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Helmet odor(9 posts)

Helmet odorharlydog
May 27, 2001 6:12 PM
I broke down and bought a new helmet because the old stunk. I am one of those who sweat just looking at my bike in the middle of the winter. How do I keep the helmet from becoming so odorous?
re: Helmet odormike mcmahon
May 27, 2001 6:16 PM
Wash you helmet every few rides by soaking it in a bucket or a sink full of warm soapy water. I've found that laundry detergent and diswhashing detergent work about equally well. Let it soak and then give the pads a good going over with your hands to squeeze out all the offending odors. Rinse it out thoroughly and then let it drip-dry. It works for me and I'm a sweater. Good luck.
re: Helmet odorVon Zip
May 27, 2001 6:29 PM
My shorts and helmet go with me into the shower after a ride. By the next day they are ready to go again.
Must make it hard to wash your hair (hee-hee) (nm)mike mcmahon
May 27, 2001 6:31 PM
nm
Must make it hard to wash your hair (hee-hee) (nm)Von Zip
May 27, 2001 6:41 PM
nice comeback!
re: Helmet odorSteve R
May 27, 2001 10:12 PM
I rinse my helmet thoroughly after each ride before the sweat has a chance to dry. Seems to work.
Are your pads removable?Dave Hickey
May 28, 2001 7:06 AM
The pads on my Giro helmet are removable. I take them off once a week and put them in the wash.
re: Helmet odorDrD
May 28, 2001 7:20 AM
Never leave your gloves in the helmet - wash the pads regularly, and wipe down the helmet every now and then with warm soapy water (soaking probably isn't necessary) - I tend to sweat quite a bit, and can keep the helmet in good shape by just washing the pads every now and then (also - squeeze them out when you get back from a ride - it's gross, but they dry much faster when they aren't water logged!)
re: Helmet odorScottV
May 28, 2001 8:56 AM
I stick mine in a sink full of warm water after every few rides or if the straps are covered in salt. I then let it sit there for a while. I then wring out the pads and let it air dry. No stink so far.