Helmet hygiene

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Helmet hygiene

Postby fatboy » 3 Nov 2014, 9:41am

I often wear a helmet (mainly for protection from the sanctimonious :D ) but the biggest problem for me is one of hygiene. After every ride I wash my clothes, socks etc......however my festering helmet gets hung up ready for a follow on injection of sweat! What does anyone else do (other than not wearing one!)?
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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby thirdcrank » 3 Nov 2014, 9:53am

A helmet with detachable and washable pads and straps seems best to me.

I have a some of this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Motorex-Helmet- ... B001GNEHVI

which came free with a helmet. It does seem to work, but I've not used it much because I remove and wash the sweaty bits.

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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby Si » 3 Nov 2014, 11:13am

I wear a bandanna under mine. Stops sun burn through the vents, soaks up sweat better than the pads it came with and can be washed easily.

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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby twodogs » 3 Nov 2014, 11:19am

I rinse my helmet after every ride. Just run cold water over the inside of it, shake the excess out and hang it up. Keeps it fresh so I don't get pimples on my head. :mrgreen:

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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby fatboy » 3 Nov 2014, 11:27am

twodogs wrote:I rinse my helmet after every ride. Just run cold water over the inside of it, shake the excess out and hang it up. Keeps it fresh so I don't get pimples on my head. :mrgreen:


This could work in the warm but not when it's cold, my helmet isn't allowed in the house!
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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby fatboy » 4 Nov 2014, 8:29am

Have ordered 2 sets of new pads so I can wash one, wear one.
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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby TrevA » 5 Nov 2014, 8:38pm

I wear a buff under my helmet to soak up the sweat. Even then I find I have to buy a new helmet every four years or so, as it gets a bit wiffy!
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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby Mick F » 6 Nov 2014, 8:38am

I read on here some time back that you can put the whole helmet in the washing machine. In fact someone said that they do this regularly.

I've not tried it - yet - but I reckon if the helmet is put inside a pillowcase or something, it shouldn't damage it or the machine. Perhaps use a slow spin?

Anyone remember that thread on here?
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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby Si » 6 Nov 2014, 9:22am

Watch out Mick, if anyone from HW reads that they'll be insisting that people ride around with pillow cases over their helmets to increase their effectiveness! :lol:

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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby fatboy » 6 Nov 2014, 9:54am

Si wrote:Watch out Mick, if anyone from HW reads that they'll be insisting that people ride around with pillow cases over their helmets to increase their effectiveness! :lol:


But it's common sense to do anything you can to protect your head so I'm all for it :D
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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby thirdcrank » 6 Nov 2014, 10:35am

IMO, a first step is to avoid buying helmets which have any of the padding or straps permanently attached. Both my current helmets have all the pads held in with Velcro and the strap is threaded through in rather a complicated fashion, but it's not attached. I've always chosen helmets carefully for size to avoid having to use stick-in spacing pads. When I removed a strap for the first time, I wrote some notes to ensure I'd be able to reinstall it immediately. Then, a regular rinse in cold water is sufficient.

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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby Vantage » 7 Nov 2014, 12:17am

Sponge, a bit of shower gel and a rinse in the shower keeps mine squeaky clean.
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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby MartinC » 7 Nov 2014, 8:23am

Vantage wrote:Sponge, a bit of shower gel and a rinse in the shower keeps mine squeaky clean.


Yes, but what about your helmet? Oooo errrrr missus, it gets worse..........................................

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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby Bicycler » 8 Nov 2014, 1:31am

thirdcrank wrote:IMO, a first step is to avoid buying helmets

:mrgreen:

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Re: Helmet hygiene

Postby TonyR » 8 Nov 2014, 7:27am

Vantage wrote:Sponge, a bit of shower gel and a rinse in the shower keeps mine squeaky clean.


Doesn't everyone wear a helmet in the shower? :wink: