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    Senior Member Nachoman's Avatar
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    People, is there a reason that some of you don not wash your helmets, socks and gloves?
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    My solution is to use rather cheap helmets. Bell, Schwinn, Walmart stuff - and replace them often. About once/year.
    more cops have been killed by donuts than guns in chicago it is a medical fact ask any doctor.

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    I don't ride as much as many here, so my helmet doesn't really get stinky. But when the straps get all stiff & white from sweat I just scrub them really good with a wet washcloth, sometimes with a dab of clothes soap. Rinse, air dry, and there ya go. The pads I'll just wring out with water every so often.

    I rarely wash my gloves. Funky gloves don't bother me, but stiff straps do . And I definately agree that ride socks must go to the hamper after a ride.
    Last edited by Pidge; 08-08-14 at 01:36 AM.

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    I like spic n span floor cleaner in a bucket, lemony fresh!

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    apocryphal sobriquet J.C. Koto's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
    I like spic n span floor cleaner in a bucket, lemony fresh!
    Yeah, that sounds nice, or Pine-Sol for those who would rather smell like a habitat for woodland creatures.

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    My helmet fits perfectly in my bathroom sink. After each ride, and right before I jump into the shower, I put a little dish-soap and a tablespoon of bleach in the sink and add just enough water to cover the bottom portion of my helmet with the straps soaking below. My helmet will start to float when the proper water level is reached. Then I jump in the shower.

    Always be cautious when dealing with full strength bleach, or even diluted bleach, as it can easily discolor clothing, towels, etc.

    After I have showered, I will drain the sink water, then refill the sink with clean water to rinse the helmet and straps, and I hang the helmet up to drip-dry inside the bathroom stall. Sweet and simple. It has become somewhat of a ritual for me now...the beginning stage of OCD perhaps!
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    Hello All,

    My small company has developed a new system that allows you to safely remove, clean or exchange the neck strap. The product is called InverseClip, and has passed CPSC(Consumer Product Safety Commission) retention requirements. We approached several helmet companies at Interbike 2014, with very positive feedback. Hopefully you'll see this new technology on 2016 production helmets.

    Would this option be important to you when purchasing a helmet in the future?

    Thanks,

    Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Maloney View Post

    My small company has developed a new system that allows you to safely remove, clean or exchange the neck strap.
    Bike helmets are designed with the expectation that they are going to become sweaty, salt encrusted, and be exposed to water, as in rain for example. If your helmet straps are getting too gross for you, then simply rinse the helmet in its entirety in the kitchen sink or someplace similar and let it air dry. IT WILL NOT HURT THE HELMET. All the rest of this discussion with regards to special detergents, Lysol, shampoo, or whatever, is - with all due respect - ridiculous.

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