Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Cathryn, 8 Jun 2008.

  1. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    How should I best clean my touring shoes? We both have specialized taho shoes (Richard's are cleated, mine aren't) and they stink!!! :biggrin:

    Any bright ideas?
  2. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    washing machine? or soapy water in sink or bucket and scrubbing brush.
  3. aidanp

    aidanp New Member

    Toothbrush and the grit will be good to remove the stubborn grit from your teeth..
  4. OP

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I thought soapy water but didn't want to do something stupid and ruin them. Thanks!!
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

  6. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Soak in mild disinfectant solution overnight then wash and allow to dry. That's what I do anyway.
  7. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    I have two pairs of Tahos (both with SPD cleats) and have washed them a few times in the machine. Put them on a cool wash (max 30), slow spin, perhaps on a delicates cycle, and dry them naturally. Remove the laces first and remove the insoles (but put them in the machine with the shoes)

    Mine have not suffered in any way.


    ps I loved the CGOAB account of the trip
  8. OP

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Thanks for the advice and the comments as well. I'm working on the proper version now...I think it'll take forever, but it's great to look back on, isn't it!!
  9. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Ask Greg LeMond, I think he had a problem with this once......
  10. xilios

    xilios Über Member

    Maastricht, NL
    I put the same question on yahoo and most said freezing to kill the bacteria (with a good wash afterwards) would do the job. I'll probably try this later on with our shoes.
    We have hung them outside to air out for a few days now, but are convinced that the bacteria that causes the smell will have to be removed.
    Another said diluted amonia would definetly kill the bacteria, not sure about this though.
  11. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    They may well have done, but it's twaddle. Freezing just stops bacteria multiplying until they are warm again. Salmonella, for instance, can survive for years at a temperature your home freezer can't even get down to.

    Boiling will kill most bacteria, at the expense of ruining your shoes.

    Your smelly shoes will stop smelling after you have left them somewhere warm and dry for a few days, even if you do nothing else with them.
  12. xilios

    xilios Über Member

    Maastricht, NL
  13. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I thought he suffered from smelly dick?
  14. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Maybe, I don't know, but I do know that he shat himself in a stage of the TdF and it went all over him and the bike
  15. just jim

    just jim Guest

    Thanks for sharing!
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