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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bring on the FUNK!

A couple of weeks ago I went for a spirited bike ride on a Saturday morning. It was hot. It was humid. The ride was challenging. Now, normally I only ride from my house so I don’t have to pack up the bike and gear. But these Saturday morning rides are off of the trace.

It is not a big deal to have to drive to get to the ride but I hate the idea of driving to ride. But that is not the point of this post.

Immediately following the ride I loaded up my bike and stowed my gear in my car. I put my flippy floppies on and walked over to chew the fat with the other cyclists. We chatted for a few minutes and then it was time to drive home. When I got back to my vehicle the smell from my cycling gloves and my cycling shoes was horrendous! I actually put the gear in the bed my truck they were so bad.

You see, I rarely wear socks when I ride and often I do not wear socks when I run. The entire funk of the session eventually ends up in the shoes. There is no avoiding it. But what do you do?

Rinse out a 5 gallon bucket.

Gather up the funk - gloves are soaked through!

Filly shoes - they should be more silver than grunge.

Add your detergent of choice - this is Oxiclean

Add gear to bucket and agitate

Notice the sparkling white!

The funky water - it was worse last time.

This guy was helping out in the garage!

I later placed the gear inside next to a fan.  The smell was gone.  The shoes were clean.  Order was restored with the cycling gods.


  1. here is a news paper in your shoes. It will dry them out even faster. I SOOO need to wash my cycle shoes. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Aha! Thats how you do it! Thanks for the tip. I have the same tri shoes and they are.....RIPE!

  3. Man... I sweat like crazy but it usually ends up in my shorts.

    Never had to wash my shoes yet... they never stink! Thank goodness!

  4. Hello! I stopped over here after seeing your post about the song Galvanize on 'Alwaya a Reason to Run' blog...had to, because...OMG...listened to it this morning on my road and am hooked on it!!

  5. GOOD timing on this one, now I don't think my boyfriend will leave me because my bike shoes smell so bad.

  6. Ok, I guess it's that time of year. I dipped 3 pair this week in my mop bucket. The stench was killing me. I laughed when I read your post tonight.

  7. Thanks for the info. I need to clean my sneaks and bike shoes as well.