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    The stinky cyclist.

    How do you keep from offending nasal passages everywhere when you go out in public after a long day of pedal pushing?

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    I shower.

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    Provided you don't have access to a shower.


    (duh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    I shower.

    hah hahahaha !

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    Quote Originally Posted by electricwookie
    How do you keep from offending nasal passages everywhere when you go out in public after a long day of pedal pushing?
    Use anti-perspirant, NOT deodorant. The former will keep you from getting overly smelly while the latter just tries to cover up odour. Use it under arms, behind knees and on your feet. Using antiperspirant on feet is also a trick for arctic survival. Keeps you feet from sweating up layers of thermal socks and boots, ultimately helping to prevent hypothermia. (dumb trivia for ya'

    Bring "baby wipes." Pack about a dozen to a ziplock bag and carry a couple or three bags. (that's kinda overkill but you never know when they'll come in handy.)

    If you're camping, make sure you have a complete change of clothes and make washing the dirty set your #1 priority - before doing anything else - so they can dry while you're working on dinner.

    I guess that seems self-explanatory. :\ You asked though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by electricwookie
    Provided you don't have access to a shower.


    (duh)

    Well, you can find showers in campgrounds, swimming pools, truck stops, hostels, and various places so most of the time, you will likely have access to a shower.

    If it happens that you don't, you can always take a dip in the ocean, or a river, stream, or lake.

    Or use baby wipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electricwookie
    Provided you don't have access to a shower.


    (duh)
    Well, as usual I have about 10 different things to say, some of which are contradictory. To some extent I don't CARE if i smell too much; i figure if someone doesn't want my business, they can tell me to get my smelly ass out of their establishment. Second, my size 14 feet reek to high heaven even when i am not riding, thats just part of me.

    On a more serious note...It usually is pretty easy to rinse off my face, arms, and upper body SOMEPLACE before I go into a store or cafe to buy or eat. On the days when it is hottest and sticky, like last week here on the east coast, I carry a towel within easy reach. You can always slip on a fresh cycling jersey as well. I shave my head so that I don't have a huge mop of sweaty hair to deal with.

    I tend to go into pretty rednecky places anyway...ya got guys in there whose jeans are covered ass to teakettle with machine oil and have guts hanging out with distended navels filled with gnurr. So I kind of blend in.


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    I plan my tours and am pretty darn sure the camp ground with shower is where I will end up. If not, I would have to use baby wipes. well, hikers on many a Mountain hike only have this to resort to. I would be really aggravated if I had to smell all night. Probably would not sleep in my tent..You might see me atop a picnic table or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by af895
    Use anti-perspirant, NOT deodorant. The former will keep you from getting overly smelly while the latter just tries to cover up odour. Use it under arms, behind knees and on your feet.
    I've got to disagree with that. Anti-prespirant hinders the body's normal functions, especially when trying to cool you off. Instead, along with your legs, shave your pits and use all-natural deodorants such as Omega Nutrition's. Along with your healthy diet, you won't smell.

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    Here ... this subject has been discussed in great detail before. You might get some hints from this thread:

    Long Distance Biking Hygiene

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    Stench is largely a product of what you put in your body.
    Eat good stuff, no meat or other chemical /steriod laden crap
    and you wont stink. Also a little vial of Wintergreen alcohol
    which you can use for flat repairs too can be used to freshen
    up in a restroom wipe down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    Well, you can find showers in campgrounds, swimming pools, truck stops, hostels, and various places so most of the time, you will likely have access to a shower.

    If it happens that you don't, you can always take a dip in the ocean, or a river, stream, or lake.

    Or use baby wipes.
    I agree with all those options. Although not a big fan of the baby wipes. Just cause I hate the smell. I have always had some kind of access to water. So in the worst case I have just gone out in the forrest with some bio soap and my water bottles and that worked for me.

    MBD

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    Quote Originally Posted by mntbikedude
    I agree with all those options. Although not a big fan of the baby wipes. Just cause I hate the smell. I have always had some kind of access to water. So in the worst case I have just gone out in the forrest with some bio soap and my water bottles and that worked for me.

