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Article posted: 27/08/2013

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They're right down there in the firing-line, mixing it with the road spray and are often forgotten, whilst the rest of our bodies are cosseted in waterproofs, hats, gloves and overtrousers. But don't forget your feet. Warm, dry, happy feet make a huge difference to your cycling comfort and your general well-being.

Fit proper mudguards and a mudflap

The Mudflap bit is really important. The vast majority of ‘full coverage' guards stop way too short of keeping your feet dry. You can buy aftermarket mud flaps or make your own. Leading German mudguard maker SKS markets the ‘Longboard’ mudguard which extends much further than a standard guard. Whichever you choose, either option will keep your feet completely clear of road spray. If they could talk, your bike's chainrings and bottom bracket would also thank you - ‘cos they'll stay dry too.

Even the finest waterproof shoes won't keep your feet completely dry in a full-on deluge. There's nothing better than changing into warm, dry footwear after your feet get a proper dousing.

Footwear Option #1 - Neoprene/Goretex Overshoes

A good option if you use narrow cycling specific shoes (though there are some models available for use over normal footwear). If you can live with the penguin looks they'll keep your plates of meat warm and dry.

Footwear Option #2 - Waterproof Shoes/Socks

Look for a travel/outdoor type shoe with a Goretex layer. A mid length boot is a good option as it will stop most of the water going down the top of the shoe. You can also get waterproof socks such as Sealskinz which are pretty effective. You'll still get wet shoes, though the feet inside will be dry.

Footwear Option #3 - Always keep dry shoes and socks at work

By far the best option. Even the finest waterproof shoes won't keep your feet completely dry in a full-on deluge. There's nothing better than changing into warm, dry footwear after your feet get a proper dousing.

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