Stinky helmet



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DeF

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My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
nylon straps.

So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
or something similar.

Suggestions welcome....

DeF

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On Nov 23, 1:38 pm, DeF <""d.farrow\"@your finger.murdoch.edu.au">
wrote:
> My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
> every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
> the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
> of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
> nylon straps.
>
> So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
> undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
> I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
> or something similar.
>
> Suggestions welcome....


My watchband used to do the same thing (until I gave up wearing it).
Warm soapy water and a good scrub with a nailbrush or similar will have
it smelling like roses (or whatever the scent of the soap you use is)
again in no time.
 
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Donga

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DeF wrote:
> My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
> every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
> the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
> of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
> nylon straps.
>
> So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
> undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
> I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
> or something similar.
>
> Suggestions welcome....
>
> DeF


I hold mine under the tap briefly just to rinse out the sweat, around
once a week in summer. It does the trick - no chemicals or detergents
required.

Donga
 

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DeF said:
My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
nylon straps.

So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
or something similar.

Suggestions welcome....

DeF

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Soap and nailbrush in bathroom bison. Then air dried in the sun. (Probably should be air dried in the shade, but I don't leave the helmet out all day so that the foam bakes, so it is probably OK.)

Two of my helmets have light grey or silvery coloured straps which show the dirt as well as getting smelly. The soap/nailbrush approach gets the dirt out as well as the smell.

SteveA
 
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Bleve

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Donga wrote:
> DeF wrote:
> > My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
> > every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
> > the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
> > of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
> > nylon straps.
> >
> > So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
> > undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
> > I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
> > or something similar.
> >
> > Suggestions welcome....
> >
> > DeF

>
> I hold mine under the tap briefly just to rinse out the sweat, around
> once a week in summer. It does the trick - no chemicals or detergents
> required.


Likewise, seems to work ok - it's also a good idea to do this with the
padding, or on really hot rides, or when you get caught in the rain,
the brine that collects runs into your eyes.
>
> Donga
 
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DeF

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DeF > wrote:
> My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
> every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
> the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
> of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
> nylon straps.
>
> So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
> undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
> I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
> or something similar.
>
> Suggestions welcome....
>
> DeF
>



Thanks for the suggestions - I'll give it a go this afternoon
so it's dry for tomorrow...

DeF.

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Artoi

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In article <[email protected]>,
DeF <""d.farrow\"@your finger.murdoch.edu.au"> wrote:

> My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
> every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
> the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
> of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
> nylon straps.
>
> So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
> undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
> I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
> or something similar.


As was just discussed on a cycling forum... Wear your helmet into the
shower. A bit of shampoo keeps everything clean. Give it a final rinse
and air dry. This is NOT a joke.

Someone from Giro also gave similar recommendation. Some mild detergent
works well but make sure you rise everything out. Body salt accumulation
over time can also damage the material. So washing it is worthwhile.
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Boostland

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"DeF" <""d.farrow\"@your finger.murdoch.edu.au"> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
> every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
> the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
> of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
> nylon straps.
>
> So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
> undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
> I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
> or something similar.
>
> Suggestions welcome....
>
> DeF
>
> --
> e-mail: [email protected] finger.murdoch.edu.au
> To reply, you'll have to remove your finger.


Every few days I just wash my entire helmet when I hand wash my cycling
clothes, using Amway Sa8 laundry detergent, I rinse it out before hanging
out to dry or putting it on my pc to dry overnight.

I have 3 helmets that get used depending apon the type of ride and or
weather and I have one helmet that only really gets used for racing.

PS: posting this from the Melbourne pipenetworks news server as the Sydney
one is borked :/

I have reported it here to pipe.

< http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=554643#r16 >
 
DeF wrote:

> My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
> every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
> the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
> of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
> nylon straps.
>
> So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
> undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
> I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
> or something similar.
>
> Suggestions welcome....
>
> DeF
>
> --
> e-mail: [email protected] finger.murdoch.edu.au
> To reply, you'll have to remove your finger.


Same problem during the summer in the UK. The helmet straps were white
with sweat stains. Well it did get up to 33c in the south of England
for most of July. Nothing of course to what you guys have to endure.

Anyway, I placed my sweaty cycling helmet in a bucket of just plain
cold water. I left it to soak for a while with a weight on the top of
it to stopping it floating to the surface. The end result was a clean
and fresh smelling helmet with out using any soap.

Alan
Cheltenham
In very damp England
 

LotteBum

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When I ride to work, I take my helmet with me into the shower at the gym and wash it with body wash. Works a treat - it never steenks anymore. If only I could do the same with my whole bike.

My handlebar tape steenks. Might replace it this weekend.
 

cfsmtb

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Bike gloves have a habit of going feral, especially in warmer weather. Just throw them in the wash etc.
 
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Stuart Lamble

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On 2006-11-24, cfsmtb <[email protected]> wrote:
> Bike gloves have a habit of going feral, especially in warmer weather.
> Just throw them in the wash etc.


Considering the way that my current bike gloves - especially my
short-finger gloves - are fraying, it's not worth the hassle. I'll
consider it *after* I get replacements. :)

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Duracell Bunny

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Stuart Lamble said:
On 2006-11-24, cfsmtb <[email protected]> wrote:
> Bike gloves have a habit of going feral, especially in warmer weather.
> Just throw them in the wash etc.


Considering the way that my current bike gloves - especially my
short-finger gloves - are fraying, it's not worth the hassle. I'll
consider it *after* I get replacements. :)
.
I just toss my gloves into the wash once a week, as often as I remember.
 
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TimC

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On 2006-11-24, cfsmtb (aka Bruce)
was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea:
> Bike gloves have a habit of going feral, especially in warmer weather.
> Just throw them in the wash etc.


Oh, I do that. They *still* end up steenking!

Also -- Uno glove wearers -- you end up with itchy hands after wearing
the gloves?

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Big Bear

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DeF > wrote:

> Suggestions welcome....


Shampoo the straps when you do your hair, then rinse.

i just give mine regular soap and water wash and rinse, which makes it
easy to keep clean. Rather hard to recover soft straps from years of sweat.
 
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Gumby

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DeF > wrote:
> My main helmet is getting a bit whiffy. I notice it
> every time I put in on. I've recently replaced all
> the padding so it's not that. By careful sniffing
> of various components, I've narrowed it down to the
> nylon straps.
>
> So, given that the straps cannot be removed without
> undoing stitching, what's the best way to clean them?
> I was thinking of soaking the whole helmet in Nappisan
> or something similar.
>
> Suggestions welcome....
>
> DeF
>

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