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Old 02-12-12, 09:59 PM   #1
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Washing cycling clothes

Being a new cyclist I have slowly been purchasing all the cycling gear I will need. If I don't think it is a high priority it has to wait. It is for this reason I have a pair of cycling shorts, but not a matching cycling jersey. For a top I have been wearing a cheap white t-shirt. The problem with this is that I get road dirt spashed all over my back and it doesn't come out in the wash.

I don't have this problem with my cycling shorts because they are black. Black spots on black shorts are no problem.
But when I eventually buy a cycling specific jersey I will not be wearing all black. In an effort to be highly visable all the cycling jerseys I have seen are multi coloured.

So what I wanted to know is do road dirt stains come out of, what ever material cycling jerseys are made from, easily?

If not, my wife is going to kill me.
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Old 02-12-12, 11:06 PM   #2
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My experience is that the road dirt doesn't stain the cycling jersey since it is spandex and nylon blend.
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Old 02-13-12, 11:14 AM   #4
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A lot of jerseys are made from polyester, which doesn't stain as easily as cotton. You can always pick up a t-shirt in a wicking polyester fabric and it would work.
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Only we colonials call them fenders.
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dirt colored jersey
Bingo. And the fenders.
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Old 02-13-12, 07:36 PM   #8
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I spent 2 days on the GAP Trail, in the rain, on a hybrid without fenders (mudguards, whatever-you-want-to-call-them). I wore Champion C-9 t-shirts which to my eye appear to be made of the same material as most bike jerseys. Both came out perfectly clean with a normal washing.

As the head laundry person in our household, you might want to consider pre-soaking your current shirts. This has worked wonders with some of the dirt our kid gets into. I'll use either Oxi-Clean or even just normal detergent (we use Tide-Free). With some of my kid's clothing, I'll let them soak for days with some pretty amazing results.

Keep in mind, though, that soaking will take out color if left long enough. But since you're wearing white to begin with, this shouldn't be a problem.
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Softball moms some years back recommended dishwashing detergent pre-wash to get red clay out of clothes. Never tried it myself, but they swore it worked!
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