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How To Look After Your MTB Kit | Clothing & Equipment Care

How To Look After Your MTB Kit | Clothing & Equipment Care


– We’re always talking about looking after your bike here at GMBN. But what about your riding kit? It’s just as important. So today we’re going to
look at pre-ride, post-ride and also a little bit of
maintenance you can do to keep your kit looking fresh
and not smelling, really. (crunching loudly) Okay, so first up, putting some polish or some sort of silicon
spray on your riding shoes. Firstly, before I get
into the reasons why, if you’re going to be using
any products like this near your bike make sure
the mist of the spray can’t go near your braking surfaces, ’cause that means your brakes, effectively, are not going to be working. And of course, you need your brakes. So the reason for putting
this stuff on your shoes is it makes a slippery coating. So firstly, this can stop
like, kind of keep rain and stuff at bay for a little while. Also helps mud slide off. But a real cool thing that
we’ve noticed here in the UK and I’m sure anywhere else in the world where you ride where ticks are present, it helps stop those little critters getting up onto your socks
and up into your legs and nipping you. So it’s pretty useful stuff. Now you can use household
furniture polishes, a bunch of different things. We use Silicon Shine,
cause we use Muc Off, and we love the stuff. And next up is looking
after your eye wear. That is assuming that you use
some sort of eye protection. I favor a clear pair of glasses ’cause the conditions change, some people are lucky enough
to need a mirrored glass, if you’re riding in sunny conditions. Or perhaps goggles. Some decent eye wear cleaner is, basically great to keep them clean. Always use that microfiber
bag they come with to keep them clean. And keep that inside a a jersey pocket, or somewhere where it’s
not going to get covered in grit and that. So you’re not going to be
smearing that stuff around. Now anti-fog, I don’t really need anti-fog too much in the UK
because it’s mostly cold. However, if you’re riding
somewhere in warm climates or using goggles a lot,
anti-fog’s a great idea to stop them misting up. Apparently you can use spit,
just like divers would, but I don’t really want
to spit on my eye wear, so that’s up to you guys
if you want to do that. A couple of top tips are,
sometimes on your helmet, you can actually store
your glasses on your helmet when you ride, or better still, if you want them to stop
fogging up when you’re climbing. If you’ve got a sternum
strap on your riding pack, just hook ’em on there for
those climbs, up the high roads, before you get in to the fun stuff. Put your glasses on, don’t
poke yourself in the head like I did, and then shred. Now looking after your
kit if you’re driving to where you’re riding is also important. That means storing your eye
wear inside the supplied bag, storing your helmet inside
it’s supplied microfiber bag. You don’t want to just be
scuffing up and scratching your helmet and stuff. So just look after that stuff. And also a bit of pre-ride
prep is really important. And make sure you’re not
going to forget anything. The amount of times I’ve gone
riding in sunny conditions and I’ve actually forgotten to have like a mirrored lens with me. And it’s just a pain, so
try and do your packing the night before if you can,
so everything is all set out. Don’t put it in your
car overnight of course, ’cause that could make it
susceptible to gettin’ stolen. But have it all ready in your garage or wherever your bike cave is. And you’re ready to go in
the morning with no stress. All laid out, put it
in the car, go riding. Happy trails. And next up is post ride. Now something that we all do here at GMBN is essentially use carrier bags. We recycle anything that we can. If you have an Ikea near you, you can get one of their big blue bags and they are fantastic for chucking all your dirty riding kit in, and you can even get changed
straight into the bag in the car park. So all your riding kit goes in there. Your feet don’t get wet from the floor ’cause you’re inside the bag, and it means you can
go through your house, transport that right
by the washing machine, and bung it straight
in and get it cleaned. They’re also really handy as I mentioned earlier in the video, for packing your stuff the
night before going riding, because you can put
everything in one place. So all you got to do is go out your house with your bike in one hand
and your kit bag in the other. Nice and simple. If you’re unlucky enough to
ride in filthy wet conditions like we do continuously here
in the UK and in Europe, then you’re going to
need to dry out your kit. Now it does depend on
what sort of kit you have. If you’ve got waterproof jackets, you’ll generally want
to let them drip dry, if they’re clean you can tumble dry them. Always check the manufacturer’s label for that sort of thing. Now with your riding shoes though, even with waterproof
shoes, they get soaked. So first up, take the insoles out and basically get those drying separately. Next up, at the very
least get some newspaper, old newspaper, scrumple it up
and chuck it inside the shoes. What you want to be doin’ is
