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How/when to wash cycling clothing(16 posts)

How/when to wash cycling clothingJuniorgriff
May 25, 2003 7:55 PM
I am a relitively new cyclist and I was just wondering how and when to wash my cycling clothing. It says on the label to hand wash them, but do I have to wash them by hand all the time? How often should I wash them?
Hand wash, hang dry after EVERY ride.c722061
May 25, 2003 8:09 PM
you have a lot of time on your hands, don't you?ColnagoFE
May 27, 2003 6:57 AM
I'll sacrifice a little wear and tear on my $40 Performance bibs for the convenience of throwing 'em in the wash. That said...I do hand wash my Assos F1-13s. ;)
re: How/when to wash cycling clothingBroomwagon
May 25, 2003 8:18 PM
I've always machine washed my clothing. No problems at all--just be sure to wash it in cold water.
as long as you change your socks,keep your ass clean and are notBarnyard
May 25, 2003 8:49 PM
a stinky guy who is really going to give a dam? Just don't wear that stinky polyproplene. I lived with a guy who had a bunch of polypro. He worked all the time and was very stinky. Polyester has some great antibacterial qualities. I have a long sleeve polyester jersy great waffle type fabric that stays so clean. After many many years I recently tore it in an early season crash sliding on sand. Faithfully I repaired it with a needle and thread. Finally, life is to short to worry about washing your bike cloths. Wash them when you got the time.
Machine wash delicate cycle/hang dry...DINOSAUR
May 25, 2003 9:48 PM
During the summer I usually wash my stuff after each ride. During the winter I go by the stink factor. If you have about 5 pairs of shorts and likewise number of jerseys you can rotate and things last a long time....just read the instructions on the label for washing, some things can go in the dryer (like socks and headsweats)...the stuff that can hang dry will dry overnight....
do what i doFrith
May 26, 2003 6:00 AM
If you worked hard enough to warrant a shower after your ride (most rides) then just toss them in the tub. At the end of your shower soap em up with the same soap you used to clean yourself. I also keep a bit of anti-bacterial soap in there for the chamois and jersey pits. Hang em over the shower rod and there you go. On top of that I usually machine wash the whole lot whenever I do a load....usually every week. I take no extra precautions just use cool water (do that anyway) and take them out half way through the dry cycle *IF* I remember to...if I don't oh well.
re: How/when to wash cycling clothing12x23
May 26, 2003 6:14 AM
I only wear them once before washing and accumulate a load to do them all at once. I use cold water and the same wash/spin cycle as my other clothing, except for a second rinse cycle. I dry them in the dryer on medium heat and have been doing so the last couple of years. I haven't noticed any change in the lifespan of my cycling clothes vs hanging them to dry.

I've used this procedure on all of my stuff; Giordana, Voler, Performance Elite bibs, Santini, Nalini, Verge, DeFeet, Garneau, Castelli, etc. If anything, they seem to retain their fit better after a ride in the clothes dryer.
My clothes shower with me after every rideAsphalt Addict
May 26, 2003 6:58 AM
First thing I do after getting home from a ride is to take my shorts and jersey and throw them in the shower. I rinse them out throughly and hang them up on a plastic hanger to drip dry. Avoid washing machines and quality stuff lasts forever. Well, until your next crash.
As one who sweats a lot, I wash clothes after each ridedzrider
May 26, 2003 8:07 AM
I dry shirts in the dryer and hang shorts. I'm much too lazy to buy any clothing that says hand wash only.
Machine wash the same dayMR_GRUMPY
May 26, 2003 10:44 AM
machine dry only if your dryer has a dryness sensor. I set it so that they are slightly damp when done. Hang up, and they will will be ready shortly.
I only wash my gloves once a week, unless they get a lot of snot on them.
re: How/when to wash cycling clothingNewDayNewWay
May 26, 2003 3:43 PM
Wash in the washing machine after every ride. Cold water no detergent. Hang to dry. Most things dry overnight if hanged up properly.
Do like The Bull!the bull
May 26, 2003 4:32 PM
Once a week or so, I wash all cycle stuff.
Check jersey pockets!
Warm/cold 1/4 scoop of soap then dry in dryer for 10 to 15 minutes with fabric softener!
How to operate a clothes dryerKerry
May 26, 2003 4:52 PM
Put your full load into the dryer, set on medium heat for about 30 minutes (YMMV), and then switch to tumble dry (no heat) until things come dry. You'll save a lot of energy and never shrink anything, no matter how heat sensitive. Also, if you pull things while still tumbling, they'll have fewer wrinkles. A hint from Heloise!
How to operate a clothes dryerkoala
May 26, 2003 6:01 PM
We are seeing a domestic side of Kerry!
Expert advice on care...Breakfast
May 26, 2003 5:18 PM
If you want to keep lycra a long time here are some suggestions:

Hand or machine wash in mild detergent and warm water. Hang dry or tumble on low. Don't use enzyme containing detergents, pre-washes, or any type of fabric softeners. Wash immediately after use and don't allow lycra items to be damp for extended periods or allowed to develop bacteria in hot, airtight environments like your car trunk.

Things that contribute to breakdown of lycra are, chemicals, chlorine, grease or oils, sunscreens, sweat and body oils. Care after exposure is vital.

So, the best way may be to hand wash in warm water with a mild detergent made for delicates and then to hang dry immediately after your rides so they're not lying around damp in the car or clothes hamper.