If anyone is looking for a Great Winter Riding Shoe...
I recommend the 2020 SH-XM9 Shimano. I was able to recently find some at $200 and been on a couple of rides. One ride was 11 miles at Willowdale wet and muddy, one ride was a 28 mile MTB Ride.
Order 1 size larger, so you can wear thick socks on Cold Days. They are wide and roomy inside. Easy to tighten down to your foot as tight as you want. Has an elastic strap to hold the laces after you tie them.
I found these to be lite to wear, non-restrictive for foot motion and range. I was able to ride all my regular trails and they felt like regular MTB Shoes.
They got wet a few times and I never felt it inside. I own cold weather shoes too, but only will use those for cold wet days between Zero (0) and 30 degrees and snowing.
These XM9's should be good from 25 to 50 degrees, probably all weather.
Wind will not get through these.
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I have not used these gloves/mitts, and I do not intend to try them but I did feel like the subject of BAR-Mitts needed a word or two.
So, I posted a FB survey of folks that do use these gloves and got back comments from many different people.
Author Michael S: Having NOT USED Bar Mitts, I think Glove-Liners, and a full finger MTB winter Glove is a good alternative to this. It seems an ENDO would result in double broken wrist when your hands get caught in the gloves. Asking because I ENDO on ice recently... I am suspicious about Safety for the same reason I use Flat Pedals instead of clip-ins during ICE and SNOW outings. You go down so fast, you do not have time to clip-out... I have always used (2) pairs of gloves for Winter Riding (Even in Snow Storms) and have always been fine.
Here is the summery for what other folks had to say:
Rob A: I have Bar Mitts and love them for really really cold days. Too warm for anything more than summer gloves.
Kristin P: I use these on my fat bike and love them. I can use a thinner glove below about 28 degrees and no glove above that. I have difficulty with thicker gloves with mobility of fingers. I’ve never had a problem steering or getting my hands out. But fat biking terrain is a little less intense anyway. Recently I got rechargeable heated gloves and absolutely love them. Might be the answer to not needing bar mitts.
Aarne V: I have zero safety concerns using dork mitts. I don't use them often because I find them too warm. My heaviest gloves are comfortable for me to ride in down to around 15 degrees. There is no real comparison to being clipped in and having your hands in these. I just don't tend to find myself riding when I would need them. Other people use them in temps that I find to warm, but it works for them. I guess I wouldn't buy them again, knowing what I know now
Lee H: Great for when it’s below say 20f. No safety issues. Need thin gloves. For me, I only use them below 20f, not that often. They do offer superior warm, inconvenient to use. Always taking my hands in/ out.
Chris B: I use the 45nrth version of them and swear by them. I use my summer weight gloves in them. On a day like yesterday throw a hand warmer packet and they stay toasty. I have never had an issue get my hands out quickly… nor have I had issues with clips release (engaging another story with snow packed)
Crystal G: As someone who said I would never own a frame bag or bar mitts, look at me now 😂. Bar Mitts have made winter riding so much better. I can wear light weight (practically summer weight) gloves and my hands stay toasty even in sub-zero temps (I carry an extra light pair in frame bag in case my hands get sweaty). Shifting and braking is easier than wearing thick cumbersome gloves too. Easy to get in and out too. And for the record, mitts are not typically in the down position shown.
Michael M: I just started using Bar Mitts. Love them. No issues. I wear mid weight gloves. I have to say it's one of the best purchases I've ever maid. Clipless all the time
Chris A: Yes, pogies are quite common. My bar mitts are XL which makes getting in and out easier. I also ride clipless year round. My best advice is to not overthink things that are commonly used by others successfully. That said, I prefer to ride without them when it isn't too cold. If it is cold enough to need them you still need gloves of some kind IMHO.
These are the thickest and toughest gloves you can get for your snow adventures. Either of these glove sets will keep your hands warm and dry. You do lose some dexterity for shifting, breaking does not seem to be an issue. Your hands to seem to leave the bars easier. Could be because I am riding in a live snow storm when using them...
These are the gloves you already own, either half finger or full finger. Glove Liners can easily be used with these types of gloves and give you Superior Wind and Cold Protection.
You also have the diversity of taking off the liners if it is too warm out.
GLOVE LINERS are super thin and get 2 - 3pairs for $20. Will last forever and will be the first thing you grab on the cold windy days.
I have been out riding with these down to 15 degrees. Even after an hour I was not feeling any affect from the cold.
I am not claiming these are the best. This is my first pair, purchased in 2017, I have used them about 30 times.
i expect other simular shoes to be as good as these. I know these are Comfortable and Warm.
Has optional screw in toe studs, have not needed to use them yet. Has deep heel and toe tread for cutting down through the deep snow. Inside is insulated and tight to your foot. It is water proof all the way up to your ankle. Does not have shoe laces, it has the tight-wire system. These shoes come on and off very quickly. Stays dry inside. Minor ride motion restriction. Soft leather construction throughout. Snow-Storm Rated Shoe. Good from Zero (0) Fahrenheit to +35 degrees.
Just like the snow tires on your car.
If you see this Symbol on anything, you know you have Snow Rated Gear.
Honestly... If you are in the Snow and Ice, you should be using FLAT PEDALS.
Ice gets in the cleats, you may not be able to enguage your foot or get it loose when you need to. Ice and muck can easily ruin your ride because you can not clip in.
Using FLATS, you can easily get your foot down when you need to and never worry about ice in your cleats.