drawing out that moisture. Now some people put their
shoes straight onto a radiator. I try and avoid that because
you can actually crack the materials on some of those. I try and get the moisture out first and then I put them near a radiator. But something I actually love
to do is get silca beads, or silca gel, you know
those little sachets you get that look like milky white tea
bags that you shouldn’t eat. Basically, industrial sized bags of those. And I fill up old socks with the stuff. Can you hear it on the inside here? All I do is put those
inside my riding shoes and it draws out the moisture
really really efficiently. They never ever smell because of that. And all you do is when
these are soaking wet, is you put that on the,
basically on top of the radiator or somewhere nice and warm,
dries out, ready for use again. Even though these are filthy,
they don’t smell at all. Really good. Also good for using for other
things to drawing out moisture like inside your riding bag
perhaps if it’s been soaked. And the last one really
is sort of a hygiene one. Make sure you keep your
kit in a ventilated area. Don’t just bung it in a
cupboard until the next ride ’cause that’s when you’re
going to get fungus and all sorts of other funky
stuff growing in there. Just consider that stuff , you know, you want your stuff to
be like air naturally, hang stuff up, let air get to it, keep it warm, keep it dry. And keep an eye on your gear as well, just inspect it from time to time. Are there any holes in it? Has it got any fungus or any mold on it? You can use household antibacterial spray to get rid of that stuff,
and try and kill it off. So, bit of common sense by all accounts. Okay, so next up is looking after some of those sweaty items. Now in particular things like the pads on the inside of your helmet. Knee pads, gloves. Have you ever been riding before and you can smell your own gloves? It’s horrific. So first up with gloves
you can just bung those in the washing machine. Although be careful of the velcro tabs, ’cause they can damage other delicates that you might have going
in the washing machine. When it comes to helmet
pads, take those off, and basically you put them
inside the helmet bag, and then tie that up because otherwise they
can sort of self implode inside your washing
machine and turn into bits. As a regular though, if you
just want to keep them fresh on a day to day basis,
somethin’ like this foam fresh stuff is really good. It’s essentially like a dry shampoo, the sort of stuff you see
people using at festivals, spraying in their hair
and things like that. It’s kind of the same
equivalent for your bike stuff. You can use that on your pads, you can use it on your helmets. Basically you spray it
in, you wipe it down, and it smells nice. Kind of like an interim service. Next up is technical clothing. And by that I mean like
waterproof trousers, waterproof shorts, waterproof
jackets, things like that. And you need to look after this kit to keep it performing
the way you need it to. Now depending on the brand or
the style product you have, you going to need to look after
it in very different ways. Now some garments require
you to constantly wash them, like gortex fabric. It’s a membrane essentially, and you’re going to block up those pores if you don’t repeatedly clean it. So, they actually say you
can wash it as many times as you want, and it’s not going
to affect the waterproofness. However from time to time you might need to put some
treatment on the outside cover just to replace the DWR
coating that you get that makes the water bead up. As the fabric goes, water’s
not going to get through it, so you can continue to wash that. Other brands, for example
like Royal Racing, they actually recommend that you don’t wash this stuff too often. And this is the route I go with a lot of my own personal products. I tend to come in, and
I’ll be covered in mud, I’ll get my wife to hose me down literally with the jet wash outside, and then I literally hang
the stuff up to drip dry. I try and wash that stuff
as little as possible. And that retains that coating on there and it keeps them as waterproof
for as long as possible. When it does come to waterproofing, then make sure you use dedicated cleaners and a dedicated washing
waterproofing agent that’s going to be
compatible with your fabric. If in doubt, check out the
little label on the inside and it will make some recommendations. Okay, and the last one. A bit of an unusual one. This is for your own personal hygiene. Actually if you’re an office worker or if you ride to college
perhaps, anything like that. And you suffer from a bit of
the old funk here and there, or you actually have some friends that do. I know there’s some people
in our office that do. I’ll leave some of this
stuff lying around. Dry shower, much like the
hair stuff you can get, to achieve the same
effect to get the grease and stuff out your hair,
you best you foam it up, put it on, it evaporates and
leaves you smelling quite nice. Some people at GMBN could
take a tip from that I reckon. Well, cheers for watching and hopefully there’s some good tips here. Don’t forget to subscribe
and share our stuff around. See you later guys.


