A Tip from Emilio Desoto, creator of DeSoto Tri Clothing: Wash your helmet and shoes please!
When was the last time you washed your bike helmet, your bike shoes, and your running shoes? If you haven't done so in the past month, they probably stink. If you can't smell it, ask someone else to, then look at their face; the truth comes without words being spoken.
THE HELMET: Are the straps white with salt deposits, and are the little pads slippery from sunscreen and hair product, and is the outside stained with grime? I rinse my Rudy Project Helmet after almost every ride. It is 5 years old and looks brand new still.
TO WASH IT: Turn on your kitchen sink and let the water run luke warm. Run the water on the helmet, the pads and the strap. Then take about a tablespoon of shampoo, dish soap, liquid hand soap, or liquid laundry detergent, and rub it between your hands and finger and then apply it to all the surfaces that absorb water. Rinse it thoroughly, shake it to get excess water out, and put it in the sun to dry. Wipe the outside with any cleaner like Simple Green, or Pedro's. Stay away from stronger detergents, as any residual that is not rinsed will run into your eyes when you sweat in it again.
Next week...running shoes!
Kind regards, Emilio
Emilio De Soto II
De Soto Sport Triathlon Company