The lazy man's way to wash your riding pants.

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After a particularly muddy and sweaty ride the other day, I simply left my helmet, pants and boots out on the porch after spraying the bike off. I was flat out killed from kicking, and picking up my 200cc Wunderpig, and couldn't be bothered with cleaning them. I hit the sack.
Poor pants and boots. There they sat for a days, fully encrusted with Eastern KY's finest creekbed mud. I finally cleaned my boots and goggles, but couldn't bring myself to wash those O'Neal pants. IF ONLY THEY WERE MACHINE WASHABLE! I spent a good 15 minutes on cleaning them last time. There had to be a better way.
There is now. After coming back from riding again, I saw the pants sitting there on the porch as I went inside to take a shower. I had a brainstrom; I throw the pants in the shower with me, and let them soak before I wash them tonight. As I showered, I nudged the pants to get them good and soaked when it hit me. Why not just put them on and clean 'em? I did, and it worked great. I got them twice as clean as the last time, and in only about 4 minutes. And since I was in the shower, there was no mess to clean up afterwards. I AM THE MAN!!!
 

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Hey, you can wash ALL your clothes like that ;)

I put all my gear right in the washing machine after I hose off the big chunks of mud. Never had a problem. I know people that put their goggles in the machine too.
 
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Even your helmet? Looks like you'll be needing a new agitator sometime soon. What is the lazy man's plan for helmet care? I sprayed some Febreeze in there to deodorize, but now its worse that ever. I'm tempted to take a water hose and detergent to it. IF ONLY IT HAD A REMOVABLE LINER!
 

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I throw all my gear in the washer (yes even goggles), but of course my helmet has a removable liner. If yours is one of the non removable variety just clean the inside with a bucket of soap and water, let it sit on a shelf right side up and point a fan towards the inside to dry it out.
 

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If my wife saw me in the shower with my riding gear on, the first thing she'd do is take a picture, then head to Lowe's for a new shower.
 

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Take a larger than necessary cooler to the ride. When you are done riding toss the gear in the cooler along with some water and a couple of full cans of whatever to agitate the mix, add a little laundry powder and they'll be considerably cleaner when you get home.
 

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For those times when Okie and Pokie come home really muddy, we lay the clothes in the grass, boots, helmets and all, and after power washing the bikes, we powerwash the clothes. If they are really bad, we spray them then with Simple Green and then throw them in the washing machine - they come out spotless! :)

above posted by shiftless.... using my log-on!!!... ban that woman!
the real Pokie
 
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Not machine washable?

I wash and machine dry my Oneal Hardware gear and my sons Elements gear all the time. They are not thread bare or faded?

vetwfo'er
 

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Originally posted by RedRyder
O'Neal pants. IF ONLY THEY WERE MACHINE WASHABLE!
You mean you read the label??? Hogwash (pardon the pun) Throw em in. Just put it on the delicate cycle and you will be fine goggles too.

WARNING. DON'T PUT YOUR GOGGLES IN THE DRYER!! THE FRAME WILL WARP AND SHRINK. Just let them air dry.
 

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Just hang them up with the mat hangers at the car wash and power wash them when you do the bike (same for the boots). Then just hang dry them in the garage.
 

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My plan is even EASIER! I come home and pile my gear by the washing machine then like magic the washing machine elfs pull the pads out, wash and dry the gear and hang it up on some nice sturdy hangers. Don't ask me where they came from 'cause I don't know but I sure hope they'll get stuck in the applicances when we move!:confused:
 

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Really Patman? I thought you dropped them off at the .75 cent drycleaners.:) Or maybe that's the cape.
 

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Power wash them, I always do after pretty much every ride. My pants stink like hell if I don't....
 
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Gear Cleaning

I agree with Patman. I bring my gear home and set it by the washer. The next time I go riding it is washed and folded in my gear bag. It is even soft because of the fabric softener.
 

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I push my bike into the tub after riding too, the jacuzzi jets get the chain real clean.