I recently took my new bicycle on its inaugural ride. Since it was a special occasion, I decided to explore a bit, and mapped a route on roads I’d never been on. I should have done a bit more research, though, as almost exactly halfway through the ride the road disappeared into a 4×4 trail. I hopped off my bike, and began to push, pull and carry it over rocks and through the mud. My feet were soaked, my cycling shoes squished brown water out with every step. But once I got home, I had the perfect solution to get them back to riding shape.
We all know the smell of gym clothes left in a hamper or the back of your car for a bit too long, add spring mud and foot sweat in? Well, that’s not going to be a good thing for anyone. Cycling shoes are often made from a variety of materials, plastic, cloth, leather, rubber, with various paddings and foam throughout. That means if they get funky, they can stay funky. You won’t always have a sunny day to dry them out, So, after I get home and peel my sweaty cycling clothes off to hang dry, I get my Drysure set out of the closet.
First I use a hose to spray the muck and bits of grass off the outside, and out of the inside. Once they are properly soaked, but this time with clear water, I slide a Drysure Active Shoe Dryer into each shoe.
Drysure isn’t some electrical contraption that needs to be plugged in, and you don’t need a sunny day for them to work either. The Drysure uses a well-ventilated foot-shaped shell to house a pouch of absorbent silica beads. You slide the Drysure into your shoe, like a shoe tree, and the silica beads absorb the water from your shoe, without any heat, so that all the materials dry out damage free. It’s much faster than air drying; my shoes dry out in about six hours, so you’ll never have that next-day-ride dampness. And you don’t need a spot in the direct sun, I often use them in my closet, and even the back of my car.
Getting your shoes dry will keep them from smelling, and ward off bacteria and fungus growth. I even use my Drysure on hot days when my shoes are just sweat soaked. The great thing about them, though, is that you can use them over and over again. You just place them in direct sunlight, on top of a heat source like a radiator, or leave the interior bags in the oven on 100 degrees for an hour or two so the beads can “recharge”.
Getting your shoes, with all of their various materials, dry is an important part of maintaining your gear, and your own personal hygiene. Drysure makes that easy and convenient. I leave mine on my shoe rack, ready to go after I return from whatever adventure may have taken me down the perfect “wrong” road.