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2018-10-11 9:05 AM

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Subject: Bike Shoes...Trainers
Hi All,

When I ride the bike on the trainer, I sweat a lot. I am guessing no more or less than anyone else, but it's a messy ordeal. All of that is no problem, I call it chasing waterfalls and it makes me laugh.

Problem is with my shoes, they end up soaking wet and then in turn, they stink.

What do you folks do to combat this? Or do you just live with it?

Thanks

Steve


2018-10-11 10:03 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Shoes...Trainers
Just prop them up to air out before next ride.

You could also consider taking out the insoles to dry between rides.

Stinky shoes is real.
2018-10-11 10:47 AM
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I read somewhere that you can wash your cycling shoes on the top rack of the dishwasher. I've never tried it myself. Anybody know if that's a real thing or just an internet myth?
2018-10-11 11:18 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Shoes...Trainers
A few years ago my wife bought me a boot dryer from the farm store to put my shoes on--bike, running, weight lifting, etc. They all stunk and were super gross to put on the next day. Now, I just drop them on the boot dryer for a few hours and they are dry and do not smell at all. It looks like two sticks coming out of a base, but there is a slight warm airflow through those sticks and that makes all the difference.

It was pretty cheap, maybe $20-25. You can also get models that will hold multiple pairs of shoes, which I really wish I had now.
2018-10-11 2:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Shoes...Trainers
Originally posted by drfoodlove

A few years ago my wife bought me a boot dryer from the farm store to put my shoes on--bike, running, weight lifting, etc. They all stunk and were super gross to put on the next day. Now, I just drop them on the boot dryer for a few hours and they are dry and do not smell at all. It looks like two sticks coming out of a base, but there is a slight warm airflow through those sticks and that makes all the difference.

It was pretty cheap, maybe $20-25. You can also get models that will hold multiple pairs of shoes, which I really wish I had now.
I have one of these Peet shoe dryers and use it all the time for hunting boots and waders. It is the style mentioned above but Peet also makes this style:

https://www.cabelas.com/product/PEET-DRYER-DEODORIZER/2513662.uts?pr...
2018-10-15 11:24 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Shoes...Trainers

I have been sticking my bike shoes over the ends of my handle bars after my trainer rides.  Hanging them vertical seems to dry them faster than when I was putting them horizontal on the ground or on a shelf.  I also leave the fan that I have blowing on me during the workout running to air out the shoes for an hour or two (longer if needed).  The fan alone would probably do the trick but with them over the ends of the handle bars I don't have to move the fan and they have a lot more air moving around them.  Works great.



2018-10-15 2:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Shoes...Trainers
So,

I put them into dishwasher and they are a world better than they once were. I also plan to keep an eye on the boot/shoe dryers as Black Friday comes closer. A shoe dryer and a direct drive trainer would fit great under the tree.

Thanks for the input,

Steve
2018-10-18 3:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Shoes...Trainers
Update...

The shoes do smell less; however, they have a plastic toe shield that must have been resting against one of the uprights in the dishwasher, it melted in to a divot and makes the shoes unwearable. hahaha

I need to try and poke it out.

Trials of the Tri Life

Steve
2018-10-19 5:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Shoes...Trainers
I have done this and it works.
2018-10-19 5:41 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Shoes...Trainers
I wear a dew rag and a tri top and use a strong fan. I also drape a towel on my handlebars/aerobars and secure it in place so the fan does not blow it away. I find that the tri top spreads the sweat around such that the fan is more efficient at drying. I generally don't get a lot of drips on the floor. I also ride in a basement where it is typically in the mid 60's.
2018-11-16 3:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Shoes...Trainers
As with all my workout clothes (running & cycling shoes, socks, shorts, shirts, gloves and beanie in winter, etc) I put them in front of a box fan in the garage as soon as i'm done so they can immediately start drying. I leave it on while i'm at work and then they're nice and dry when I get home.


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