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Old 06-26-10, 01:48 PM   #1
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How Many Rides Between Bicycling Clothes Washes?

How many rides do you, as a 50+'r take in a particular jersey/short/whatever you wear before washing them?

This was supposed to be a poll, but I got a redirect on the screen and the poll would not post. So, tell us anyways!!

I wash my bicycling clothes after every ride

Wash after every 2-3 rides

Wash after every 4-5 rides

It's getting smelly - wash after 6-7 rides

Wash when the S/O complains that there is a dead mouse in the house.

Wash - what's that??

Something else?

Do you mostly hang dry, rather than in the dryer?

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Old 06-26-10, 01:53 PM   #2
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I wash bike clothes and me after every ride.
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Old 06-26-10, 01:56 PM   #3
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Wash after every ride- but it may take a couple of days before it does get washed.

Gloves- I rarely wash but after a wet ride- they take a shape and set hard so they then get washed and never fit again.
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Jerseys and bibs get worn once and then washed before worn again.
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Old 06-26-10, 02:47 PM   #6
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I almost always ride alone so I normally wash only every 2-3 rides... this also prevents people from drafting too closely!
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one ride one washing
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I at least rinse shorts and jersey after each ride. I actually stick them in the washing machine every 3rd ride if not sooner - depends on other laundry.
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Old 06-26-10, 02:58 PM   #9
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I'm pretty much one ride - one wash. I have been known to wear bibs twice in the winter if I didn't sweat too much.

I don't have much and can't afford to lose any of it to crotch rot.
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It's rare that I'm in the majority, but in this case I am almost normal.

One ride -one wash.
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1:1

If you're putting good miles in, bibs are a priority to follow this. I've decided to also wash my gloves following the weekend. Gloves get damp, stay in the dark, breading ground.
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I don't have any bicycling clothing, but everything but slacks and shoes goes into the laundry basket every weekday nght.

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Always drip dry, never dryer.

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Wash after every ride. If not, you will eventually catch a good case of the crotch rot.
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Old 06-26-10, 03:38 PM   #15
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I wash my shorts and jersey after every ride. There is no such thing as a ride when I don't sweat.
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Always drip dry, never dryer.
Absolutely.
For years I even hand washed all my bike clothes, thinking a machine wash would be too rough. A few years ago, after lots of knowledge gained reading these forums, I began using the machine on cold/gentle/spin, then I hang them to dry.
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Bike shorts should not only be washed every ride, but you should get out of them asap after a ride to avoid saddle sores.

Wool jerseys, on the other hand, can be worn until you can't stand them. In the winter, I wear my wool commuting jerseys 2 or 3 times at least before washing. Synthetic jerseys, in my experience, need to be washed after every ride.

I wear my gloves until they can walk downstairs by themselves, where they hurl themselves into the washer.
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Old 06-26-10, 04:07 PM   #18
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I wash bike clothes and me after every ride.
Me too. I've even started to at least rinse my gloves after every ride. Ever take a mental note on how many times you use your gloves to wipe your nose during a ride. Countless.
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I wash after each ride,bibs, jersey and socks. I do not wear gloves so no wash there.

Sometimes a hand wash more times then not a machine wash. Hang dry 90% of the time on jerseys 100% time on bibs.
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I have 1 pair of bibs I wear all week and when I take my weekly shower on Friday, I wear the bibs.
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I wash bike clothes and me after every ride.
Same here.
I hang my bibs and jersey on a drying rack.
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Old 06-26-10, 07:39 PM   #22
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Serious? clean shorts and shirt every ride.
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Old 06-26-10, 07:56 PM   #23
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I wash shorts/tights/jerseys after each RT commute. The exceptions are some wool jerseys and a custom set of polartec rain tights. I did run one helmet through the dishwasher when nothing else would remove the stink.
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I don't have any bicycling clothing, but everything but slacks and shoes goes into the laundry basket every weekday nght.

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And just what happens after they go "into the laundry basket"? Have you ever checked? Do you wonder?
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Except for wool, all gets washed and hung dry after each ride. I recall my first and last pair of gel shorts (they were unpleasant to wear...like a full diaper) which accidentally went through the dryer on "hot". Next time I tried wearing them, it was like sitting on a blobby marshmallow....the heat had globbed out the gel.

Oh, and a good scrub of the the groin area in the shower completes it.
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