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Recently I was taking some shots for a product review and somehow the trainer block that holds up my front tire ended up being part of the shot. As I reviewed the shot in question on the camera, I realized just how dirty and gunk-filled the trainer block was.
This probably shouldn’t be surprising, since I’d never once cleaned it – which meant that it was basically a repository for sweat and random grime to accumulate in for the past…oh…couple years four years five months.
In fact, all those little sparkly things that you see are dried salt from sweat. Pretty awesome, huh? Then we’ve got bits of dirt and stuff that falls off my front tire after outdoor rides, and ends up there. Plus there’s the occasional cookie crumb from whatever I might be eating. And then of course, don’t forget the gel either. Very well hardened gel.
It was at this point that any cleaning job that I attempted would probably take a bit of effort. And with all the totally funky peaks and valleys of this block – it was going to be anything but fun. Thus, I decided the only way forward would be the way that required the least amount of time. Behold…the dishwasher.
So I got it all situated on the bottom rack. Note however, that you’ll actually want to flip it over – since otherwise the side you’re trying to get clean will fill up with water. And once it fills up with water, the jets won’t penetrate the grime. The other side will of course fill up, but we don’t much care though that the backside gets filled up since that’s already clean.
Luckily my dishwasher has a half-load option, so I can choose whether to wash the top or bottom. So I just set it for the bottom. I also set the jets on super-strong. I decided that the sanitary setting was unnecessary, as I typically don’t lick the extra gel from the trainer block.
Then, I let it run!
About 15 minute the dishwasher was making some rather rough sounds. I realized that it was actually the strong jets bouncing water off of the trainer block at strange angles – an otherwise unusual item to be in a dishwasher. Additionally, the emptiness made a strange echo. In the process of that, The Girl ‘requested’ for the dishwasher to be temporarily put on hold until she could finish what she was doing in the kitchen since the noise was a bit…abrasive. It was then that I realized it was already done, nice and sparkly – no further cleaning needed!
So, in short, you can actually get away with just washing it for about 15 minutes (no soap needed), and it’ll be all good to go. No need to run either the full load, or the full timeframe. Once done, the thing was looking pretty happy!
You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
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The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.