Riding in the rain
So today was supposed to warm up from the freezing weather we have been having. Woke this morning to a foggy day but the temp was 38*F. A heat wave after the last few days. So headed out the door and got caught in a small drizzling rain, no big deal it was more a mist than a drizzle. About 10 miles into the ride the skies opened up and down it came. Drenched, soaked to the bone and getting cold. Only thing to do was pedal harder and get home.
Well now here's the problem. Tomorrow it is supposed to be sunny and in the mid 40's so a great day to ride in Jan. but my shoes are soaked. What is the best way to dry them so that I can ride tomorrow? Greatly appreciate the advise.
Get a little table fan.
Next, take out the soles from your shoes.
Stuff some newspapers into the toe box of your shoes.
Place the shoes & soles in front of the fan.
This part is the MOST IMPORTANT:
- Remove the wet newspaper every 15-20 minutes.
- Replace with new, dry newspaper.
- Put shoes back in front of fan.
Shoes will be dry in an hour or two.
And if you're diligent enough about it, they won't smell mildew-y either.
1. Remove insoles.
2. Prop insoles and shoes against wall (heal down)
3. Direct small fan toward shoes.
mkadam68 has the major points covered, although I'd throw in one wrinkle. After a couple of paper stuffing, just leave the shoes empty. Put shoes and insoles in front of the fridge -- the airflow there should dry it out overnight.
Dealing with significant other may be necessary if the refrigerator door hits the shoes when opening. Is this a good night to eat out?!
And get some shoe covers for next time... I tend to leave mine on in the winter. Wet feet are no fun.
Worked great thanks.
Originally Posted by mkadam68
You know I thought about wearing them but rode without this time, lesson learned. But on a side note two of the others (group of 4) had theirs on and had soaked feet as well.
Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
I guess I should always remember if over dressed you can always remove items. Thanks for waking me up.
If you have the time, you can use a blow drier on a warm, not hot, setting and blow air into the shoes. Don't do anything like trying to prop the blow drier up and leaving it unattended though, and don't get the shoes hot to the touch, just warm.
+1 on having two pair of shoes if you can. Shoe covers help, but be aware that they are only water resistant to various degrees. My neoprene LGs are great for blocking wind and keeping your feet warm, but they will only handle drizzles and splashes. In a downpour my shoes still eventually get wet. LG does make a Max H2O version which is probably better at handling the wet stuff.