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M2¢ for machine washing the $$$$$ cycling gear(8 posts)

M2¢ for machine washing the $$$$$ cycling gearcoonass
Oct 24, 2003 9:14 PM
such as layer clothing, long sleeve jerseys, tights, arm warmers, gloves, booties, socks [8 go in, 8 comes out], etc. is to purchase some 12"x14" nylon-mesh zippered bags (the ones that ladies use to machine wash their 'delicates'in; $3-$4 @ K-mart, Wal-mart). The bag takes the agitator abuse, your clothes won't be getting stretched or wrapped around the agitator and they'll look newer, longer. (after all, it's primarily perspiration that needs to be washed out). I pour 2 cups of clear vinegar in the final rinse to remove any soap residue from the items and they will feel 'new' and NO!, there won't be any vinegar smell.
re: M2¢ for machine washing the $$$$$ cycling gear12x23
Oct 25, 2003 6:00 AM
I wash mine the same minus the bags and dry them in the dryer on medium heat. I"ll try the vinegar. I haven't found anything to take the smell out of my gloves. My bibs/jerseys fit like new and I haven't noticed any excessive wear by using the machines.
Med. heat in dryer....??coonass
Oct 25, 2003 6:28 AM
Don't use a dryer....if you look at the clothing tags, it states "Hang dry". Heat definitely has a negative effect on the clothing, especially the Lycra (stretch properties) and rubber stitching in the shorts and tights..I bought a couple of wooden drying racks for this purpose, and when you take them out of the washing machine, they are 'virtually' dry anyhow...Personallyt, I don't regard this as 'too much trouble' due to the fact that jerseys cost >$60, shorts: $90; and I haven't even mentioned my ASSOS winter goodies.
My dryer tipvindicator
Oct 25, 2003 9:17 AM
I have an "air dry" (no heat) setting on my dryer. Tumbling my stuff with that setting gets it all dry without any heat damage and a lot easier than hanging each thing on a rack or draping each thing over all the family room furniture (my old method, which my wife loved).

I highly recommend it.
Good idea! Hadn't thought of that. nmdivve
Oct 25, 2003 9:29 AM
Another dryer tipKerry Irons
Oct 26, 2003 5:22 PM
Set in on low heat for about 30 minutes, then switch to tumble (no heat). The evaporating water will keep things relatively cool in that first 30 minutes, but you will remove the water a lot faster in the first 30 minutes, so your drying cycle will be a lot shorter than going no heat for the whole time.
Should have said12x23
Oct 25, 2003 9:39 AM
Easy Care setting. When I pull things out they are barely warm to the touch. It works for my Voler, Castelli, Nalini, Giordana, Garneau, Hincapie, Santini, etc., with no problems yet. I've been doing this several years. Now that I say that my gear will probably disentegrate when I go out the door and I'll look like the dude in the photos post below.
Thanks! (NM)High Gear
Oct 25, 2003 9:18 AM