Conclusions: The Smell

This tale starts off in a romantic whirlwind. I had just finished riding and, after dropping my bike off at home, went straight to Ryan’s house. I hadn’t changed yet and was sporting my usual shorts and whatever shirt I had clean at the moment. He pulled me in close for an embrace… looked deeply into my eyes and said something I’ll always remember:

“You should write about how all your riding clothes stink all the time now.”

Ah, young love…

While not exactly tactful, he did have a point. I had a grand total of two sports bras and two pairs of shorts and I definitely did not have time to be washing them every day or every other day. Let alone how wasteful that would be water-wise just to wash those items. That led to a kind of.. well you could call it a build up. This wasn’t helped by the fact that I couldn’t wash my pads because they needed to hang to dry and where I live is too damp for them to dry within a day.

So I embarked on a journey of de-stinkifying myself. Of course I was showering like crazy and I, personally, was not smelly but the minute my gear went on you could smell me from a mile away. Eyes watered and dogs scattered.

I googled how to get rid of permasmells on clothing and came across several things saying I should soak my clothes in white vinegar. I did this with my beloved Sombrio jersey and then soaked it in detergent and then washed it in more. The result: a now vinegarry perma-BO. It was even more glorious than before! This was definitely a side effect that I didn’t even consider when starting my 45 day journey and it ended up being one that really got to me. Even my CamelBak backpack stank! It was an olfactory awakening and a clear indication that perhaps I should buy some more gear if I’m going to ride that often.

Luckily, I can report, that since then I have managed to de-stinkify my clothing. It took numerous washings with long pre-wash soaking periods in detergent to get them back to normal but at least I didn’t lose any of my favourite pieces to such an unworthy cause.

What about you? Anyone else have smell problems? Any amazing solutions out there?

2 Replies to “Conclusions: The Smell”

  1. I know cycling clothing isn’t cheap but if you’re riding that often, it’s a good investment! I feel like frequent showering and anti-perspirant causes your body to overcompensate. Maybe I’m just lucky… except I do have extraordinarily stinky feet. I keep a pair of climbing shoes in my locker at work and if I leave a t-shirt hanging from the hook in there for longer than a day, it will stink of feet. I wouldn’t even be surprised if the guy whose locker is above mine wonders why HIS clothes smell like feet.

    Anyway, I guess my advice is to spend money on more cycling clothes. You’re welcome!

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    1. Bwa ha ha. Smelly feet are so difficult because you can’t really de-stink shoes. You try but nothing works.

      I do plan on getting more clothing but I definitely need some more moolah before that can happen. It helps that I won a jersey in a raffle! Two jerseys woo!

      But the bras…….. I need new bras.

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