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7/13/14 10:01 P

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I've used the baggies inside the shoes and the neoprene booties while riding the Northern Tier. We had lots of rain. The baggies worked the best for keeping the rain out as long as I tucked the bag ends into rain pants. Otherwise, rain will get into your shoes. It is dripping down you legs after all.

I use the booties for cold days: they keep my feet warm. I may use both on a very cold rainy day.

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7/10/14 9:20 P

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The C&O was pretty flat but from Cumberland, Maryland to above Frostburg, Maryland (about 24 miles on the GAP) it goes from around 150 feet above sea level to 2,400. It isn't a steep grade (maybe 3% tops), but we had about 30 extra pounds on our bike so it took forever. Of course the riders going down were enjoying the ride, but heard several complaints that to get to the downhill it was a gradual 75 miles uphill out of Pittsburgh.

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7/8/14 12:48 P

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It's certainly on my ever-lengthening bucket list! :-)

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7/8/14 12:44 P

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Thanks, Don! You're awesome! I followed the links you attached, and the two trails look like a lot of fun! It appeared that the highest grade on the Great Allegheny Passage was just over 1%, which really IS nice and flat. I've never been one to want to travel much, but the more I cycle, the more I want to find OTHER places to cycle. Riding these two trails would be a fun way to see more of America. emoticon emoticon

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7/8/14 12:25 P

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This is a cool cross-Pennsylvania/MD/DC route for hikers & cyclists using the old C & O railroad line and Great Allegheny Passage. Nice & flat...but not fully paved.

More info here:

www.atatrail.org/

bikewashington.org/canal/

The two trails connect to allow folks to travel all the way from Washington DC to Pittsburgh, PA.

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7/8/14 9:39 A

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Oh, man, I hate to sound dumb, but what is a "C&O/GAP ride," CAROLBIKER...anyone?

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7/7/14 6:15 P

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A friend and I just did a self contained C&O/GAP ride. We both had clipless shoes and lightweight booties. They did a great job of keeping shoes clean and dry while we were riding. However, one evening we had just arrived at our campground when a really bad storm hit. We were safe and hid in the cement blocked bathroom. However, we still had our shoes on. With puddles galore the water easily went inside our shoes via the clips. Also, the days following a storm and expecting more rain we wore our booties. The C&O particularly had mud/puddles and as such I didn't stay clipped in all the time. Result - the bottoms did get tore up somewhat. If I ever do a ride like this again I would probably go with the sandal option.

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7/7/14 1:34 P

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I don't clip either. I don't do a lot of riding on the road. I don't do commuter riding. All fitness or recreationally motivated. Alaskan trails are a bit rugged and I want to be able to touch down quickly when needed. Since I'm not heading to work, I just let my feet (and the rest of me!) get soaked and warm up when i get home. :) :)

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5/24/14 12:23 P

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Those look pretty cool and similar to Keens, thx for the tip!

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I am one of those hold outs...no clipping for me in any way, shape, size or form...lol!

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5/23/14 6:46 P

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I'm glad to hear some others wear shoes like Keens! I don't wear clipless cycling shoes. I cycle in a pair of shoes similar to Keens, made by Abeo. In a comparison with Keens, I chose the Abeos. I LOVE them. They're an all-terrain, extremely light, foot-friendly shoe. Super comfortable. A bit pricey, but so are clipless shoes. The bottoms have a fairly deep tread, so I have good contact with my particular brand of pedals, and my feet don't slide around. The model I wear is "strappy," so water just runs out...similar to Keens. I even wear them in winter with warm socks.

I've heard many people say that even the shoe covers won't keep your feet completely dry in a downpour, though I can't testify to that. I've heard all the arguments for and against clipless cycling shoes, but, all things considered, I choose not to wear them.

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5/22/14 8:01 P

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I love my Keens:

www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005D4YOJ6/

But mostly I avoid riding in the rain as much as possible...lol!

Don

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5/22/14 3:17 P

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I wear cycling sandals and just let them get wet. My feet sweat even in winter so they are never really dry.

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5/21/14 11:31 P

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Thanks Hillslug- I'll give the baggies a try.

I do have a pair of neoprene booties for cooler weather, which they're great. The only problem is they're a bear to get on & off. Part of the reason (at least for me) is I ride in mtn bike shoes that have lugged soles and they kinda shredded the bottoms of the bootie material. So- I'm gonna give the baggies a go.

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5/21/14 9:53 P

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I have full neoprene booties that zip up the back. As I said, it doesn't rain much here, but they certainly keep my feet warm when it's below freezing. I imagine they'd keep your feet warm even if they got wet.

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I have been thinking about getting some overbooties to put over my cycling shoes. Does anyone have any experience with these, and are they effective in keeping water out?

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When I was an impoverished college student, I used to put sandwich bags over my socks to keep my feet dry. It keeps water out, but it also keeps water in. I live in an area that only gets 8" of precipitation a year, but when I lived in wetter climes, I used to keep a couple sandwich bags in my seat bag, just in case.

Don't use zipper bags. You want the really thin kind you fold closed.

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5/21/14 1:36 P

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Hey all,

Went on a ride this morning and got caught in a down pour. By the time I got home my feet were absolutely SOAKED!! Just wondering if anyone has tried putting bags on their feet or had any other suggestions on keeping the toes dry.

Thanks~ Molly

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