Saturday, December 10, 2011

Toasty Tootsie Toes

I see it's been over a month since my last entry. Well, since then I've been able to get more into a regular winter riding regimen as the mercury begins to plummet. Besides picking up one of the Gore jackets I reviewed in the last post, I nabbed some great new winter cycling shoes about a week ago, the Northwave Celsius Artic GTX. These things ROCK! So far, I've been able to ride for over 2 hours in sub-freezing temps, with wind chills in the low teens...and my toes were still feeling nice and toasty. The only negative I could find was that the cuffs are a wee bit on the low side. With my spider-legs, the bottom of my tights just barely reach to my ankles. So with these boots, I have to relie on the length and thickness of my Smartwool PhD socks to keep that inch or so of lower calf muscle protected from the chilly air. So far though, I haven't even noticed it enough for it to be a real concern. I've been able to get in 40 mile rides, and I still have a pair of chemical heat packets stored in my saddle bag for emergencies.


  1. Hi Mark - I'm just discovering your blog, since it was mentioned in your Christmas letter. Glad to have access to it - and I looked back at your 2010 entries. Did you ever get a winner for the "what are the handlebar windshields made of?" Well, blimey - it looks like they come from plastic milk cartons (can't tell if they're the half gallon or gallon size). I rode today - it was a gorgeous day here in Chicago! Judi

    1. Hi Judi! Please excuse my late reply, but I am happy to say that YOU had the winning answer! Now, the next time I get a couple extra milk jugs (yes, they are half-gallon) to put into production, I will let you know when yours are complete and ready for installation ;)
      Thank you for the New Years greeting card! I will be emailing you shortly to let you know about plans for the record attempt. Thank you so much for your interest to help out.