Boots are one of those things as a cyclist you don't think toooo much about unless your in the great white north. Hell DC doesn't really count. I'm talking PA and north of there.
But hell DC gets cold and so do my poor little feet. Between dumb stuff like sledding in socks and other things my feet are a bit cold sensitive. Call it a 3 out of 5 with 5 being the worst. My hands are probably a 4.
Well my Lake boots have their issues. A snapped cable since last spring. One boots neoprene has holes. The soles/sewing of them are showing signs of failure a bit also. I also need to re-wax them for water proofness. And finally they really don't keep my feet all that toasty even with a heavy wool treking sock. Plenty of room in them for sure as size 48, maybe too much. They've served me well over the last 4 years. And I got them for $160 bucks. Not too shabby. Last night I finally did replace the broken BOA lace. It wasn't easy but it really wasn't bad. I have enough spare cable that if I wanted I could redo the otherside. However that won't be necessary for now.
Why you ask?
I finally got a pair of these:
Wow. That about sums up these boots on first inspection. In fact I will post some pictures of them in detail later to flickr. It's uh never mind. Very well made. Seams are well sown. Sole is well attached. The zipper on the outer shell is heavy duty and Velcro's into place. The laces inside are strong as hell the cincher is well made also and holds the laces tight. Very comfortable on the foot, the faux fur interior is nice. No pressure points when pulled VERY tight lacing. Even walking around was pretty comfortable. Hell with a pair of gators they would make fine snow boots for shoveling or just getting around. Based on the over all quality and everything I can see these boots lasting 5+ years, which makes their $325 price tag less oppressive. This is the 2nd most expensive pair of shoes I've even owned. Right behind my 5+ year old pair of Sidi's.
Tonight I mount the cleats and get them adjusted. Can't wait to ride in em. Toasty toes, here I come!
The running disease continues, did 2.7'ish in 25 minutes last night. Going to start pushing to 4 miles soon. Maybe Sunday, if I don't ride.
Spent a while cleaning the MTB last night tonight I pick some lube and give the chain a good cleaning. But I may also shorten the chain as it's still the old length for supporting the triple rings up front.