General Discussion: Cycling


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swiftus
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1296 posts since 1/7/09

12 Jan 2021 11:47
Goldie wrote: Silk liners are what you want, a pair of those on first inside them and it should be warm enough.
If not, then I suggest Zwift.

Cheers, I think I just remembered I have some with some skiing gloves I bought a while back. Will have a look.
matt_brown89
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111 posts since 23/9/18

3 Feb 2021 13:25
What are people's recommendations for keeping your feet warm on the bike? Suggestions for socks or anything else to stop my toes freezing off.
Sneakysbest
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2003 posts since 28/1/12

3 Feb 2021 13:38
Get a wahoo kickr and a zwift subscription. Nout reason to go out in thus rubbish weather atm.

If you really want to brave the elements. Get a really good pair of lined waterproof booties. I’ve got a pair from Rapha, but appreciate they can be quite dear. Galibier is a small U.K. brand and do some good kit, have a look at their over boots. I also sometimes go for the Velotoze tall covers with a pair of castelli toe covers on top for added protection.

Try and see what works, ultimately if you’re out for long in this weather you are always going to get cold wet feet, but more about limiting how long and how bad you have to suffer.
MrW
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2928 posts since 1/8/11

3 Feb 2021 13:46
Sneakysbest wrote: Get a elite direto and a zwift subscription. Nout reason to go out in thus rubbish weather atm.
Fläsket
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3867 posts since 14/8/04

4 Feb 2021 00:33
Not sure what conditions are like where you're at, but biking in excessive cold fuckin hurts! Would much rather be running.. and vice versa in excessive heat.
Goldie
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4765 posts since 17/10/07

4 Feb 2021 07:02
Tape over the vents on your shoes is a good start.
Better socks; DeFeet Woolie Boolies/SealSkinz/Hiking socks.
Toe covers for "milder" days, stops the wind chill biting when it's not quite cold/wet enough for full over shoes.
Spatz Overshoes for the worst days. Not cheap but they really are the best you can get. I probably spent the same amount on different pairs over the past couple years before biting the bullet and getting Spatz, and should've done it sooner.
JustinCredible
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2651 posts since 11/6/08

4 Feb 2021 08:17
I've always just used dirt cheap neoprene overshoes from planetx for commuting duties in winter, they're not waterproof in the shittest weather but even when your feet get wet they stay warm as long as you are putting the effort in
Jaymo85
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241 posts since 28/3/13

4 Feb 2021 08:23
Tried all the bodges mentioned along with overshoes (tape over toe box, fill in holes underneath, wrap tinfoil round feet) but ultimately if you’re out for long enough your feet get cold. Best way is to invest in some winter boots. North wave or fizik do various ones. Around £200 though so not cheap.
swiftus
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1296 posts since 1/7/09

4 Feb 2021 08:42
Jaymo85 wrote: Tried all the bodges mentioned along with overshoes (tape over toe box, fill in holes underneath, wrap tinfoil round feet) but ultimately if you’re out for long enough your feet get cold. Best way is to invest in some winter boots. North wave or fizik do various ones. Around £200 though so not cheap.

I'd really love to know how good the winter shoes are. Given your toes stay pretty much still (and you can't help that), how effective are they? Surely they're just delaying the inevitable?
mtthrvy2
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1941 posts since 8/11/10

4 Feb 2021 11:07
Bought some winter shoes this year and its a game changer for me anyway - picked up these for cheap (£100). Worth is just for the waterproofness - no overshoes are water tight as they have holes in the bottom for the cleats. Also worth it for not trashing your summer shoes.

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/northwave-celsius-r-arctic-gtx-aw20/rp-prod199828?gs=1&sku;=sku804371&utm;_source=google&utm;_term=&utm;_campaign=&utm;_medium=base&gclid;=Cj0KCQiA0-6ABhDMARIsAFVdQv9Uom2pCcXrz60DdtYRGQvwa7Wsys_tTGPGDARxDQSFtzYvmWeEqD4aAhkoEALw_wcB&gclsrc;=aw.ds

swede
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9378 posts since 21/3/09

4 Feb 2021 12:13
even though they are fuck ugly i am very tempted by a pair of winter boots. just saves the faf of layers etc too
mtthrvy2
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1941 posts since 8/11/10

4 Feb 2021 13:00
all winter kit is fuck ugly, lets be honest
Sneakysbest
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2003 posts since 28/1/12

4 Feb 2021 15:08
Not always, got a cafe du cycliste down for really cold days, that looks the business. Rain jackets do look shite, but as per previously, invest in a direct drive turbo and stay indoors when wet.
Goldie
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4765 posts since 17/10/07

4 Feb 2021 21:34
Or get a mountain bike, your cold feet are least of your worries when you're hurtling down some trails Ubercool
MrW
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2928 posts since 1/8/11

6 Feb 2021 15:23
swede wrote: If anyone is selling a full hydro disc di2/etap groupset or parts let me know

Just seen this pop up on Road Cycling UK Marketplace on fb if you're still looking, taken off a new bike & unused.

swede
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9378 posts since 21/3/09

6 Feb 2021 17:35
£1738 that guy wants Laughing out loud the actual state of bike component prices atm. jesus wept

also i can't even go down the di2 route atm as giant have no idea when di2 grommits for my frame will come back in stock Laughing out loud Evil

hope it improves over this year. fucking nightmare atm
Goldie
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4765 posts since 17/10/07

6 Feb 2021 18:15
Can't see it improving anytime soon, some manufacturers already quoting late '21/early '22 wait times Cry
swede
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9378 posts since 21/3/09

6 Feb 2021 18:45
i imagine when gyms are allowed to open again we'll see some of the casuals selling their steeds at reasonable rates
Sneakysbest
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2003 posts since 28/1/12

6 Feb 2021 19:18
New 12 speed dura ace round the corner, hopefully that means fat boys with f12s will upgrade and market will see a flood of parts as a trickle down.

SRAM also bringing out new wireless groupset, hope it’s a rival etap, might mean shimano finally pull their finger out and get di2 on 105.

Aside, di2 still being wired fucks me off, sram have shown you get accurate shifting totally wirelessly. Can’t be dealing with junction boxes and all this crap.
MrW
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2928 posts since 1/8/11

posted 6 Feb 2021 20:11, edited 6 Feb 2021 20:11
Got round to fitting a D-Fly unit this weekend and upgraded all Di2 firmware, can now connect to my Garmin 530 via Ant+ and have set the hidden buttons on the hoods to scroll through screens, switch backlight on & off and start / stop timer and well as display Di2 info (gear & battery %age). Latest etube software update is pretty decent and feature-rich, good overview here.