Keep Your Cool and Avoid Salty Straps

As the South African summer rolls in, we're all eager to hit the road and bask in the sunshine. With the rising temperatures, however, comes the inevitable summer sweat. A clean helmet is essential not only for hygiene but also for ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable ride. In this post, we'll guide you on how to wash and keep your Giro and Bell Cycling Helmets spick and span. Ya, No Lekker! 

These are the steps and we'll discuss them further below:

  1. Suds Up
  2. Gentle Scrubbing
  3. Rinse and Repeat
  4. Air Dry
  5. Reassemble and Refresh
  6. Bonus: Maintain Regularly

Step 1: Disassemble with Care

Begin by removing any detachable parts of your helmet, such as the visor and padding. Giro and Bell helmets are designed for easy disassembly, ensuring a thorough cleaning process.

Step 2: Suds Up

Prepare a soapy mixture using mild dish soap and warm water. Avoid using harsh detergents, as these can degrade the helmet's materials over time. 

Step 3: Gentle Scrubbing

Using a soft cloth or sponge, gently scrub the helmet's shell, focusing on areas with visible dirt or sweat stains. For the padding and straps, submerge them in the soapy water and gently agitate to dislodge dirt.

Step 4: Rinse and Repeat

Rinse the helmet shell, padding, and straps thoroughly with clean water, ensuring all soap residues are washed away. Remember, leftover soap can attract more dirt!

Step 5: Air Dry

Allow the helmet and its parts to air dry completely in a shaded area. South Africa's warm summer breeze will expedite the process. Avoid placing your helmet in direct sunlight or using a hairdryer as extreme heat can compromise the helmet's integrity.

Step 6: Reassemble and Refresh

Once completely dry, reassemble your Giro or Bell helmet. Consider using a helmet deodoriser or a light spritz of a fabric freshener to keep it smelling fresh.

Maintain Regularly

In South Africa's sweltering summer, regular maintenance is key. A quick wipe down after rides can prevent sweat buildup and prolong the life of your helmet.


By incorporating these simple steps into your cycling routine, you can ensure your Giro and Bell helmets are always clean, comfortable, and ready for your next adventure. Explore our range of helmets and cycling accessories at our online store, and gear up for a fantastic summer of cycling! 

Stay fresh and keep pedaling!

November 11, 2023