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Stanky helmet question(7 posts)

Stanky helmet questionnewhouse
Aug 13, 2001 6:39 PM
does anyone have any good suggestions on how to wash a helmet? my head sweats a lot so the straps get very sweaty and are starting to smell. also, where do i find replacement pads for a bell helmet (i can't find them anywhere )? thanks.
re: Stanky helmet questionBirddog
Aug 13, 2001 7:09 PM
Here's how I do it. I remove all the velcro'd pads and put them in one of my wife's little "dainty" mesh bags to launder. If there are any adhesive backed pads, I try to remove them. If they are real secure, leave them. Then I strap the helmet into the bottom rack of the dishwasher and test to see if the spinner and everything clears.. If it's a go, I shut the DW and put it on a regular cycle making sure that the "Heated Dryng" feature is OFF!!!!! After DW has cycled through, I open the machine up and remove the helmet. Every once in a while, some of the glued in pads come loose and end up in pieces in the bottom of the DW. FWIW this summer I invested in a couple of Do-Rags and they not only keep my head cooler, they cut way down on the "Stink Factor". Some types of self adhesive weatherstrip available at your local hardware store work for replacement glued in pads. Don't be a conservation freak like I was once. I did my helmet with some dishes on the top rack and it was one of the times that the pads came loose. I had a tough time telling my wife what all that black sticky stuff on the cups and glasses was. Good Luck!
That's pretty funny!dinky
Aug 13, 2001 8:14 PM
I was thinking the same thing today. I am riding in cen. TX, we are going on our 30th consecutive day of 100+ heat so my lid isn't all that fresh either. As I was gearing up today I noticed the stank wafting over my head. I was considering the less precise method of chunking it on the lawn and hosing it down then letting it air dry on the back porch? I'm thinking that anything will dry up just fine in this heat!
re: Stanky helmet questionjustaguy
Aug 13, 2001 10:21 PM
Just washing them with water and maybe a little fabric soap seems to work. as for worn out pads, i have a bell helmet and just emailed them, and they sent some right over for free. thats pretty good customer service if you ask me. make sure you include your address and helmet model. and model year of course; i did send for a new visor and they sent one that was too new and didn't fit
re: Stanky helmet questionbunghole
Aug 13, 2001 10:50 PM
I just take mine into the shower with me, pads and all.
Right you are - use shampoo...RhodyRider
Aug 14, 2001 11:23 AM
Use your usual shampoo or even a nicely-scented body wash. Squeeze the soap into the pads, use a sponge to wash the shell. Rinse. Repeat as needed, depending on the stank factor. A treatment like this every couple of weeks leaves you smelling like a daisy. Seriously, it does work!
re: Stanky helmet questionHMS
Aug 14, 2001 5:11 AM
I wash mine (with pads attached) in a sink with a mild dish detergent (Ivory liquid), rinse it well and let it air dry (usually takes about 24 hours for the pads to be completely dry).