OK - We all have picked up and collected many great tips and tricks for cycling, weather, preventitive maintenence, etc. but there is ONE THING I am totally clueless about here :
How do you folks dry out sweaty gloves ? I have a great pair of warm (lined) gloves
that get really sweaty on my morning commute (like today in the 97% humidity) and
they remain nice and damp all day long and I am not looking forward to riding home
tonight with cold wet hands (esp. since it is supposed to drop 20+ degrees during the day
who has a good secret on how to dry these things out ? strange as it may sound
my laptop at work generates a lot of heat; and If I arrange the gloves just right
that kind of drys them out...but there's got to be a better way ! anyone ???
thanks in advance
I have used a hair dryer that I keep in my desk at work, one of those small folding ones. A few minutes in each glove seems to do the trick.
it sounds odd, but microwaving them helps. Just be careful putting them back on because you can trap steam in the fingers. Also some synthetics may not stand up well to being microwaved, but it works great on knits. My only other idea would be to have a fan blow warm air into them, which sounds like what you're doing with your laptop.
Do you have a small desktop fan? If you made creative use of pens and/or binder clips to keep the gloves open, you could put them in front of the fan, then turn it to a low setting.
Pull them inside-out and let them air dry. Difficult but not impossible.
I got DryGuy for Christmas. Perfect.
How about those little bags of silica (?) they put in shoe boxes?
I stand them up on the induction unit under the window near my desk.
I stuff newspaper inside, including the fingers. switch them out once or twice for fresh newspapers and you'll notice a considerable difference by your evening commute. If you feel the newspaper after you remove it from the gloves you can feel how much moister it absorbs.
Layers. I use relatively thin liner gloves inside a non-insulated shell. Thin gloves dry quickly, shell doesn't retain moisture. You can also pack extra dry liners for use with the shell.
thanks to everyone for the great ideas suggested. I knew the solution was out there
Glove liners. Use merino wool or bamboo glove liners, which will absorb 90% of the sweat, and will dry out much faster and easier than the heavy gloves themselves.
For about $30 you could actually pick up two pairs at REI, one for the ride to work, one for the ride home.