Skate - Stinky, Sweaty, Apparel

What is that smell?

With the arrival of the Summer, I've been skating a great deal of late, bathed in sunshine and rolling in the sweltering heat, which results in wet, sweaty, skate wear.

Even after a several thorough washes, I noticed my sports clothes still smell. This stuff should be clean, its just out the wash. No matter how many times I put them through the wash, my sports clothes still don't smell clean and fresh.

What's causing the smell? A quick Google search and I have my answer. Bacteria.

The problem is not caused by unclean sportswear, its related to synthetic fibers used in sports apparel. Cotton and other natural fibers are not affected. Odor causing bacteria lingers in synthetic fibers, after a wash. Natural body oils in sweat, stick to synthetic fibers, which ordinary detergents can't shift.  Sweaty clothes are a breeding ground for smelly bacteria. The bacteria provide the rank smell of unwashed sports wear, we all know and loathe. Regular wash powders don't kill the bacteria, which is re-activated the next time you use them.

How to deal with smelly sportswear

1.Hang To Air Dry

Take wet, sweaty, sportswear out of the bag, hang them up and allow to air dry. Don't leave them in a sports bag or dumped in a pile for washing later. The longer you leave your wet smelly sportswear in a bag or enclosed area, the more intense the smell. If you can't wash sports clothes straight away, hang and allow to “air out”. The sooner you get sportswear dry, the better.

2. Soak In Vinegar

An easy way to kill smelly bacteria and rid your sportswear of that rank odor, is to soak them in a white vinegar and water solution. 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water and soak for about 30 minutes then wash straightaway, as normal.

White vinegar has antibacterial properties and is a great odor remover

3. Machine Wash

Machine wash your sports wear as normal. Use the gentlest cycle the machine offers. Use the hottest water setting. If the smell persists, wash clothes more than once.

4. Drying

Thoroughly dry sportswear after washing and before storing away.

Sportswear Detergents

Sportswear specific detergents are now available. At present the products are only available in the US. If you can find these, give them a shot.

Tide Febreze Sport Detergent
WIN Sport Detergent
Hex Laundry Sports Detergent

Quote - Winston Churchill

Lady Astor:  Mr Churchill, if I were your wife, I'd put poison in your coffee.

Churchill:  If you were my wife, I'd drink it.
Secretary:  Mr Churchill, you are drunk!

Churchill:  Yes madam, and you are ugly. But in the morning, I shall be sober.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
About Stafford Cripps - British politician

Bio Or Non-Bio Detergents?

What is the difference?

I've been skating a lot in the good weather, almost every day. That generates a lot of dirty skate apparel, t-shirt, shorts, sox. It means, there's a lot of washing.

I was in a store buying detergents and I got to wondering about the difference between Bio and Non-Bio detergents. You see them splashed up big in the TV ads.

I asked a few girls at work, some are housewives, none knew the difference. I certainly didn't know, so it seemed the right time to Google.

Biological Detergents

Biological detergents contain enzymes, and no bleach. The enzymes break down difficult stains such as egg or blood. Small amounts of enzymes are used as they work throughout the wash. This allows a lower temperature wash as enzymes work at or below 40 degrees.

Bios clean better than non-bios, particularly at lower temperatures.

Non-Biological Detergents

Non Biological contains no enzymes, so the chemicals are harsher and rely on a hot wash to remove grease and dirt.

Non-bios clean well at high temperatures but none perform better than a bio in a cool wash. Most laundry experts prefer bio to non-bio as the detergent is washing the clothes rather than the hot water.

With heavily stained white laundry, add a booster whitener to the wash load.


Bios contain enzymes
Bios contain NO bleach

Use Bios for colours or delicates
Use Bios at a lower temperature

Non-Bios contain bleach
Non-Bios contain NO enzyme

Use Non-Bios for whites and lights
Use Non-Bios at higher temperature


Quote - Socrates

Children today, display bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect their elders, indulge in chatter instead of exercise. They do not rise when elders enter the room, contradict their parents, chatter in company and criticize their teachers.

(It seems little has changed in 2,000 years)

-- Socrates 469–399 B.C.

Nike Free Run OG

Lightweight Shoe

I love these Nike Free Run OG in black. They look great. I love the color, the texture, the sole and the heel. Its a shame I can't find a pair in my size.

I first saw them online and fell in love with the style, the sole and the colour combo.

I was in a Nike store today and found a pair on display. It was the last pair and a full size too small.

Talking with the sales assistant, he informed that Nike have a fast turnover of styles and colours. Its their policy to renew designs after a few months. It means most stores hold little stocks and most shoes have a very short shelf life.

Even if stores want more stocks, Nike have a limited production run on most new shoes. Some classic styles, such as Nike's Air Max are available for years without a break, aside from colour change, material upgrade or minimal tweaking of the style, but hot new ranges such as the Free Run shoe have a short product life.

New styles, new colours, new textures, new materials, new soles mean constant fast turnover of product both for Nike and the retail outlet. Its dependent on Nike producing great products and a constant demand. I'm no expert, but I can't see them getting that one wrong. They produce such great kit. Everyone, I mean everyone I know has at least one pair of Nike shoes.

I hope to be the proud owner of a second pair, if I can find them in my size.

I'm here in the UK and I found a seller on Ebay in the US with my size. Only problem is fitting. I'm not prepared to buy online without trying the shoe for size. I tried several different Nike shoes in the store and they vary so much in fit, length, width. With a $40 delivery charge, I don't think that's gonna happen.

I'll probably settle for Free Run OG in another colour.

The Nike brand is named after Nike the Greek goddess of victory.

Skate - Bauer X60R Weight

How Heavy?

There was little info on the weight of my Bauer Vapor X60R inline skates, and I was kind of interested as to how they compare with other quality blades. With the aid of a 'T' hex key and accurate kitchen scales, its possible to ascertain the weight of a size 8R skate.

With my insignificant knowledge and limited experience, I can postulate a quality skate needs, a minimum of four things:

1. A stiff shell
2. Copious supportive padding
3. A strong rigid chassis
4. A meagre weight


1. A stiff shell to provide foot and ankle support and minimize flex.
2. Supportive comfortable padding to obviate pain and discomfort.
3. A strong rigid chassis to transfer energy to earth without loss and hold shape.
4. Minimal weight to prevent fatigue, sluggish maneuvers for quick turns or jumps.

The Bauer X60Rs are lacking in number 2. The insole is far too thin for this boot. After two hours skating, metal rivets securing the metal chassis to the skate boot, press unforgivingly into the ball of your foot. Thicker insoles would be a major plus for this skate.

In the photos below:

Skate boot + insole + chassis weigh = 658 grams
Skate wheels x 4 with axles weigh = 458 grams

Total weight for boot + chassis + wheels + axles = 1116 grams.