    MBD
    You're right. A person can usually access water somewhere ... sometimes you've got to be a bit creative about it though. For example, if you are riding near beaches (ocean or lake), you can wade right into the ocean or lake with all your cycling gear on and splash around for a while ... even without soap. And then, quite often beaches have those outdoor showers to wash the sand off before people get into their cars. Those are great ... have a little shower! Sometimes there are change rooms near beaches too, and sometimes those also have showers.

    Often parks have taps or pumps here and there. I've used them to do a sort of 'bird bath' shower. I've even climbed into a sink in a kitchen area in a park and had a bit of a bath a few times, especially on hot days. Those park sinks are about twice the size of a normal kitchen one and you can sort of half sit in them, or on the edge and wash.

    And as I mentioned, truck stops are great ... they've got everything you need there!

    You've just got to look around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    You're right. A person can usually access water somewhere ... sometimes you've got to be a bit creative about it though. For example, if you are riding near beaches (ocean or lake), you can wade right into the ocean or lake with all your cycling gear on and splash around for a while ... even without soap. And then, quite often beaches have those outdoor showers to wash the sand off before people get into their cars. Those are great ... have a little shower! Sometimes there are change rooms near beaches too, and sometimes those also have showers.

    Often parks have taps or pumps here and there. I've used them to do a sort of 'bird bath' shower. I've even climbed into a sink in a kitchen area in a park and had a bit of a bath a few times, especially on hot days. Those park sinks are about twice the size of a normal kitchen one and you can sort of half sit in them, or on the edge and wash.

    And as I mentioned, truck stops are great ... they've got everything you need there!

    You've just got to look around.

    haha I like the way you think. It reminded me of a couple of showers on my last tour. It was this beautifull day at cannon beach in Oregon. I could'nt resist and did the bay watch run into the water jersey being thrown off at some point of the run. It felt great one of the few times on the Oregon Coast that it truly was warm enough to swim. The other three riders played it safe and missed it. Now they looked at me saying so no whatcha going to do to get the salt water rinsed off. Well I just went to a beach house and asked if I could use the hose. And the rest is history.

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    I use a deodorant/anti-persperant. Right Guard works wonders for me, and so does Degree. If I use Degree, I usually pick a powder scent, which works well.

    Otherwise, baby wipes do a lot of the trick. You can carry travel packs that weigh next than nothing and fit in your saddle bag.

    Koffee

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    Using anti-perspirants is not harmful or "disruptive" in any way.
    You just sweat slightly more everywhere else to compensate.

    Generally, feet don't smell much as long as the shoes are on.
    If you wear open sandals, it's a different matter, but that probably also means your feet aren't very sweaty to begin with, as they're ventilated and cooled much better.
    Feet are also easy to wash off as long as you can find water somewhere.
    A stream, a lake, or the ocean. If none of those are available, any toilet will do, as long as it's got a wash basin with water.

    For armpits (the only other place that smells, normally), use a proper anti-perspirant (with aluminium chloride or related compounds, and preferrably alcohol) and make sure you're clean and dry when you put it on. Also make sure it's dry before you get sweaty.

    Fresh, clean sweat does not smell bad, and what you eat has nothing to do with how it smells, with the exception of a few cases where substances ingested are passed out of your body along with the sweat. Garlic is one such thing, IIRC, but garlic is so foul-smelling that sweat is (or should be!) less of a worry if you're around people.

    If you wash and apply anti-perspirant before you engage in sweat-inducing activities, you won't smell afterwards. At least I don't. My family and friends have confirmed that to me.

    I should also add that it's impossible to cover a bad smell with a good one.
    Lesser noses might think it's possible, but it's not!
    If you smell bad, dousing yourself with perfume will only make you smell worse!

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    Stench is largely a product of what you put in your body.
    Eat good stuff, no meat or other chemical /steriod laden crap
    and you wont stink.
    Pardon my skepticism.
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    Make yourself a solar shower with a 2 qt. Juice conatiner and an extra cap.
    Paint the container flat black, drill out the extra cap with some small holes, hold over your head and you will feel great. Use Doctor Broners soap, its bio degradeable. Forget that chemical glue stuff under the arms... yuucck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
    Pardon my skepticism.
    You should be skeptical since body odor is caused by the bacteria that live on our skin. A warm and moist armpit is perfect breeding ground for them.

