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Washing Winter Cycling Jacket & Gloves - how often?(5 posts)

Washing Winter Cycling Jacket & Gloves - how often?Fez
Jan 22, 2003 7:19 PM
Maybe commuters can chime in, but I read awhile back that only layers that directly touch the skin need to be washed after every ride. Outer layers can be worn many times as long as you hang them to dry.

So assuming one always starts out with clean base layers and rides in a clean and dry route, how many rides can you get out of your heavy winter outer jacket before it needs wash?

And what about winter gloves like the PI Amfib? I used to wash them very frequently, but I found they broke down much faster and started losing their insulating properties. Do liners help with keeping them cleaner?
Gotta wash the salt off.MB1
Jan 23, 2003 6:32 AM
I know our outer layer has been getting a lot of salt from the road. That stuff will really harm your clothing so we wash the outer layer several times a week.

We layer our clothes including gloves so the inner layer goes in the wash every day. Today I wore a silk&wool liner under a ski glove under a wind block lambskin glove. I'll wear a different liner tomorrow.

We figure having several sets of clothing for any and all types of weather is well worth it since we know we plan to ride every day. Clothes seem to last a lot longer if you switch them off every day.
As much as they need it . . .ms
Jan 23, 2003 6:37 AM
My rule of thumb is that anything that is wet (or moist) gets washed before it it worn again. Thus, in warm weather, I never wear anything twice. In cold weather, my winter jacket, tights and gloves usually do not get too much moisture from the inside -- so I usually can wear them two or three times before I wash them. But, sometimes they need it more often because of external stuff that gets on them. For example, the roads around my house have so much salt on them that I have white dust on my outer layers even when it is dry. And, there always is the problem of wayward snot.

I have found that my AmFib tights are losing their wind resistance from too much washing. My Assos jacket seems to be doing OK. I have several pairs of gloves so each pair of gloves has not been washed too much to make a difference.
As much as they need it . . .Fez
Jan 23, 2003 7:08 AM
You wrote:

In cold weather, my winter jacket, tights and gloves usually do not get too much moisture from the inside -- so I usually can wear them two or three times

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I have the opposite problem.

I used to wear a PI Kodiak Jacket on the outside. It usually kept me dry and warm, but it didn't do a good job of keeping the cold wind out.

So now on cold windy days I wear a PI Barrier Jacket (fleece inside with wind/water resistant panels in front). Keeps me warm, but I think it doesn't breathe well because its pretty soaked with moisture on the inside after each ride.
re: Washing Winter Cycling Jacket & Gloves - how often?shawniemc
Jan 23, 2003 10:25 AM
I wash my outer layers once a week with all of my other bike clothes. I have enough inner layers for every day of the week and that way I have one load of bike laundry to do on the weekends.