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Safety Tip: Wash your helmet pads

Old 05-09-12, 09:54 AM
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Safety Tip: Wash your helmet pads

Yes that's right.

Last night I was riding home in a downpour. Maybe 15 minutes into the ride my eyes started stinging, eventually getting to the point where I couldn't keep them open and had to stop for a couple of minutes.

It wasn't that the rain was hitting my eyeballs. It was coming pretty much straight down. Months of dried salt from sweat and who knows what else had been collecting in my helmet pads and now it was washing into my eyes.

Ouch !
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Old 05-09-12, 11:22 AM
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Oh man, I've done that to myself by spraying a water bottle on my head to cool myself off and then - MY EYES, THEY BURN!!!!
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Old 05-09-12, 01:28 PM
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I had that happen to me. It wasn't getting in my eyes but I could taste it as it ran down to my mouth... mmm, salty!
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If you have to wash your helmet pads, it doesn't rain enough where you live.

OK, that's probably not true. I've felt the eye burn.
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Better an eyeburn than a stanky smell!

By the way, tjspiel, I escaped that same downpour yesterday mostly unscathed up in the north metro. It looked like I was going to get washed out and then the skies just opened up for me.

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Old 05-09-12, 05:03 PM
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what's a helmet pad?

I think mine has been in the wrapper that came with both of my Giro helmets since day 1
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Old 05-09-12, 05:53 PM
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I usually wash mine once a week.
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It will also make you hair nasty and dirty after every commute if you never clean them or replace them. Not a problem if you dont mind the grime.
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Some people take an after ride shower in their helmets *rolls eyes*. I line the helmet with paper towel after the ride and wrap the straps with paper towels as well. Let it dry like this. Capillary tension will draw great deal of salt to the surface of the towels.
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Originally Posted by sci_femme View Post
Some people take an after ride shower in their helmets *rolls eyes*. I line the helmet with paper towel after the ride and wrap the straps with paper towels as well. Let it dry like this. Capillary tension will draw great deal of salt to the surface of the towels.
Very elegant solution.
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