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I know that a lot of people use leaf blowers to dry their bikes, and I may still go that route, but I am considering a heated dryer that I can use on both my bike and my Golden Retriever.

The Air Blaster has been around for a long time, but I am considering the "Air Shammy." Does anyone have experience with this company?
 

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Thanks for your concern. I do not think the heat is very high, and it can be turned off too. The Airforce brand actually markets theirs for pet dryers as well as a motorcycle dryer.

But I do appreciate the comment. I would not do anything that would hurt my girl. She's 8 1/2, and is recovering from a nasty bout with Lymes and Anaplasmosis right now. I hope to get a clean bill of health from the vet later today when results from the bloodwork come back.

Dog Dog breed Carnivore Companion dog Fawn
 

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I only wash my dog every few weeks. She gets stinky from swimming in a pond at doggy day camp! I don't wash my bike much either, but when I do I'd like an easier way to dry it, especially the areas you can't get very well with towels. As far as water getting into electrical, that's pretty unlikely. Bikes are made so they can be ridden in the rain and are waterproofed. These dryers are not strong enough to blow water past seals and o-rings.

As far as the shop vac - I have one where the top comes off and acts as a blower, but it's not very effective as a bike dryer. I used someone's portable Airforce Sidekick at the MAM and it did a fairly nice job. No water spots. That's what got me on this kick.

My golden retriever actually likes the hair dryer on it's lowest setting, but that's not very effective. Her long thick hair takes hours to dry. Maybe I'll just get the dryer without heat, or not use the heat.

So, I guess nobody has any experience with this company... (so far)

EDIT: - OK, it's not really heated air - "Remember that you are drying water on a painted surface. An excessive amount of heat will not be a good thing for your expensive paint. The heat we gain comes only from the electric motor as the air passes over the motor before exiting the blower tube and nozzle. We do not use an auxiliary heater since this could cause the paint to bubble and damage. The 25 degree increase of air is from ambient temperature. If you are drying in the winter in 40F temperature, then you can expect about 65F coming out of the nozzle. Please allow 5 or so minutes for the motor to heat up and warm the air."
 

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After I wash my bike I use my air compressor to remove most of the water from the bike.
Same here! My Air compressor does a great job.
An air compressor has a couple of issues:

  • Unless you have filters and dryers on the line, it can spray moisture, dirt, and oil
  • The pressure is high enough to damage paint and force water into places that it is not supposed to go
 
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