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post #1 of 8 Old 06-01-2014, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping your gear in good shape?

So I just got some new boots.

All tallied up, I've got over a grand in riding gear.

My pants and jacket are combination mesh and leather.
My boots and gloves are mostly leather.
My helmet is... well, it's a helmet.

I've already got a scratch on my visor from not putting the helmet in its fabric bag when I put it in my top box. I also have a chip in the paint from when I set it on the seat and it fell off.
I'm kicking myself for that and not even sure if it's safe anymore. (Should I have it X-Rayed?)

Now I'm getting paranoid about my gear.

Should I be using any leather conditioners on my boots or the leather on my jacket and pants?
How do I keep the foot funk outta my boots?

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-01-2014, 10:19 PM
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for leather i recommend, cadillac water repellent, works ok for me.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-01-2014, 10:56 PM
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gear maintenance

I do almost nothing, and I have more gear overall than you (not all worn at once). I wash my visor in diluted dish detergent, and periodically buy a new visor.

Contrary to old wives tales dropping your helmet from seat of bike to the pavement will not damage it -unless you are very very creative.

I wear a hiviz safety vest over my riding jacket, that vest gets washed every few months.

My usual textile riding jacket (Firstgear) was bought well used via Craigslist, it gets washed once in a blue moon. Ditto my recently acquired old textile riding jacket (Tourmaster).

My Firstgear textile overpants finally wore out after about 6 years of use due to multiple zipper failures.

The old Firstgear Speed riding jacket had its zipper replaced - hand stitched y my wife.

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-01-2014, 11:11 PM
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Dribbling your helmet is probably no problem.
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There are products available that kill odors. Check in camping supply shops. Here's one: Granger's | G-Max Odour Eliminator | Maintaining Footwear

The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet have the same type of sweat glands. Underarm deodorant works to prevent the smell. Deodorant foot powder works in gloves and boots.

Wash fabric garments in soap for outdoor wear (remove the armor first), then treat with your choice of waterproofing...Nikwax, Grainger, ReviveX, etc.

There are a multitude of leather treatments. I use Leather Conditioner | Cleaner | Premium Leather Care | Leather Honey
(I also use Leather Honey for the car leather seats and the living room is thick and sticky like honey and takes time to soak in.)

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-02-2014, 12:28 AM
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instead of hand washing with Woolite, I put my gear in my jacquzzi, helmet I use Woolite as well, wash in a 5 gallon bucket, rinse, needs to dry in a well ventilated area, I have used a hair drier on low to speed things up

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-02-2014, 01:12 PM
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instead of hand washing with Woolite, I put my gear in my jacquzzi, helmet I use Woolite as well, wash in a 5 gallon bucket, rinse, needs to dry in a well ventilated area, I have used a hair drier on low to speed things up
Randy, I hope you aren't wearing your gear when putting it in the jacquzzi, that would be real weird
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-20-2014, 09:54 AM
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uh... PTRider...

from that snell FAQ

"The Foundation recommends that if you are participating in an activity that requires that you wear a helmet, you avoid hitting stuff with your head."

You sure you trust these guys? :P

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-20-2014, 06:04 PM
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I hate the first scratch or chip on a new helmet.
But they happen.

Something I heard when I started riding.
Your helmet can't fall off of the ground. I have a small spring clip on all my bikes. I use that to hold my helmet. Or I put it in my top box.

As for textile gear it gets washed about every year, I will damp cloth areas that are really bad.

Same deal, damp cloth my leather jackets.
I condition them not very often at all, like every five years or so.

I must be doing something right since I have leather jackets that I have owned for 20years and I bought them well used.
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