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gel shorts gel in a wad(12 posts)

gel shorts gel in a wadMoney D
Jul 1, 2003 9:33 PM
my girlfriend threw my gel shorts in the dryer and now the gel pad is a big wad in the middle that makes them almost unwearable. they are eight-panel performance gel shorts. should I cut them open and try to smooth out the gel??? anyone had a similar experience?
sorry, you're SOL_rt_
Jul 2, 2003 4:44 AM
once the shorts have gone into the dryer the gel is toast. nothing you can do about it....well, except buy a new pair of shorts and tell your g-friend that cycling stuff doesn't like to be baked in the dryer. ;-)

Like rt said you're SOL...JL
Jul 2, 2003 4:48 AM
My friend's wife did the same thing to a pair of his Performance Gels. He tried what you suggested, but no luck. Hope they weren't too new.

The Performance Elite bibs are nicer and an "accidental" run through the dryer won't ruin them either.

Happy riding.

Performance elite stuff can always be dryedandy02
Jul 2, 2003 6:17 AM
I dry all of my shorts but I also hate gel anything it always seems to push on the wrong places after awhile
lycra will last longer if not dried..._rt_
Jul 3, 2003 6:16 AM
you can put lycra into the dryer but it will last longer if you hang your shorts/jerseys to dry.

rt - not a gel fan either
She put them in the dryer??!!Alexx
Jul 2, 2003 8:20 AM
Geez, I thought women knew all about doing laundry! I sure as sh!t wouldn't put cycling shorts in a dryer, gel or no gel. Didn't her mother ever teach her how to do laundry?
Send them back...HillRepeater
Jul 2, 2003 9:14 AM
Performance has a great return policy. If you feel the shorts shouldn't have messed up with one run through the dryer then send them back for refund or exchange.
You've got to be kidding.KG 361
Jul 2, 2003 9:36 AM
Great return policy or no, that's just "abuse". You should never put bike shorts in tthe dryer. He's SOL and should just be careful with the next ones.
I agree with KG....newridr
Jul 2, 2003 7:43 PM
It's completely unethical to send them back when the gf blew it on the laundry. People, let's accept some responsibility for our actions instead of accepting a free ride when we screw up. This, of course, is only aimed at those who totally abuse the system and not those of you who "do the right thing even when nobody is looking."

I would cut them open a little and see how bad the damage is. If it's bad, you now have the "you owe me big time" card to play with your girl (insert redemption method here). hehehe.
i used to work at Performance..._rt_
Jul 3, 2003 6:20 AM
and we would get people in who had thrown their gel shorts in the dryer and ruined them. if you read the washing instructions on the tag it says the shorts should be hung to dry.

nevertheless, you're right, Performance will accept returns on pretty much anything. though returning something like that is likely to get you the "idiot tax" the next time you want to buy/retun something.

Time for a new girlfriend or to do your own laundry! nmpitt83
Jul 2, 2003 11:11 AM
Mine did the same thing...Lone Gunman
Jul 2, 2003 3:59 PM
the dryer incident might have helped, BIMO, it would have happened sooner or later without the help of the dryer. The gel starts shifting around or gets twisted and you feel like you're sitting on a rope. Then it starts to ooze out through the fabric and gets on your saddle like boogers. Gimmick shorts, absolute garbage.