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riding, sweat, and the drive home...(11 posts)

riding, sweat, and the drive home...aet
Aug 2, 2002 11:06 AM
Whenever i have to drive to the startpoint of a ride, that means i have to drive back and here in TX in the summer it is really hot and i sweat a great deal. i mean alot. so, my non-leather car seats get preetty sweaty and can start to smell. of course i take a towel to sit n but that does not help much. what do you guys do to combat this?
Drive an old car. nmMXL02
Aug 2, 2002 11:09 AM
You do change into loose shorts/t-shirt right away, right? (nm)TomS
Aug 2, 2002 11:15 AM
It's a cyclist's carTypeOne
Aug 2, 2002 11:18 AM
So don't worry. Who are you going to offend? If it is a car for a hard-workin' rider then it ought to show it. It's the reward of your own exertion! Ok, if the smell bothers you, however, there must be a problem.
I don't know, because I don't live in TX, but don't AC, an open window, air fresheners, tinted windows, towels, or replaceable seatcovers do the trick?
I have heard some people spray that Febreze fabric junk on their cloth carseats.
I don't drive my bike...phlegm
Aug 2, 2002 12:19 PM
I ride it.
Aug 2, 2002 12:44 PM
re: riding, sweat, and the drive home...JS Haiku Shop
Aug 2, 2002 12:51 PM
"that febreeze stuff" and other brands of funk-out work really well. my car occasionally smells like a junior high school locker sure to sit on a towel, and remove the towel when you get out of the car. ride with the windows open, too.

but, to echo the best solution i've read yet: ride to the ride (i'd have to drive to some, too, but i mostly just ride).
re: riding, sweat, and the drive home...JimP
Aug 2, 2002 1:42 PM
Yes, the towel trick helps but not completely. I live in the DFW area and do understand your issue. I drive a 12 year old Volvo wagon and refuse to replace it with a truck, suv or whatever is the type du jour. I bought seat covers and can wash them when they get too smelly. AC helps but even that takes some time to cool off the car when it has been sitting in the sun at 100+ degrees for several hours and it takes time to cool your core body temperature down to the point where you aren't leaking from every pore. Tomorrow the weather forecast is for 100 degrees and it is the Keller Kountry Rally - 100k - so I will probably smell up the car as usual. I leave the windows down when I park it in the garage so that does help some.
Time and fluidsLeroy
Aug 2, 2002 2:20 PM
The only thing that helps me is time and fluids - drinking water and splashing it on me. I live in Ellis County - south of DFW - and simply throw the bike into the back of my 1989 Chrysler convertible, put down the top and let the winds blow. If the a/c is working I might even try it, too. There's really no good way to cool off in the summer down here!

Dave Loving
old cross country running trickakatdog
Aug 2, 2002 2:30 PM
Arm and hammer baking powder soda works wonders and if it gets real bad throw it on the seat let it sit a while to absorb then vacumn it at the car wash.
Seat covers that you can wash.(nm)Soultrain
Aug 2, 2002 10:10 PM