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Old 09-29-05, 05:20 PM   #1
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How do you dry out when you get to work?

I had a great ride home this morning after the night shift. I go caught in the rain as I expected. It poured steadily and beautifully the whole way home.

Of course, after 90 minutes, my feet were absolutely soaked. I have a nice set of Nashbar neoprene booties, but after that much rain, even they couldn't hold it off. By the time I got home, my socks were soaked and squishy. No biggie. The rest of my clothes dry quickly, but drying out the socks would take forever.
If I ride to work, how do I dry out my socks etc? I suppose I could just hang them up near a heater or something, and hope that 8 hrs later they'll be dry.

Is there a way to waterproof your booties? Any ideas, without having to buy gore-tex, or putting bags on my feet?

Maybe if I soak them with some of that waterproofing spray for shoes, etc?
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Old 09-29-05, 05:30 PM   #2
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I always wear goretex socks (sealskinz) over wool if it might rain. So when i get to work, my socks are dry.

Only options i can see if you dont want to go that route is:

-know they will get wet and wear faster drying material.
-carry extra set
-get a better bootie. Neoprene are not near as waterproof as some others.
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Is there a way to waterproof your booties? Any ideas, without having to buy gore-tex, or putting bags on my feet?
I just bring an extra pair of socks if it's going to rain or snow, no big deal.
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Old 09-29-05, 07:44 PM   #4
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The problem with most if not all booties is not the lack of waterproofness (neoprene is perfectly waterproof anyway), but the top. Water spatters up against your shins from the front wheel and that water runs down into the booties from the top. The best solution for that would be to have pants that go over the booties' top, or at least a sort of tube made from nylon that cover your shins and hang over the booty top so that spatter water can run down on the outside.
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Keep some spare socks in your desk draw.
Older computer screens generate a lot of heat which can be used to dry socks.
I am looking for some winter cycling boots (for wet, not sub-zero conditions) which are waterproof so you dont have to add booties or sealskins and have a fairly high, unpadded ankle. Most lightweight hiking boots have padding which makes it more difficult to fit overpants around the boot.
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Keep some spare socks in your desk draw.
Older computer screens generate a lot of heat which can be used to dry socks.
I am looking for some winter cycling boots (for wet, not sub-zero conditions) which are waterproof so you dont have to add booties or sealskins and have a fairly high, unpadded ankle. Most lightweight hiking boots have padding which makes it more difficult to fit overpants around the boot.
And modern computers generate a lot heat themselves. I lay my damp stuff on a non-functioning computer (as a sort of rack) and align my little "personal fan" so that the heat from the back of the working computer is fanned at the clothes. Stuff is dry in no time!

I was hoping to get some GoreTex socks with my latest order from Performance but they were sold out of my size. I need to see if my road booties will fit over my MTB/hiker style SPD shoes.
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I vote for the extra pair of socks. My worst problem is drying the shoes. The newspaper/paper towel stuffed inside helps if I remember to change it, but even that doesn't dry it out on really wet days. The air just gets too damp even inside to dry anything. On those days even my jersey and gloves are usually still wet for the ride home.
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I had a great ride home this morning after the night shift. I go caught in the rain as I expected. It poured steadily and beautifully the whole way home.

If I ride to work, how do I dry out my socks etc? I suppose I could just hang them up near a heater or something, and hope that 8 hrs later they'll be dry.
I bring an extra pair of socks and keep a dry pair of shoes at work. Sort of like keeping a spare tube handy, I can just swap a fresh one and patch the bad one at home.
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extra pair of socks. I actually have several complete sets of clothing in my desk drawer.

Also CRT monitors dry out clothes well. They keep trying to put an LCD panel monitor on my desk, and I keep stopping them.
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Dayum...

I am soooo fortunate to have a Locker room and a Washer/Dryer at work.

I will not take for granite what we have at our work place ever again.

I would vote for bringing extra socks.... Course I have tons of extra clothes at work!
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If you don't mind sacrificing the toe clips for one trip, you could wear waterproof six-inch hiking boots as your bike shoes. Get rain pants long enough to cover the tops of the boots, and you will shed the water. It's what I do, and it works. The cost is about $25 for the boots and the extra work of pedaling while wearing them. In a heavy rain I get a little water intrusion at the seams of the boots (could be fixed by application of seam waterproofing stuff), and of course the feet sweat a bit in truly waterPROOF boots, at the tops where they grip the ankles. But the socks and feet remain basically dry for the 40-50 minute trip.
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