Biking, whether you're crushing miles on your road bike, dirt trails on your mountain bike, or cruising on a motorbike, is an aerobic endeavor. No matter the weather, biking causes cyclists to sweat, and sweaty gear is wet, smelly, and uncomfortable. As a fully adjustable and customizable year-round gear drying machine, the GearDryer can be perfectly adapted to keep two entire bike kits fresh and dry for your next ride. This is especially the case in wetter climates like the Pacific Northwest or New England, when riding in damp weather is the norm. If you bike often or live in a damp climate, GearDryer is the perfect answer to the continual issue of storing wet and smelly gear.
Below are a few tips for how we like to customize the Freestanding 12 GearDryer with it's adjustable ports to dry two biking kits. Take a look at the photo below for the best configuration to dry road bike, mountain bike, or dirt biking equipment. Depending on what items of gear you frequently use, you can switch the various ports around to customize the GearDryer to suit your needs. Twelve ports may seem like overkill, but if you have two or even one sports enthusiasts in your home, you'll soon discover that GearDryer is great for storing and drying all your equipment.
How to Dry Bike Shoes With the GearDryer Freestanding 12
The truth of the matter is: feet sweat. In turn, a warm moist environment (like your bike shoes or moto boots) creates the perfect habitat for bacteria and their resulting stink. Each of your feet contain some 250,000 sweat glands! Because shoes don't permit your feet to ventilate, the warm breeding ground they create for bacteria can result in a seriously nasty smell. The solution is to remove the moisture with GearDryer.
As soon as you finish a ride, attach the 45-degree fitting directly to the Freestanding 12 GearDryer unit and then attach the straight section. This creates the perfect 45-degree angle to accomodate your bike shoes. Ensure that the GearDryer port isn't blocked in the shoe's toebox to generate good air flow. The soles of the shoes should be facing upward. The same principle applies for shoe covers used by road bikers or bike commuters, check to make sure the port is not blocked by any material or fabric to ensure proper ventilation. Dirt bikers may opt to attach two long sections of piping together to dry tall boots or padded pants.
How to Dry Bike Gloves and Pads With the GearDryer Freestanding 12
Hands may well be just as sweaty as feet, so drying out your biking gloves between rides means fewer trips to the laundry room. The adjustability of the GearDryer ports is also helpful for drying dirt biking or moto pads and protective gear. To dry gloves, simply attach a straight section to a GearDryer port and remove the 45-degree fitting. For downhill mountain biking pads or moto pads, mix and match the GearDryer parts with the aim of maximizing airflow through the gear and directed towards moist or damp padding and foam.
How to Dry Bike Helmets With the GearDryer Freestanding 12
Helmets are another crucial piece of a biker's equipment arsenal that are prone to sweat collection. To prevent a stinky helmet, you'll want to position the GearDryer attachments to dry any foam or padding inside your helmet. This works especially well for drying full face and motocross helmets. The unpleasant sensation of pulling a moist or stinky full face helmet over your head is one we'd all like to avoid; the GearDryer is the perfect storage and drying solution.
For standard road and mountain bike helmets, you'll want the straight section topped by the 45-degree fitting. Perch the helmet atop two ports and aim the airflow towards any padding. You can also use the soles of your bike shoes to prop your helmet in an upright position.
Full face and moto helmets will dry best with the action of 4 GearDryer ports. We've found it's best to remove all fittings and position the helmet over the open ports, directly atop the metal surface. (See the image above for reference.)
If you are a moto or dirt biker and want to dry sweat and moisture that has collected in your goggles, take a peek at our blog post on tips for drying ski and snowboard goggles since the same principles apply: click here.
You can also use the GearDryer to freshen up your rubber or flexible plastic hydration bladder. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, no doubt you have a hydration bladder and you've forgotten to empty and dry it out after a ride, run, or hike. The GearDryer prevents your hydration bladder from becoming moldy, musty, funky tasting, and just downright nasty! To enjoy fresh-tasting water, simply remove the cap and place the hydration bladder on a port so that the airflow isn't blocked.
Bottom line, the aerobic demands of biking mean your gear will inevitably become sweaty and wet. GearDryer offers a solution for those who want to keep their gear fresh with the added bonus of convenient storage. Never forget your bike shoes, helmet, or gloves again because everything you need will be waiting for your next ride on your GearDryer.