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Old 12-21-14, 08:20 AM
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White Road Shoes - How to Clean

I got myour white road shoes muddy yesterday and mesh on the tap is now dirty. Do any of you have a method for cleaning them.
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Old 12-22-14, 09:31 AM
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I'd just leave them dirty, it proves you use them!
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White nylon mesh and mud? Can you put them in the wash? Wesley's Blech White may be your only hope.
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Maybe there's a reason why traditional bike shoes and bike shorts are black...
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White is out after Labor Day, put them up for the winter.
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They're all plastics and synthetics and won't be harmed by ordinary cleaners and water. Simple Green and a brush, then rinse well. If there are greasy stains, try WD40 or OMS.
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I've thrown mine in the washing machine. Didn't do them any harm.
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Dishwasher works, too. If you want to hand wash them some Dawn dish washing detergent, and a soft brush, will take all the grease and oil out, easily. This is why own black cycling shoes you probably didn't want to hear that, though......

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I've used a mild soap and water with a small, finger nail, brush...hosed clean and placed on top of my water heater to dry for a day or two. They won't be brand new white but I don't care except to remove the worst of it. I prefer them to look "used" rather than bleached white.
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You can soak them in white vinegar. That also takes out any foot odor.

I simply consider my white pair to be the missing member of an AG2R kit and leave them brownish.
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