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Old 10-13-04, 05:33 PM   #1
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Clothes Line or Dryer?

It takes a very long time for my cycling shorts to dry on the line. I also noticed that the clothespins were tearing up the waist fabric a little. I've heard the dryer can be a little too harsh on them, so I want some opinions on what you guys do. It seems like 45 minutes in the dryer isn't even near as bad as 8 hours of soaking up UV rays on the clothes line.

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Old 10-13-04, 05:38 PM   #2
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Thrown over a hanger in the back of my closet overnight.
Warm, dry, no sunlight, ready in the morning
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Old 10-13-04, 05:40 PM   #3
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They soak up UV rays while your wearing them, don't they?

For what it's worth, I hang em up to dry. If your worried about fraying, get different pins. I use the sping loaded ones.

When hanging indoors on clothes bars I leave the ceiling fan running.
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Old 10-13-04, 06:19 PM   #4
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Thrown over a hanger in the back of my closet overnight.
Warm, dry, no sunlight, ready in the morning
Not in the back of my closet, but this is exactly what I do, hang to dry in the laundry room, plastic hangers with no sharp edges are best. Never use dryer, they'll ruin most fabrics used for cycling clothes and make the short pads uncomfortable.
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Old 10-13-04, 06:49 PM   #5
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Dryer heat can cause problems for cycling clothes. I put mine in the dryer using air dry with some dry bath towels. This gets them mostly dry, then I hang them in the closet.
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I have used dryer on low heat with no problems since "82
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Old 10-13-04, 08:56 PM   #7
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Be kind to the environment - use the clothes line!
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yea i dont trust the dryer. i throw em on the line in the washroom in my basement. wash em at night dry by the morning. gotta love it
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Old 10-13-04, 10:25 PM   #9
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I line dry everything inside the house. I usually wash them at night and everything would be dry by next morning, except thickest jeans. I think dryer is biggest energy waster you can live without, at least here in the southern California.
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I dry mine inside out on the line. The direct sunlight will do in anything still living in the chamois after the wash (like yeast). I have some smoother plastic clothes pins so they don't snag the lycra. If they don't dry well outside (like during winter), then I start them off in the sun and bring them in to hang on my drying rack to finish them off.
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It takes a very long time for my cycling shorts to dry on the line. I also noticed that the clothespins were tearing up the waist fabric a little. I've heard the dryer can be a little too harsh on them, so I want some opinions on what you guys do. It seems like 45 minutes in the dryer isn't even near as bad as 8 hours of soaking up UV rays on the clothes line.

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I just lay them across an indoor drying rack in the washer room. If there is a need to hurry you may also use a fan directed towards the rack.

Here in Baltimore people will steal the underwear off the line if outdoors. . .

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When there's no sun for outdoor drying I hang my bibs and jerseys on this. It's mounted on the wall in the laundry room and the heat from the dryer (drying other clothes) and the water heater keeps the room warm and my cycling clothes dry overnight.

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You can put them in the dryer on low heat in an emergency but if they are padded or have spandex and you do that consistently they will get crunchy after a while-voice of experience.
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I turn the shorts inside-out and dry on a line. In fact I dry everything on a line. We have a rope strung up across the garage and we use hangers. For shorts/tights/pants we use the pants hangers dept. stores use to hang pants on their racks. Consider this, each time you clean the lint in your dryer, your clothes are being worn out that much more whenever they're being dried in the dryer.
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Old 10-15-04, 06:21 PM   #15
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I hate the dryer and we don't have a line to hang things on, so I have slightly wet cycling clothes drooped over every piece of furniture in my bedroom.
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I toss them over the shower curtain rod, or like Diggy18, furniture
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when you wash them in the washer the washer has a spin cycle, that means its almost dry, hang then in a clothes hanger inside your house no need of the sun (up here we seldome see the sun anywayz) and you don't have to wait 8 hours to have them dry.. you can wear them after a couple of hours.
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never use the dryer on your jersey of Cycling short, the process will just make your stuff one size larger, I learned that the hardway
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