Cleaning a Motorcycle Helmet is Easy

Cleaning your motorcycle helmet is not something you feel like doing, its something you should consider doing. I remember those days when I was on my bike. Riding in mud and rain. Catching the bugs, insects, and random people throwing fast food at me. I got all types of dirt thrown on me. During those days, I was going out a lot and had a hard time seeing things. My helmet vision was poor and I lied about it. Avoid my mistakes by cleaning the motorcycle helmet. I didn’t feel like doing it and you don’t. But, the helmet glass that affects your vision can cause you to crash the bike in two. Say no to not cleaning your helmet and make it happen anyway. Even, a little effort making the glass shine up is useful. Here are a few ways to clean your helmet below.

Buy Some Cleaning Equipment

First, get your hands on some cleaning equipment for helmet. Your going to be using it to wipe the outside and inside of motorcycle helmet. You shouldn’t need too much stuff. Only the basics will be good to clean a motorcycle helmet. You could buy high tech cleaning gear for helmet but that is optional. Low grade cleaning tools work just as good for motorcycle helmet cleaning. The three main things you need are liquid soap, toothbrush, and small clean cloth. These three things will give you the tools for dusting the exterior helmet parts and shinning the helmet visor. Should be all you need to get the basic exterior and see glass done. Now, if you want to take it a step further. You should take out the helmet pads and clean the area behind the helmet pads. This will allow more air to come in and make your helmet more comfortable. By and large, you’ll have a good clean if you follow this tip.

Moreover, buy cleaning supplies that you can afford. There are people who claim you need certain soap to make the helmet spotless clean. That only applies to cleaning the visor area. If you want the visor to be extra clear you can buy fancy soap. When it comes to cleaning outside helmet parts, you can use regular soap to clean. Regular soap will be sufficient enough to clean your motorcycle helmet. Do not believe everything you read from some hot shot. Consequently, you might have some spots on the exterior that are smears. That happens to cars as well. I suppose stepping up your soap game would get rid of those tiny grey left over soap spots on helmet. However, that is not really a big deal. The spots are small and you won’t notice them when your driving. If it is a big deal, then go get no smear soap.

Remove the Electronics in Your Helmet

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Electronics must come out of your helmet for every clean. I shouldn’t have to tell you to take out the best helmet with bluetooth component and so forth. You should just know that water and electricity do not mix. I remember getting water in my laptop keyboard once. The thing stopped working almost immediately. Water must not be mixed with electricity. You could damage all the items you decided to spend extra money on. Unnecessary items I might add. Do you really need to listen to music while riding a motorcycle? Look, you can do what you want. But, you got to remove the electronics when cleaning that motorcycle helmet and use your smart brain on the road.

 Only Use Bluetooth in Helmet to Call People

I want to warn you once more. Do not use bluetooth for anything other than calling people on the road. When your on that bike, things happen really fast and you got to react to it. I almost died on my bike once. I advise you to use bluetooth to call people only. Calling does not take up too much of your focus. It’s when you listen to music and get caught up in some TV series on the highway is when you fall off your bike. The best helmet with bluetooth should only be used to call people. Do not listen to music or get caught up in TV events. If you want to listen to music, listen to music without words. Do not let anything distract your focus of watching the road. One little thing can mess you up. I hope you get the warning.

USAC Level 1 Routesetting Clinics: Summer 2012

We have recently scheduled two new public Level 1 Clinics for this summer, at Mesa Rim Climbing Center in San Diego, California, and Climb Iowa, in Des Moines, Iowa. A Level 1 Clinic is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in improving their overall routesetting, learning fundamental skill sets for competition routesetting, and taking the

first step towards advancing as a USAC competition routesetter.

The currently scheduled clinics are detailed below. Please read below for more information and find a link to register for either of these clinics. Additional clinics will be scheduled for later in the year in various regions. If you are interested in hosting a clinic at your facility, please go to the hosting section of this website where you can read details of the hosting options and download an information form. Contact Chris Danielson at [email protected] with any questions or to schedule a clinic.

July 20th and 21st – Mesa Rim Climbing Center, San Diego, California. This clinic will be instructed by John Muse, Level 5 USAC Routesetter, Chief Routesetter for the most recent Youth ABS Nationals, and Routesetter for this year’s Vail Boulder World Cup.

