Oversocks for winter biking
November 1, 2008
I got advice to try oversocks for winter-biking-with-cleats from two independent sock sources, so I did, and they worked great. I promptly (more) holes in the bottom, then saw someone at a party with socks reinforced with some weird plasticky goop.Turns out, the plastic goop is tool-handle plastic, available from hardware stores. The socks I use for oversock purposes are made of stretch polarfleece, available from foxwear.net. The polarfleece will not unravel from where you cut holes for your cleat.
To make the socks last longer, you need to reinforce the bottom. For that, you use Plasti Dip
Take your bike shoes, and stick them inside some sort of plastic bag to protect them from the goop (I used newspaper bags). Then put the socks on over the shoes, and pull them tight against the bottom. Pour the plasti dip into a pan you don’t care much about,
and smear it all over the bottom of the shoes. Hang the shoes to drip/dry someplace you won’t mind the smell:
(Re)cut holes in the bottom for your cleats after they are dry.
I’ve tried the neoprene thingies that are supposed to go on over your shoes, and these are cheap, and for me, worked better. It may be that my feet are too large for standard-sized neoprene covers.