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Old 08-21-06, 11:19 PM   #1
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Dry Warm Clothes during Fall/WInter Commute??

Ok I been pretty good about commuting to work this summer. So far I have 700 miles put on my bike in commutes to my work. It is about 32 miles round trip. I just got in shap enough to do more than 1 to 2 times a week. I will try to commute as much as i can as colder weather comes in nebraska.

So here is my question. As of now I have a temporary locker in the gym to keep my biking clothes as I change into my work clothes that I BackPack in. I notice that my DRY FIT clothes are not so dry when I put them back on for the commute home.

Usually they are still a little sweaty an Damp. As of now I can live with it because of the 80 to 100 degree temps. As winter nears I see problems with this approach. So what type of clothes do people buy ? I am using bike pants and running DRY FIT shirts but they all seem a little cold an damp when I go back home. This will not cut it when I must have really warm gear for my commute home during cold periods.


Do bikers usually take 2 sets of biking gear with them ? Is there a way to keep your original gear really dry an warm ???

Thanks an any insight would be great.

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Old 08-22-06, 07:24 AM   #2
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i have this problem too, dry clothes in but wet damp clothes out. i wont be able to tell you what kind of clothing to buy for the winter because im going to be new to that this year as well. but one of my ideas was to keep a couple pairs of unused clothes at work and just rotate them. wear dry in, use a dry one out and carry the wet ones to wash at home. if you end up getting new gear let us know what you got and think.
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I will, I am thinking something multi layers,

I will. I am thinking of putting some bike containers on my bike to carry more cloths. I have a back pack but it is loaded up with stuff.

So I might plan on loading my bike with 2 sets of stuff. Wet Cloths go in old bag an new dry cloths go on. It i bad I have to have 2 pairs of cloths but so far that is all i have come up worth.

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A couple of suggestions:
1. A locker is a really poor place to dry clothes. I hang mine in my cubicle and most days they are dry for the return trip.
2. When it cooler (and dry) you won't sweat as much and your clothes should not be as damp. I find during the winter my clothes are only wet after a drying period if it was raining.
3. Wool will be warmer when wet than synthetics. It will still be uncomfortable to put on but will warm up quickly.
4. Your base layer is probably going to be your only problem in the winter so you can just carry an extra set of shorts and base layer t-shirt.
Good luck and congratulations on becoming a winter commuter.
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Do you have a computer at your desk? You can dry anything on that. A big monitor puts out alot of heat and will dry stuff well to. This winter I'm going to bring a small fan to put under the desk and help dry the things haning around the back of the computer.

In the winter I bring (or keep at work depending on how the weather has been) a spare base layer for the return journey. I like to get my hat, face covering, helmet, gloves, and socks completely dry, but always have at least one extra pair of socks (lots of years hiking and those habits die hard). Sock liners will make wet shoes much more bearable.

As for the other layers, synthetics dry quicker, and wool will still keep you warm when wet.
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Old 08-28-06, 01:40 PM   #6
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Sock Liners?

Bike2math,

Can you provide an example of sock liners? The Maker and possibly the name they call their sock liner. I would like to Google it so that I can see what they look like and find a desent price. Probably a dumb question but do they go over or under the sock.
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I got mine from REI: silk sock liners
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