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Question about jerseys...(8 posts)

Question about jerseys...BradJackson
May 25, 2002 11:20 PM
Hi all, kind of an odd question here, but does anyone wash their jerseys with the rest of their clothes? I usually wash mine with my darks (I don't dry them in the dryer) and I'm noticing they're shrinking faster than they should. I have a few PIs and Specialized and want to hear if anyone does anything different like say, wash theirs in the sink/tub or whatnot. I only do clothes about once every week and a half, and only have 4 jerseys so usually end up washing one of them in the tub the morning before my afternoon ride just because I don't have enough clothes to do a full load, anyone else do this or any other washing techniques? Thanks for reading...hope you're having a great weekend.
re: Question about jerseys...Me Dot Org
May 26, 2002 8:07 AM
Mostly I wear wool jerseys, which can be worn many times without getting stinky. When they do, I hand wash them with woolite.

I wash synthetic jerseys with a little baby shampoo in the bathroom sink. Let them soak for 5 minutes, rinse, and hang dry overnight on the shower door. I do the same drill with headsweats, skullcaps, doo-rags, whatever you call them...

Why so much wool? This is a live shot of where I ride today:
re: Question about jerseys...filtersweep
May 26, 2002 9:08 AM
I formerly handwashed all my bike clothes, but they take forever to dry and my wife was ready to kill me as they dripped all over in the bathroom (apartment living). This year I am ONLY washing cycling clothes together on gentle cycle, cold water, in woolite. After the spin cycle, they take just a few hours to dry.

With all the synthetic fabrics, you'll end up with threadbare patches or pilling if you wash them with a full load... and don't wash them with anything VELCRO ;)
re: Question about jerseys...curlybike
May 26, 2002 12:12 PM
I was allof my cycling clothing in Ivory Snow(wool included) on the gentle cycle, cold &cold, and let them dry on a drying rack in the laundry room. This seems to make the colors hold up and without any size changing. Assos sez to not use Woolite for best results and clothing life. Also sweat should not be left in the clothes as it is detrimental to the Lycra, this also in Assos literature.
Going against the grainKerry
May 26, 2002 3:46 PM
I wash all our stuff (bike clothes included) in cold water (liquid detergent) with all colors mixed (we don't buy clothes that bleed, or we find out about it when our cottons change color!). I dry ca. 30 minutes on low heat, and then dry the rest of the way with no heat (tumble only). No shrinkage and things still last a long time. Agree that velcro can be hard on things, but we seldom have velcro stuff in the wash.
re: Question about jerseys...GreenFan
May 26, 2002 4:01 PM
After each daily ride I hand wash all of the items that I've just worn (jersey, shorts, gloves, wool socks) in the wash tub with a touch of woolite, let soak for a half hour or so, rinse and then lay al of the items out on a dry towel, roll it all up, and ring the excess water into the towel...all of the items come out almost dry and do not drip at all. My jerseys still look like new, my gloves are in great shape, only the printed logo on my shorts are starting to show wear.
re: Question about jerseys...BradJackson
May 26, 2002 7:46 PM
Thank you all for the responses, I just got into road biking in January and haven't made many friends yet due to the unsteady schedule of my work. I've been lurking on the boards here for a few weeks and know that everyone has opinions and vast knowledge, and I look forward to posting more questions in the future.

Again, thanks for the taking the time to respond, have fun riding.
Wash them all in the machine, withdjg
May 27, 2002 8:34 AM
colored clothing, set on cold wash/cold rinse and permanent press. I hang them to dry (after the spin cycle they're just not that wet anymore) and they're typically good to go by the next morning. I do this with jerseys and bibshorts and I haven't had any problems.