Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes: 1984 Trek 520; 1990s Peugeot (Canadian-made) rigid mountain bike; 2007 Bike Friday NWT; misc others
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Wicking, my ass, or, "waiting for my shorts to dry".
("Waiting for My Shorts to Dry", is a book of poetry for kids, but this thread isn't about that.)
So I decided to save time by hopping in the shower at work in my cycling underwear, washing it out, and hanging it to dry, and later wearing it home. I figure those synthetic fabrics dry easily, and if it was still damp at the end of the day, I could use the hand-dryer to finish it off. I did that once when my shirt got soaked in the rain and it worked well.
So 6 pm comes and the shorts seem to be about as wet as they were in the morning. Ten minutes of blow drying has zero effect. So I bike home in regular underwear. Next evening at the office, the shorts are still damp!
Isn't this fabric supposed to wick moisture away from you and let it evaporate? What happened?