August 11th and 12th – Climb Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. This clinic will be instructed by Luke Bertelsen, Level 5 Routesetter, former Chief of ABS Youth Nationals and also a Routesetter for the Vail Boulder World Cup.

The Participation Fee for a Level 1 USAC Routesetting Clinic is $145.00. A $55 USAC Routesetter Annual Membership is also mandatory, and if you are not already a member, you may also purchase the membership online while registering. Successful participants in the clinic will receive Level 1 Certification.

Participation is capped at 20 for both of these clinics. We welcome beginner and experienced routesetters alike and anyone with 6 months or more experience as a Routesetter who can work V3 or 5.10 can join a clinic. Through the registration process you will be provided with a registration confirmation form and USAC Routesetter profile form which you can complete and send to the instructor of the clinic. Please register directly for any of the clinics here.

Please contact John Muse at [email protected] or Luke Bertelsen at [email protected] with questions about the specific clinics.  Contact Chris Danielson, Chairman of the Routesetting Committee, at [email protected] with any general questions about the USAC Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program.

National Routesetting Applications – SCS Open Nationals & CCS Nationals

The application period is open to apply for the next upcoming National events this spring. If applying for positions at SCS Open or CCS Nationals – please be sure to review the certification requirement needed to apply for each position before applying. With any questions, contact the Chief Routesetter of the event or Chris Danielson, Chair of the USAC Routesetting Committee at [email protected] Please download an application from the Resources Page and send to the Chief Routesetter of the event.

SCS Open Nationals: March 27 – 28, 2015; Central Rock Watertown; Watertown, MA

There are two Assistant positions, one Apprentice position and one Intern position available at SCS Open Nationals, held in Watertown, Massachusetts March 27 – 28, 2015. You must have L4 Certification to apply for an Assistant position, Level 3 to apply for an Apprentice position, and Level 2 to apply for an Internship position. Send application to Chief Routesetter Bret Johnston at [email protected]

CCS Nationals: April 17 – 18, 2015; Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness; San Diego, CA

There are three Assistant, three Apprentice, and two Internship positions available at ABS Youth Nationals, held in San Diego, California, April 17 – 18, 2015. You must have L4 Certification to apply for an Assistant position, Level 3 to apply for an Apprentice position, and Level 2 to apply for an Internship position. Send application to Chief Routesetter Nic Oklobzija at [email protected]

ABS Setters: Top of Their Game at Nationals

USA Climbing would like to extend a huge thank you to the route setters of the ABS National Championships held recently in Boulder, Colorado.

Open Chief Setter, Kynan Waggoner lead USAC professional setters Jamie Emerson, Chris Danielson, Scott Mechler and Kyle McCabe with forerunning help from Johnny Hork, to construct some of the most creative and challenging problems US climbers have ever faced.

In addition to setting problems that would separate the strongest climbers in the country, they also were working with a new scoring system adopted from the IFSC World Cup circuit. Using this “Zone” system the crew deftly handled separating the field and ended the comp with no ties.

Also that same weekend was the ABS Youth National Championship.

Youth Chief Setter Mike Helt ran his National Setters, Jeremy Hardin, Kyle Mrohs, Luke Bertelsen and Intern Matt Hulet through 7 long days and nights of setting challenging kid friendly problems that ranged in style from full dynamic power to slab-tastic.

The crew deftly juggled the technical and creative aspects of setting for the strongest young guns in the country.

In the end the Youth crew held 4 successful and exciting super-finals to break ties in D, C and A categories.

Find complete results at usaclimbing.org.

National Interns Wanted! Apply Now.

The 10th season of the American Bouldering Series (ABS) is kicking off this October and that also means that Nationals is just around the corner.

Youth Chief Setter Mike Helt is looking to fill one intern spot on his ABS Nationals crew held this February at The Spot in Boulder, Colorado. This three day event is the culmination of a seasons worth of work for young competitors across the country.

Also looking to bring in an National intern is Chief Setter for the SCS Adult Open, Kevin Branford. The SCS Open is held during the Winter OR Show in Salt Lake City and features some of Americas top lead climbers.

If you want to become a National Setter than this is the place to start. Go to the Certification page to check out the pre-requirements. Then go to the Comps page to download the Intern application form and return it to the appropriate Chief by October 10th for a chance to be at the top of American setting.