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I would suggest removing them. Studs are only useful for steep hike a bike scenarios on loose dirt or clay (something that the spikes can bite). These were really intended for XC race situations, where some climbs are too steep to ride so you need to throw the XC bike on your shoulder and run like you stole it! In all the tours I have never done, ...


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Unless you plan to do a lot of sprinting up muddy hills to jump barriers, the studs are just extra weight that makes annoying noises when you're walking around. SPD is great for touring since you can easily walk around in the shoes, the studs detract from that without adding much benefit. You can get small "set screws" to fill the holes where the studs ...


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I'd say mount them. The weight is negligible and if you are a person that finds them useful, they'll be there. Make sure you use some LocTite or similar on the threads. If you don't and the rattle out during your trip, you'll wish you had. That being said, I been through a few pairs of MTB shoes and I have never found the studs useful for anything I ...


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Get thick Neoprene cycling shoe covers. I got these last winter after two years of cold feet (pun not intended) and they are wonderfull!


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I've been experimenting with the whole cold/sweat/wool/plastic bag dilemma and I think that I may have found another way to go about it. Yesterday, I put one of those toe warmers that you stick to the toe part of your insole. I put on a pair of medium weight wool socks. My feet sweat like crazy like always but they were pretty warm, even when I'd stop. I ...


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For maximum effectiveness, a vapor barrier should be worn as close to the skin as possible. A vapor barrier works to keep your warm two main ways. The first is that is stops your sweat from carrying heat away from your body (stops evaporative cooling). The second is that because your sweat doesn't move away from you, your insulation stays dry and is more ...


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Any shoes bought for winter (below freezing) cycling should be several sizes larger than a rider's normal shoe size. Stuffing more layers inside a shoe/boot that is a close fit actually makes keeping your feet warm harder since it will tend to restrict circulation. This is a very common mistake. I normally wear a size 44, but my winter sets of ...



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