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General Chat Thread, Cycling to Work in General; I second that re Buffs. You can get lightweight ones or fllece ones and once you warm up you can ...
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    I second that re Buffs. You can get lightweight ones or fllece ones and once you warm up you can easily adjust them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Half anecdote, half confession.

    My feet got soaked last Friday, I was caught without overshoes on my way home. Even though the shoes are heavy Goretex walking shoes, nothing bar wellies would have kept out that amount of water.

    The upshot was my shoes were still soaking on Monday - so I rode in in crocs. Yes, those funny plastic shoes (black, discrete and hidden under overshoes)

    Well, I kept wearing them and I've done 45 miles in them this week and I love 'em!

    They don't absorb any water, wipe them with a rag when they get wet and you're good to go. Worst case is that your socks get wet, wipe the crocs, put on dry socks and you're off again. No more cold wet shoes.

    Time will tell, but I'm going to see how I get on with these rather than fabric shoes. So far, it's all pluses - very light, very tough, don't absorb water, and if you keep spinning, no-one will see your feet.

    The cool kids have disowned me, of course.

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    Been riding in crocs for ages now , they grip the pedals great and as you say water just runs off. i have broke a few of the croc clips for the strap but you dont need that strap.

    I must say thou that socks and crocs are a no no . Its like crossing the beams or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpinjamez View Post
    I must say thou that socks and crocs are a no no . Its like crossing the beams or something.
    What - not even white sports socks?
    Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 20th September 2013 at 12:46 PM.

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    SPDs are the way forward I use shimno 087 shoes and r540 pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    SPDs are the way forward I use shimno 087 shoes and r540 pedals.
    SPD-SL (540's too costly for me this time round) for me and 078's

    If they get soaked I put them in a cardboard box with the fan heater blowing into them.

    TT

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    Bought a bike awhile ago despite living onsite and not through C2W, a Carrera Kraken from 2011 for 150. Pretty good on the few rides into London (I live just on the outskirts) so far, but maaaaan I am unfit, hah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickjames View Post
    Bought a bike awhile ago despite living onsite and not through C2W, a Carrera Kraken from 2011 for 150. Pretty good on the few rides into London (I live just on the outskirts) so far, but maaaaan I am unfit, hah.
    Managed 1067 miles since 5th of June. 730 on my new bike and the rest on an old bone shaker. Fitness has improved dramaticaly.

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    I've been cycling to work as often as I can over the past few months. It's about 1.5 miles cross country (10 minutes) compared to 3.5 miles on the road in a car (anything between 20 and 30 minutes in morning traffic).

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    Just to remind you that Aldi have the kit in today. I stopped off at ten past eight on the way into work a the Aldi in Deepdale, Preston, and there was already a big huddle around the cycling gear. Got myself a pair of their nice winter gloves and they are a definitely an improvement over the ones they have been selling over the past few years (I've had my old ones for over 5 years and they have been unchanged in all that time!), but they have yet to have the 'real world' day top day tests yet
    If you do buy something please let us all know what you got and how it holds up

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    Popping out at lunch to have a look, how good are the gloves in very cold weather?

    My Aldi Cycle shoes are rubbish. Left foot 'plate' has split
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    Thanks Dos_Box

    There's an Aldi just around the corner from my school. I'll take a look in on the way home today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_G_R2 View Post
    Popping out at lunch to have a look, how good are the gloves in very cold weather?

    My Aldi Cycle shoes are rubbish. Left foot 'plate' has split
    The old gloves have served me well for many years, even when wet they kept my hands nice and warm. But the design was rather basic they looked a little like ladies gloves with no wrist faster:

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    The new ones however seem to be a lot better engineered:

    Cycling to Work-aldi2.png

    Time will tell though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_G_R2 View Post
    ...how good are the gloves in very cold weather?
    I suffer from Reynaud's Phenomenon so a good pair of gloves is essential.
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    Well for the price I may give them a go. In the depths of winter I usualy wear Ski Gloves but they got wrecked in my RTA this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevieM View Post
    I suffer from Reynaud's Phenomenon so a good pair of gloves is essential.
    I don't suffer like that, but my hands really feel the pinch in winter. That's the only part of me that feels the cold. I've tried my snowboarding gloves, Sealskinz mittens, loads of different gloves, but when the temperature drops below, say 3 degrees, my hands sting like nobody's business. I've given up buying new gloves. I read that it's to do with the cold wind blowing away the insulating layer of air, and can be remedied with something windproof (marigolds!) over insulated gloves. Anybody know if this works?
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