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Old 07-29-15, 12:29 PM
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Any ideas for drying gloves faster?

My cycling gloves get totally soaked from sweat each time I ride during the heat and humidity of summer. I hang them on a drying rack in my office during the day, but they still aren't dry when I leave for home in the afternoons. My other clothes dry out just fine, including jersey, shorts and socks.

Any suggestions for getting my gloves to dry quicker during the day?
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Old 07-29-15, 12:38 PM
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I have a ski boot dryer that I have also used for gloves. Works great. Basically a small fan + heater with two long nozzles to go in boots or gloves. Plenty of choices out there.
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If any of my gear is still wet from the morning, it feels gross to put on but once I start sweating again I don't notice it. I wash my gloves once a week at least. I don't know if you have any floor vents, but if you do you could get a rack used to dry boots and such and put it over the vent
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Leave them hanging on your bike if locked is a secure area. I actually caught a guy trying to steal my sweaty gloves. He pulled them out of his pocket, gave them back, hopped on his bike, and rode off. Not going to get that much for them, I guess. If I was a bike thief, that would have been one of the low points in my criminal career.
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I miss the old VDT monitors. They were great for drying anything that wasn't literally dripping.

Best way I've found is to (a) wring them out when the morning commute is over, and (b) hang them separately, palm side out, on clips on the cube walls.

I'd like to hear of something better, though.
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Stuff them with newspaper. It will absorb the moisture.

I've done it wet shoes and it works pretty well. If they're really wet you may have to change the paper during the day.
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Old 07-29-15, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Cyclosaurus View Post
I have a ski boot dryer that I have also used for gloves. Works great. Basically a small fan + heater with two long nozzles to go in boots or gloves. Plenty of choices out there.
I mostly don't wear gloves during the summer, so no problems with them there.

The boot dryer is helpful in the winter, for those heavier winter ski gloves... and RAIN
Mine is a cheap one without a fan. It gets them dry by the next day.
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Old 07-29-15, 01:32 PM
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The air coming from an AC system will have a relatively low humidity level, and will dry things quickly if hung in front of a vent.
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Old 07-29-15, 01:38 PM
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buy a 2nd set and alternate
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When I do wear gloves to work -- which is rare -- I'll leave them attached to my helmet straps outside in the sun, which helps them dry off nicely by the time I leave. If it rains unexpectedly, then they get washed.
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Oh, also, how is your bike security? Sunshine?

I hang my sweatband on the bike somewhere, and it usually dries within about 15 minutes. Perhaps hang your gloves over the brake hoods.... outside.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
buy a 2nd set and alternate
That was my thought as well.

Also, rinse them in fresh hot water to get the salt out; they will last much longer...
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My bike is parked in the shade, so no sunlight to help with drying. Plus, I'm afraid the gloves might get stolen if left on the bike all day. Might try stuffing them with paper to see if that helps. I do have spare gloves that I could carry, which is worth considering.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
My bike is parked in the shade, so no sunlight to help with drying. Plus, I'm afraid the gloves might get stolen if left on the bike all day. Might try stuffing them with paper to see if that helps. I do have spare gloves that I could carry, which is worth considering.
Ewww...

Who is going to steal sweaty bike gloves??

Rather than carrying a spare, you could leave a spare set in the office, and rotate pairs.

Maybe find a peg you can hang them up on while in the office.
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Old 07-29-15, 03:17 PM
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Get a small fan to blow on wet things... or don't, but work longer hours.
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I use a small fan for all of my sweaty gear. It all dries quickly with the fan blowing on it.
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Get a small fan to blow on wet things... or don't, but work longer hours.
OP this might be your best bet. Cheaper than doubling your wardrobe and doesn't require that you leave your stuff outside or on a vent.
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On hot ride days I purposely soak (and then wring out) my gloves because it makes my hands feel cooler when moving along. Frequent soaking and wringing also gets rid of the salt they collect, so I can wipe my eyes without getting salt in them.
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Don't much like the feeling either but I've gotten use to it. My rationalization for tolerating the dampness is that they would be damp anyway within a few miles.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Ewww...

Who is going to steal sweaty bike gloves??
Check out post #4...
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Most offices feature a co-worker who like to vent about his or her life, sports, politics, religion or the way the company is run. And they are usually FULL of hot air. Ask him or her to hold on to your wet gear. This will cause additional venting, but when they are through, your gloves and gear should be dry.
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Most offices feature a co-worker who like to vent about his or her life, sports, politics, religion or the way the company is run. And they are usually FULL of hot air. Ask him or her to hold on to your wet gear. This will cause additional venting, but when they are through, your gloves and gear should be dry.
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I use a small desk fan to dry my gloves. Works really well.
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
Stuff them with newspaper. It will absorb the moisture.

I've done it wet shoes and it works pretty well. If they're really wet you may have to change the paper during the day.
This works very well for me. Even if my gloves have been soaked through in the morning, they are dry by the time I leave. Put them in front of a fan or vent, and it will speed the process up, but newspaper will actually pull the moisture out of the material.
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Flippi V6

Well, we need to refer to "fans" properly. According to the folks at that link above, they are now called "circulators". That fan is tiny.

Anyway, this is a small desk fan available at Target, etc. It is near silent, but blows enough to dry a pair of bike gloves. Be sure to prop the glove open so it dries from the inside also.
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