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    I guess I'm not as smelly the rest of you guys j/k. After a few hard climbing rides I usually need to clean the straps cause they build up salt but I have yet to have a smelly helmet. That aside, I usually take water and dish soap (dawn) and rinse and lather the straps. I suppose if the inside got bad I would just remove the pads and do the same. That being said I do usually get caught in at least one or two good downpours a season so that might take care of some the smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
    I shower with mine about about four or five times a year.
    It keeps clean and has the added bonus of protecting my head in case I slip.

    doing that next time i shower after a couple post ride beers.

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    I just clean it with warm water and sometimes a little bit of soap. If I do not do this, the straps turn white with the dried up salt from my sweat and the helmet will generally start looking disgusting. Even a quick rinse makes a huge difference.

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    When mine seems Gross I Just take it in the shower with me and let it air dry. I live in Phoenix Though so Things Tend To dry quickly even in the Shower LMAO

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    I'm in the shower crowd as well...usually about once a week after my friday night ride.

    Wearing a helmet into the shower always makes me giggle.
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    Strava

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricanfred View Post
    1)Fill bathroom sink with warm water.
    2)Submerge helmet in water.
    3)Open drain to let sweaty water out
    4)Repeat steps 1-3 as needed
    5)Fill sink again with water and add some shampoo
    6)Submerge helmet in soapy water. Work foam pads and straps.
    7)Repeat steps 1-3 to rinse and repeat steps 5-6 if needed
    8)Let it dry overnight and enjoy a clean helmet
    I use a similar process, although with fewer steps and substituting laundry detergent for shampoo. Somewhere between once a week and once a month keeps my helmet generally inoffensive to the nose.
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    +1 on the shower method. Point the interior of the helmet towards the water stream, "paint" the pads and straps with soap, rinse. Hang on faucet, knobs or shower head to dry.

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    Just toss in the washing machine hot cycle cold rinse...

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