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Rain riding, mushy socks - ARRRGGH!

Old 08-26-08, 01:36 PM
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Rain riding, mushy socks - ARRRGGH!

Well, what's left of Fay is here and I'm dripping. The only part that bothers me is mushy socks (yes - I insist on wearing socks). I tried rubber-banding plastic bags over the socks, but the top of the bags just acted like funnels. Any better ideas other than H(ing)TFU?
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Neoprene socks? Water resistant shoe covers?
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Screw it....

Face it you are going to get wet when it pours....Nothing beats the squishy foot feeling....
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My Shimano shoes have the breathing hole in the toe so they drain very well when it rains. Try drilling a 1/4" hole near the toe.
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Originally Posted by TSUTexan93 View Post
Try drilling a 1/4" hole near the toe.
While I'm wearing them?
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Just get used to it. There's nothing you can do to keep water from getting in there. Trust me (and anyone else who commutes via bike) on this.
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Originally Posted by CharlieWoo View Post
While I'm wearing them?
No put the shoe on your head first. Then drill the hole.
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When you start your ride, bring an extra bottle and completely flood your feet. You won't even care about the rain.

There's no way to stay dry when it's raining. Just control your temperature, and don't bother trying to stay dry. I never wear any sort of poncho or shell (unless it got below 20F in Denver). For me, everything is breathable, even in the rain.

When you get home, rinse the socks, and roll them in a towel to get the drying started. Cram an entire wadded newspaper into your shoes (one page at a time) and remove after 15 minutes (remove insoles). Hose down the bike.

Walk outside and give the clouds the finger and go tear **** up again tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
When you get home, rinse the socks, and roll them in a towel to get the drying started.
I just throw everything into the wash. Immediately.
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Learning to enjoy the squishy socks feeling is the easiest and cheapest option.
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
I just throw everything into the wash. Immediately.
They'll clean better if you rinse them and get them wrung out. That way they can saturate with detergent/water. Besides, with three kids, the washer doesn't run just for my ride clothes -- I'd be signing up for about 100pcs of laundry duty
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seal Skinz socks

http://www.specialistsocks.co.uk/m10...duct_info.html

They work
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
When you start your ride, bring an extra bottle and completely flood your feet. You won't even care about the rain.

There's no way to stay dry when it's raining. Just control your temperature, and don't bother trying to stay dry. I never wear any sort of poncho or shell (unless it got below 20F in Denver). For me, everything is breathable, even in the rain.

When you get home, rinse the socks, and roll them in a towel to get the drying started. Cram an entire wadded newspaper into your shoes (one page at a time) and remove after 15 minutes (remove insoles). Hose down the bike.

Walk outside and give the clouds the finger and go tear **** up again tomorrow.
I do throw my gloves in the microwave for 2 mins.
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I HATE the squishy feeling, but no real way around it. It's the only thing that bothers me about riding in the rain....

....besides lightning and f'n rooster tails.

+1 the newspaper comment about the shoes. I stuff them right after the ride and then leave them. I'll try removing it after 15 minutes to see if there is a difference, but just leaving it in works really well for me.

...oh F! I just realized I cancelled my subscription to the Tribune. Hmmmm....
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
I HATE the squishy feeling, but no real way around it. It's the only thing that bothers me about riding in the rain....

....besides lightning and f'n rooster tails.

+1 the newspaper comment about the shoes. I stuff them right after the ride and then leave them. I'll try removing it after 15 minutes to see if there is a difference, but just leaving it in works really well for me.

...oh F! I just realized I cancelled my subscription to the Tribune. Hmmmm....
Raid the recycling every few months to stock up a bit.
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I had a history professor who was an avid cyclist. He would do incredibly long rides all the time. One day, I was talking to him about his rides and he had mentioned something about wet socks in the rain. He said he hated the feeling and couldn't figure out a way to fix it. One day, on a rainy ride, he stopped in a fast food restaurant to get some food and dry off a little. After his food he went into the restroom to take care of business. The restroom had one of those hand dryers for after washing your hands. He put two and two together and dried his socks. He wrapped his socks around the opening of the hand dryer and put it on a few cycles and after, his socks were dry and warm. I don't know how practical a solution that is, but I thought it was pretty clever. He was such an awesome professor.
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1) wrap a plastic grocery bag over your shoes
2) put booties on over shoes/bags
3 wrap electric tape around your ankles, where the water would seep in

cha-ching! dry feets for all.

while this works, i'm thinking sealskinz might do the trick.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
...oh F! I just realized I cancelled my subscription to the Tribune. Hmmmm....
Too leftist for you?

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Originally Posted by rbart4506 View Post
Screw it....

Face it you are going to get wet when it pours....Nothing beats the squishy foot feeling....
Kind of like beating your head against the wall...because it feels so good when you stop.

As long as you're warm, squishy socks aren't so bad. It's better than sitting inside wishing you were out on the road, right?

Or you could do what Chipcom does...and wear sandals.

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Originally Posted by CharlieWoo View Post
Well, what's left of Fay is here and I'm dripping. (ing)TFU?
"Here" where? It's pretty much left Florida, heading north-east.
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"Here" where? It's pretty much left Florida, heading north-east.
Hammerland is in, or near, the Carolinas.
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[QUOTE=stapfam;7347850]seal Skinz socks

http://www.specialistsocks.co.uk/m10...duct_info.html

They work[/QUOTE
I second that motion.. You can walk on water and stay dry.. But, if its not cold out, your feet are much too toasty.
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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
1) wrap a plastic grocery bag over your shoes
2) put booties on over shoes/bags
3 wrap electric tape around your ankles, where the water would seep in

cha-ching! dry feets for all.

while this works, i'm thinking sealskinz might do the trick.
Yeah, I just don't see what's wrong with wet feet unless you're looking at 10 hours in the saddle or something.
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