Reader Comments

  1. 1 year. Then I can finally properly go into this passion/sport without the judgment and time consuming school / people. 🙂 these tips will surely help me out a lot

  2. As a diver myself I recommend using spit cause strangely …… it never fails! Just remember to rinse the spit out or it will affect your vision

  3. Doddy, helpful info. Missed a bit though, ridding shorts and Chamois care! I had to go over to GCN for helpful info to eliminate Saddle Sores.

  4. Biggest trouble for me is keeping my helmet smelling fresh. Or at least not stinking.
    I tend to sweat a lot, even in cold weather.
    I will try that foamfresh!

  5. Forget that newspaper in wet shoes. Point a fan towards the heels of your shoes so the air goes into the shoes and around the shoes. They will be 100% dry by morning.

  6. Any suggestions on what glasses to get? I currently wear sunglasses but don’t have any comfortable clear glasses for darker weather.

  7. Great episode/advice. Already do a lot of it. With regard to helmets, I always wear either a Cycling Cap or a Skull Cap under my helmet. Keeps the sweat off of the helmet and you only need to wash these items.

  8. As a diver, my buddies and I use toothpaste for anti-fog. Rub in & rinse out – you can get a lot more bang for buck this way and still don't have to spit. Also the minty fresh smell is kind of a bonus, if you're into that.

  9. #askgmbntech Hello GMBN Tech, I have a quick question. When it comes to shifter cables, is it best to have the shift cable through a full length cable housing, or does it not really matter? My Jamis Defcon by design has an internally routed shifter cable that uses Two separate cable housings, one from the BB to the rear derailleur and one from the upper top tube to the shifter itself, and just bare wire in the frame. My bike always has issues downshifting. I've been through all of the components and the only questionable thing that still remains is the two piece cable housing. What do you think? Would that have any effect on the downshifting? Do you prefer full length cable housings? Also it's a shimano XT derailleur and a shimano slx shifter. Goes up the gears just fine, struggles coming down Always!! It's Annoying and Dangerous.
    Thank you #askgmbntech

  10. Oh so Im not the only one who saves those silicon packs for drying purposes xD I learned that trick from somone in airsoft during my first Milsim event and just carried it over to my cycling as well

  11. One time i was climbing so i put my eyewear on my sternum strap- got to the top of the trail and reached down for my glasses( they werent there!) I rolled back down with them nowhere to be found

  12. Spit wont work on glasses or bike goggles…at all. And will rub off any antifog and ruin.ur vision. Dive masks u rinse after spit, and cant notice any distortion…very different.
    And ur more likely to steam up in damp cold air!

  13. 1:29 my consern is how it would effect mye eyes, if it's bad for them or the skin, if I would get if I would get allergic reaction or eye damage.  IU would not use any thing liek that unless I knew exactly what was in it and what evry thing in it does.

  14. 1:44  spit also works great to make any glove touch screen compatible, but it might freeze in subsero temps. I wear off the stitching or touch screen compatible patches quite fast the stitching/thread last much longer of course.

  15. 5:52 as I mentioned before this product does not work. just use hand soap instead. this product is supposed to be a cleaner but that does not actually work, it only ads a citrus smell to the stuff you spray it on.
    that's pointless, I don't want to ride in sweat and dirt soaked helmet, that smells liek citrus, I want a clean gear, I regularly wash everything and have double of everything, and gloves I have many of. here is my review of Muc off Foam Fresh: https://wp.me/p60aTF-284

  16. Radiators promote fungal growth, their just the right temperature to make mould grow real quick then everything will stink 🤢 also those Cilicia beads can be dried in the microwave in a microwave proof dish, just be careful as they get hot enough to burn you!

  17. You guys posted a year ago that you we’re going to make a video about cheap eBay carbon fiber full suspension frames. When do you guys think that video will come out?

  18. If your glasses are GLASS not plastic, then toothpaste defogs them the best. Rub, rinse, repeat. This is what i used to tell my divers on their goggles.

  19. MET have a silicone gel front pad for their helmets, and it comes with a bunch of velcro stickers that should make it compatible with any helmet with a long enough surface/strap against the forehead. I find that more comfortable than a soaked decomposing foam pad, although depending on your head geometry it can mean more sweat running around your eyes.

  20. Shower after your ride, with your helmet, gloves and shammy (if you wear one) scrub with soap or shampoo works great. GCN tip.

  21. A tip I picked up to dry out wet shoes is to stuff them with newspaper and leave them to dry overnight but nowhere near a heat source or an open fire.

  22. Thanks Doddie ! Riding in muddy conditions half of the year, I already use most of your technics 😉 Anyway, I'v found some useful tips !

  23. OMG I did not know that Muc Off made an anitfog spray! I watched a few other vids that showed how well it works and ordered up a bottle, winter in the PNW is well… moist and I wear glasses so Fingers crossed this stuff works as well as it seems, thanks guys!

  24. Thanks for the tips, my shoes smell like someone died in there. Have to try Doddy's method and stop eating those silicia packs finally.

  25. Doddy man, your a lovely man, but please please please its 'silica' not 'silca'. while we are at it, its 'insert' not 'inzert'.

  26. to dry your shoes, buy a shoe dryer on ebay. its the best invention for a cyclists. set a timer and come back when they are dry.

  27. When washing helmet pads, use a little laundry bag often used for bras, they're a lot smaller than the bag of your helmet

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