Keep Your Gear Fresh: Tips for Cleaning Your Bike Shoes and Helmet


Are you tired of the lingering stench emanating from your bike helmet and shoes after a long ride or run? It’s time to freshen up your gear and ensure you’re riding and running in comfort and style. Here are some simple yet effective tips for cleaning your helmet, bike shoes, and running shoes to keep them smelling and looking fresh.

Cleaning Your Helmet

  1. Assess the Damage: Check your helmet for salt deposits on the straps, sunscreen and hair product residue on the pads, and grime on the exterior.
  2. Rinse Thoroughly: After each ride, rinse your helmet with lukewarm water to remove dirt and sweat.
  3. Deep Clean: For a thorough wash, use a tablespoon of mild detergent like shampoo, dish soap, or liquid laundry detergent. Apply it to all surfaces that absorb water and scrub gently.
  4. Rinse and Dry: Rinse the helmet thoroughly with water and shake off excess moisture. Place it in the sun to dry completely. Avoid using strong detergents that may irritate your skin or eyes.
  5. Exterior Maintenance: Wipe the outside of the helmet with a cleaner like Simple Green or Pedro’s Bike Wash to remove stubborn stains and grime.

Cleaning Your Running Shoes

  1. Machine Wash: If your running shoes get wet or dirty, machine wash them in cold water with laundry detergent. Wash multiple pairs together to save time.
  2. Immediate Drying: After washing, immediately put your shoes in the sun or a dry room to dry. Most quality running shoes can withstand about 20-30 washes before needing replacement.

Cleaning Your Bike Shoes

    1. Gentle Scrub: Use room temperature water, mild detergent, and an old toothbrush to clean your bike shoes. Shampoo works well too. Focus on cleaning any dirt or debris from the surface.
    2. Thorough Drying: After cleaning, shake off excess water and towel dry as much as possible. Then, allow your shoes to air dry in the sun.
    3. Preservation: For shoes with leather components, consider using saddle soap to maintain softness and durability

By regularly cleaning your helmet and shoes, you’ll not only eliminate unpleasant odors but also reduce the likelihood of skin infections and promote healthier feet. Plus, keeping your gear in top condition ensures a more enjoyable and comfortable riding and running experience.

So, don’t wait until the stench becomes unbearable – take action now to keep your gear smelling and looking fresh for your next adventure on the road or trail!