toe warmers yet, but have started putting a pair in my jersey pockets just in case.

    If you layer up right and include tight fitting sunglasses, you will only have some forehead, cheeks, nose and mouth exposed to the weather (having a beard also helps, but that doesn’t help the ladies).

    I second the argument for leaving your race bike at home in cold weather – I find I am so padded up with all of the layers that my senses are dulled for the ride anyway, plus I take longer for my muscles to warm up and end up riding slower in the cold than in the warmer weather.

    To this end I have decided to ride my Fuji Touring bike as my winter bike for one to two months each year. I live near the ACT and we get down to about -6 or -7 degrees C in winter, especially in the mornings when I am riding most often.

  • jaredverbeke

    Exposed knees is a bad idea because the tendons around your knees are just 3mm below the skin. Cover up your legs with thermal knee or leg warmers.

  • Alan Dunne

    The idea of using de-icer is interesting. I think some brands can damage plastics, however. Which brand of de-icer to you use?

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