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    how do you clean your helmet and interior pads?.

    been searching for different ideas of how to clean my bell super 2 helmet, the interior start to smell "nice" lol after a few hours of using it. The Bell interior pads cant be remove it so i guess this is the best way to do it?:

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    First of all, I get a new helmet at least every other year, if not more frequently, but ymmv.

    I take my helmet into the shower with me several times per season, whenever the chin straps start to get crusty.
    Lather up my hair and put the helmet on. Makes me feel special when my wife sees me shaving my legs, wearing a bike helmet...

    The important part is drying it out - put it out in the sun, upside-down, otherwise the chin straps get even funkier.
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    I'm using a MET Veleno, so I just remove the pads and handwash them, lol. As for the rest of the helmet, I use wet wipes and sun dry them after, together with the pads.


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    Mine gets a blast with the hose when it needs it, more regularly over winter than summer.

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    I put it in the shower/bath with me.

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    You clean your helmet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djlee View Post
    First of all, I get a new helmet at least every other year, if not more frequently, but ymmv.
    Sorry, but I recently research the hell out of this. That's ridiculous. Unless your helmet hits a hard surface with the weight of your head in it, it should be structurally sound and safe for up to a decade. The non-biased science is clear. Anyone who has told you to replace your helmet every two years is selling helmets or has been duped by propaganda.

    I think it's better to err on the side of caution, but two years is a bit paranoid.

    Snell vaguely recommends five years. MET says their helmets are definitely fine for eight years. Look at the MEA forensic data on helmets.org for reference.

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    Take it in the shower after every ride. The only way I can keep the funk away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    You clean your helmet?
    LOL
    I知 as guilty as you. I知 not much of helmet washer either.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    LOL
    I知 as guilty as you. I知 not much of helmet washer either.
    Make that 3, I couldn't believe there are videos about it. Lol

    I hang mine after a ride, that's it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I知 as guilty as you. I知 not much of helmet washer either.
    No one told me you're supposed to wash it. Won't it just get dirty again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Sorry, but I recently research the hell out of this. That's ridiculous. Unless your helmet hits a hard surface with the weight of your head in it, it should be structurally sound and safe for up to a decade. The non-biased science is clear. Anyone who has told you to replace your helmet every two years is selling helmets or has been duped by propaganda.

    I think it's better to err on the side of caution, but two years is a bit paranoid.

    Snell vaguely recommends five years. MET says their helmets are definitely fine for eight years. Look at the MEA forensic data on helmets.org for reference.
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    I soak mine in soapy water once a week and let it drip dry.

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    With sweat o_0

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Make that 3, I couldn't believe there are videos about it. Lol

    I hang mine after a ride, that's it.
    Besides, the white salty residue left behind [from sweating] on the straps gives it character.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Besides, the white salty residue left behind on the straps from sweating gives it character.
    Is that what that is??
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    Yeah, I don't wash my helmet beyond what it might get in a downpour.

    You CAN remove the pads in a Bell Super 2. I own one and I actually just purchased replacement pads for mine and tossed the old ones, which were starting to fall apart.

    Can't say I've noticed a funk from my helmet, tbh. I have a sensitive sniffer, and I wash my gloves after pretty much every ride because they get ripe. Helmet? Nah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    No one told me you're supposed to wash it. Won't it just get dirty again?
    That's the logic I apply to my bike over winter.


    (and over summer too, if I'm honest!)

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    best way I found is

    hot rinse under kitchen sink sprayer, then hang on clothes rack in front of a fan

    keep helmet anti-funk. occasionally use dish soap and extra rinsing if the pads
    or straps need more...but...hot rinse is the ticket
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    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    That's the logic I apply to my bike over winter. (and over summer too, if I'm honest!)
    Yip. May wash my hard-tail as I put a new fork on it and it's making the rest of the bike look bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Is that what that is??
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I remove the pads and soak it in cold water with mild laundry detergent. Make sure to get the helmet straps in the water - it help to put a weight on top of the helmet to submerge it. The pads gets soaked too. Rinse everything well. Squeeze water out of the pads and let everything air dry.

    I probably do this two or three times a year.

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    I just take the pads out and use some hand soap from the bathroom sink. Let air dry. I've never cleaned the hemet itself besides the straps when they get salty. The straps I just rinse with some water.

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    Some stanky ass skulls out there apparently.

    Helmet cleaning 101:

    1] Ride, sweat, take helmet off.

    2] Set helmet on shelf inside house, to avoid extreme temperature swings.

    3] take helmet from shelf.

    4] Ride

    5] Repeat steps 1 through 2.

    Of course this is individual dependent. I致e been told I taste and smell like brown sugar no matter what.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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