Welcome to Thoughts from the Road. Here’s Nick and Bec Simmonds on keeping your adventure bike boots clean and your feet healthy on the road…
Nick and Bec Simmonds decided that they were no longer prepared to wait for that elusive “one day”. So they left home in New Zealand, shipped two Honda CB500X bikes to the US and started their round the world ride.
Follow their awesome adventures here:
Bike Boots and the Sweet Smell of Success
Adventure boots are a substantial investment, so they have to a) do the right job (protection), and b) last as long as possible.
One of the main differences between your long-distance adventure boots and other footwear is that you are going to be wearing them for up to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week in climates that range from toes that feel like frozen peas to sweat running all the way down your body to and pooling in said boots.
It’s not going to take long for them to end up smelling like a dead rat in the wall cavity, and have the ability to make people gag from the other side of the room.
Both our pairs have now done 50,000kms and we are happy to say that we can still stick our heads inside the boot without passing out and store them inside the tent at night and out of the reach of scorpions and spiders!
So how do we do this? (And for the record one of us is renowned for having stinky feet).
- Take care of those pinkies. Wash and dry between your toes daily and moisturise too. Utilise those free bottles of body lotion you occasionally get in hotels.
- Wash your socks daily (shower works a treat). If they don’t dry overnight, then bungy them to luggage to air dry during the day’s ride and use your spare pair.
- Most importantly, you have got to prevent the fungus and bacteria that cause these odours from getting a “foot in the door.” So every 1-2 weeks, add a good squirt of an athlete’s foot/jock itch powder and shake it around the boot. Remember that your boots need to be dry when you do this or you will end up having a foot that looks and smells like a piece of freshly battered fish at the end of your next day’s ride.
Good luck …you’re going to need it!
Nick and Bec Simmonds
Have you ever washed your bike boots? Do you have any tips or tricks to share? Let us know in the comments below.