Keeping things squeeky clean [go]
Lets face the facts boys and girls, while cranking on the bike we all expect to bust out our fair share of sweat (yes, even us sweet smelling girls). Some of us even buy jerseys to make this feature of riding more comfortable. When arriving home we all throw our jerseys in the wash (you all better be nodding YES) to keep it smelling fresh, but what about ye olde brain bucket?
Yep, that is right, smelly helmet syndrome is a problem currently sweeping the Nation. And come on people, there is just no need for it either. Now I know some well heeled folk simply toss their lid in the trash and buy new. But for the rest of us that is a no go. Since we can't go tossin' the helmet in with the next load of laundry, what do us frugal types do?
Luckily for you, I'm here to pass on a handy dandy tip to keep your helmet smelling fresh as a daisy.
The secret to a fresh smelling helmet comes in the form of the post ride shower. Next time you're hopping in for your post-ride shower (which I hope is already part of the routine!!), take the helmet in with you. Yep, you read right. After you soap up the hair, pop that sucker back on your head, move it about, rinse and in a few minutes, voila, a fresh smelling helmet.
I won't lie, you'll probably feel like a bit of a knob for the first few tries. But, whatever stop your sniveling and get over it, the benefit easily outweighs your delicate pride!
I felt I needed to share this little secret after Weasel, not so discretely (ahem), pointed out that I was suffering from this smelly helmet syndrome. When I told him I was gonna take it in the shower shortly he nearly crashed his bike into the bush (that boy is not too bright some days!).
It seems I had just assumed that this helmet cleaning method was common knowledge, but apparently not. Clearly duties calls and I am here to set the record straight. I mean what else do you do with it post-muddy mountain bike ride? Come to think of it, I've probably found more of that magnetic dirt (i.e. the type you find in the strangest places days later) after a road ride in the rain. Heck I know I've jumped in the shower fully clothed more often after braving the perils of the pavement, rather than the perils of the trail puddles.
So there you have it boys and gilrs, now that everybody has heard this random tip, I hope all you smelly folk out there (you know who you are) get the hint and take an extra 2 minutes to keep your brain bucket squeaky clean.
Your friends will soon thank you for it!