    Using an antiperspirant will hardly affect the body's ability to cool itself since armpits have a small surface area and there is usually little airflow (that's why they are so moist and warm!).

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    What stinks most after a sweaty ride (I am an expert, being a sweat machine) is your clothes. After a ride, wait to stop sweating, change your shirt, use deodorant or anti-persperant, slap shorts on over your bike shorts, and you should be good for most occasions. You won't be fresh enough to try to put the moves on that cute ride partner, but for people farther than one foot away, you will be OK.

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    I heart skinky cyclists! I think anti-perspirants are not very good for you.
    Higher ground for the apocalypse!

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    i used anti-perspirant for a few months on my armpits. developed a 20-30 gram cyst/growth over the course of just a few days. doctor said i should stop using anti-perspirant. cyst/growth went away. now if only i could say the same thing about the malignant tumor i had in my neck....
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    Baby wipes.
    You can buy little travel sized packets from camping stores or grocery stores. A little big for after a short ride but killer if you're touring.

    On long tours carry a x-large ziplock and a little bottle of laundry soap. Throw yesterdays clothes and some soap in the bag, lash it to your panniers and ride on. The sloshing and bouncing will do most of the work, rinse a couple times and hang dry when you get to camp. Small system, but you can wash a pair or shorts, socks and a light jersey in a 1 gal ziplock.
    Only problem is if you're touring in Oregon-like humidity nothing ever dries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boots
    i used anti-perspirant for a few months on my armpits. developed a 20-30 gram cyst/growth over the course of just a few days. doctor said i should stop using anti-perspirant. cyst/growth went away. now if only i could say the same thing about the malignant tumor i had in my neck....
    Wow. That sucks.

    I remember someone else mentioning they got an infection in their mouth from using mouthwash (Listerine).

    I don't doubt these things can happen but I wonder if this has something to do with body chemistry. Everyone is slightly different and can have different reactions.

    I've been using mouthwash DAILY for 5 years - twice a day - and anti-perspirant once daily for about the same time. I've yet to develop ANY kind of infection, cyst, growth, fungus etc.

    *shrug*

    Could be something ridiculously silly like eating nippy cheddar (which I do) but I think this is one to just chalk up to untraceable factors. (unless there've been studies on this...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Gwinn
    Pardon my skepticism.
    Here is a question from a WEB MD forum that explains.....
    There is loads of stuff on this subject but without reading any of this stuff
    real life experience shows me the people I know who have constant odor problems
    are the ones who have the worst diets.

    Quote Originally Posted by WebMD
    Question: I have a problem with body odor - I have tried all kinds
    of soaps and deodorant and have even consulted many doctors. Unfortunately, none
    of them could help. I even try to consume food without spice and garlic. I need help
    in any way possible.


    Answer: When you visit the zoo, notice how the animals smell. If you get close enough
    to notice, you'll find that the meat-eating animals like lions and tigers are foul-smelling,
    restless, and pacing. In contrast, animals that eat a predominantly plant-based diet, like
    elephants, are quite different. They tend to be more peaceful and they don't smell bad.
    In some cultures, like India, they even burn elephant dung or cow dung and use the ashes
    for religious purposes.


    Of course, humans can be either carnivores or vegetarians, but you can smell
    the difference. Your body excretes toxic substances like excessive amounts of meat in your
    breath, perspiration, and bowels. When you eat a lot of meat, it takes a long time for it to
    make its way through your digestive tract. As it putrefies and decays, your breath smells
    bad, your sweat smells bad, and your bowels smell bad. Not very attractive.


    Soaps and deodorants don't address the underlying cause of bad breath and
    body odor. Try going on the diet I recommend for a few months, and you will likely notice a
    big difference.
    At the same time, drinking a good amount of water combined with
    exercise and saunas can help you perspire and cleanse. You might also go to a dentist to
    make sure that you don't have any small pockets of bacteria and pus trapped in your gums.

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