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Helmet sponge washing??(16 posts)

Helmet sponge washing??Rich_Racer
Jun 18, 2003 11:19 AM
Does anybody remove the sponge inside their helmet and wash it at all/regularly?? It certainly collects a lot of sweat every ride and I'm suddenly getting some spots on my forehead that seem to be worse the more I ride. Hmmm??
machine washandy02
Jun 18, 2003 11:26 AM
I don't know if it is good for it or not but I do it once and awhile
second that_rt_
Jun 18, 2003 11:33 AM
i'll take the pads out of my helmet & wash them in the machine when they get really nasty. i'd recommend putting them into one of those mesh bags for delicates so nothing gets lost.

or, for $5 you can just order new pads.

Woolite in the sinkpitt83
Jun 18, 2003 11:37 AM
I do gloves the same way. Air dry when done. They'll typically last a season with everyday use and twice monthly washing. Wring the sweat out when really gnarly.
Nearly every ride.MXL02
Jun 18, 2003 11:33 AM
I pull mine out and rinse them after nearly every ride. If I don't they get pungent pretty quick. I don't put them in the washing machine, which I believe will tear them up pretty quick. Just rinse them out by hand a couple times, and dry them on a paper towel.
re: Helmet sponge washing??mainframe
Jun 18, 2003 11:41 AM
Woolite in the sink often as required.
shower with the helmet........african
Jun 18, 2003 11:58 AM
use the shampoo to clean the padding and straps. Works for me after every ride I take the helmet into the shower.
shower with the helmet........txcross
Jun 18, 2003 12:02 PM
My wife thinks I'm crazy enough as it is, if I were to start showering with any of my cycling gear I think she would leave me...
Do you think that would work?dzrider
Jun 18, 2003 12:29 PM
My wife might have me committed which would certainly be a bigger problem than living with her. I can't imagine how I would explain my behavior at a divorce or sanity hearing. Calling a bunch of RBR people to testify to the same actions may not help when her lawyer asks "How many bikes do you own?"
Then she would take half...txcross
Jun 18, 2003 12:40 PM
of each of your bikes.

I want the front wheel, rear brake, one chainring, one pedal, half of the rear cogs and, oh yea, that thing he uses to stop the bike and shift his gears!
Hadn't even considered that!dzrider
Jun 18, 2003 12:59 PM
She's only a half inch shorter and a pretty good Clydesdale (now Athena) triathlete. New stems and saddles are all we need to change bikes. I promise I'll be good, I promise, I promise!
That's a visual I don't need...Straightblock
Jun 18, 2003 3:55 PM
Naked guy in the shower with a bikie tan & a helmet. Future caption contest?
I don't remove the sponges, but during the summercoonass
Jun 18, 2003 1:18 PM
I just saturate it with Febreze about every 6-8 weeks.
Funny, our summer is about 6-8 weeks. (nm)53T
Jun 19, 2003 9:25 AM
re: Helmet sponge washing??KG 361
Jun 18, 2003 4:34 PM
I take them out a couple of times a summer and put them in a pillow case and wash in the washer. Reminds me, I need to do that soon.....
Large bucket+cold water+detergent...Breakfast
Jun 19, 2003 5:25 AM
...plunge helmet in soapy water and get some good agitation action going so that pads get a thorough washing. Then, refill bucket with cold clear water to repeat as a rinse cycle.

Ball up a towel to the size of your noggin and put into to the helmet to absorb the water out of the pads, after a half hour or so pull out the towel and hang dry helmet.