Nashbar Brand Cycling Sandals.
These are a MUST for the hottest summer days, and when you maybe in/out of the local lakes or Ocean. Walk right into the water, then get on your bike and go.
Also for those Rides in the Rain instead of soaking wet socks and those squish wet shoes...
This is my second pair. First pair lasted over 15 years.
They are super stiff, almost like a steel plate.
Three adjustment straps, will fit any foot and these feel like regular cycling shoes.
Have been looking for well made and durable bulk purchase riding glasses for a long time.
Would never recommend glasses unless they had good vision, comfortable, do not wrap around your scull like so many others. The nose bridge is wide and strong. The hinges are wide and strong. The ear-rests are soft and will not rub.
Finally, I can say, these are good riding glasses and you should try these...
At $25 for a Box of 8, you should have a supply of eye wear for the next few years.
Colman 100oz Hydro-Pack
($33) has limited space inside, but has bungee outside big enough to hold a jacket. Very light weight, great for a fast road ride.
Look in the camping and fishing isle of any regular department store for these low cost gems. I have seen these Colman hydro-packs in 2 progressively larger sizes, the largest one costing $45.00.
You pay for the name with this one. Medium Capacity for only ($150)... Wow!
This is a back pack that rips easy, is often too small for anything you want to put in it, and does not fit well on the rider. It is very hard to find a large capacity
Camel Bak for under $250.
Plus did I say they rip easy?
The Benkii holds a lot. Very Light, Large Capacity, multiple sections ($45). Holds 100 oz . Even has Side Pockets on the lower straps big enough to hold a phone or camera. Insulated pack will keep your fluid Ice Cold for 4 Hours.
Buy (3) of these or buy (1) much smaller Camel Bak.
Army Surplus Hydro-Pack ($55)
Extra Large capacity.
Very rugged canvas. A separate Hydro pocket keeps everything inside the pack dry. Can adjust to any size person. 3 large storage areas, many smaller pockets. external equipment clips. You can drag this one behind your bike, and it will survive.
Will Hold: (2) Jackets, 100oz bladder, (2) Days of food , (1) extra 32oz bottle of water, (1) change of some bike cloths. Tools, (2) Tubes, Camera, and other stuff.
(Army-Navy Store / Army discount / many different names for the same type of small local store)
Army Surplus Super Hydro-Pack ($65)
This pack is HUGE.
Canvas construction, 200oz internal water storage Many equipment hooks.
(4) huge zippered caverns to store everything you need for bike-packing.
Will Hold: Hammock Tent + accessories , (2) Jackets, (1) full change of cloths, (2) days of food/water (200oz), enough tools for camping and biking. Plus all your other stuff and junk. 30-40 pounds fully loaded + easily carried.
(it is Army issue)
Ya, if you have limited space, and are trying to keep your travel weight down, you want a Hammock Tent. My Hammock Tent weighs in at 4.2 pounds including tree straps, and fly-tarp. Fits in a large back-pack. Bonus: I do not have to carry a sleeping bag or a sleeping pad.
My Lawson Blue Ridge Tent can also lay flat on a ground surface using ground pegs. Others can not. (see other photos of this below)
CON: I expect at some point a Bear is going to bite my Ass.
Can not stress this enough. If you are out on an adventure, there is nothing worse than taking your entire ride plan and tossing it for a 3 hour walk out of the woods. All because a stupid thingy broke.
Having the right tool gets you back on the trail.
This is the Tool Kit I have been using for years. This kit has never failed to get me out of a bad situation. Especially now with the Tubeless Tire Hole Repair kit.
Please notice in my tool kit there are no Multi-Tools. Multi-Tools break easy, do not always fit the job, and do not have enough reach or leverage. The tiny folded chain-tool almost never works.
Having a good Chain Tool is one of the most important items you can have.
Seat Post Bolts are an item I give out to other riders often, almost 1 per year. Go Figure...?
Post bolts usually break from over-tightening, will break after a month of riding.
Special Purpose Tool List:
9/16ths Adjustable Wrench, (also Straightens Rotors)
Rotor Wrench, (sometimes the rotor must come off the wheel to get home)
20 feet Duct Tape wrapped on a pencil,
Spoke Tool, (Also a 1/2" Hex Wrench)
Mini Pliers, (countless uses), tie-wraps and patch glue not shown.
Lighter Explained: I have successfully repaired a sidewall slice on the trail. First by sterilizing the inside of the tire with the lighter and slight melting where the slice was. Then heating up one of the standard Brown/Black tire patches and quickly let them join together. Not sure if that will ever work again...(smiles)
The most overlooked tool in your tool kit. For most people the pump hardly ever gets used. When you go to use it for the first time, you find it has no pressure and will not fill your tire. What went wrong? The parts dried out. Get a good quality pump.
The Bells and Whistles on this one are:
Up to 80 pounds real pressure, will also fill a fat tire, high / low pressure switch, pressure gauge, flexible tube for the inflation, long pump stroke for better pumping, and a foot peg. This Topeak Pump has it all for $45.00. Only fits in tall back-packs.
Holds every Tool you Need.
It was a compact camera case in it's last life.
It is canvas, rugged, zippered, and takes all the bumps and bruises. Tools do not poke through the sides.
Stays quiet when riding and nothing inside rubs.
Room for gloves and a few more tools.
Tool Kit Contents are shown in the above enlarged photo.
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