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How to remove horrid brake dust from raingear - help!

Old 11-23-11, 11:28 PM
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How to remove horrid brake dust from raingear - help!

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Old 11-23-11, 11:57 PM
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I'm sorry, I can't help you, but I really know the disappointment and frustration of stains on bright new clothing.
While the first marks are annoying, after a while the garment takes on a patina from being well used and loved.
The somewhat scruffy jacket shouts out to the world "I'm a cyclist" not just a poser.

I hope someone else has a suggestion for you.
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Old 11-24-11, 12:56 AM
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I just wear black jackets. Screaming deal on Helly Hansen Seven J jackets right now - $40. They're down to only XL in stock, though.

https://shop.hellyhansen.com/US/item/...005&t_type=rvp
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Old 11-24-11, 07:09 AM
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Put some fenders on your bike.
There is little you can do that will retain the as-new performance of a rainjacket.
The advised washing material is soap not detergent. You can try it in a (detergent-free) washing machine with Nickwax tech wash, soapflakes or liquid soap.
If this doesnt work, try a detergent wash followed by a soap wash.
The next step up is dry-cleaning. Some dry cleaners can put a PWD treatment on, check your local outdoor shops for recomendations.
Nikwax TX Direct will add a beading PWD surface but it is never as durable as the original.
Basically all waterproofs degrade over the first year or 2 so you need to retreat them at some point.
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Old 11-24-11, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
...While the first marks are annoying, after a while the garment takes on a patina from being well used and loved...
Exactly. It's a tool, not a jewel.
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Old 11-24-11, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by glittermoomin View Post
it has after a few weeks, gotten the inevitable brake dust smeared on it already.
From what? How is your jacket touching your wheels?
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Old 11-24-11, 07:39 PM
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I get stains from shouldering the bike I got some horrid black on a new gore from the bike. Y regular bike wear is full of stains from shouldering oh well life happens
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Old 11-25-11, 02:24 AM
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https://www.showerspass.com/care-instructions

Maybe contact Showers Pass?
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Methylated spirits could help, or washing with Nikwax technical cleaner should cause no harm to your waterproofing.
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Old 11-25-11, 02:54 PM
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That black dust embedded in fabric won't respond to grease-dissolving solvents.
Getting brake dust stains out of fabric is almost a lost cause without scrubbing the fabric to the point of wearing it out.
Ask me how I know!

Disk brakes, darker-colored rain gear or a more plastiky "fabric" are the only defenses.
I never expect to look crisp in my rain-going cycling clothes.

Brake dust water is a PITA and only disc brakes can cure it. Steel rims are not a practical solution, even though they don't generate that black residue.

Anybody tried ceramic-sided rims?
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Originally Posted by v0_boulder View Post
I get stains from shouldering the bike I got some horrid black on a new gore from the bike. Y regular bike wear is full of stains from shouldering oh well life happens
Oh, you're using it for cyclocross. Yeah, expecting clothing worn in 'cross to stay clean is a pipe dream. You're gonna get real dirty, and that's just that.
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Originally Posted by pmt View Post
Oh, you're using it for cyclocross. Yeah, expecting clothing worn in 'cross to stay clean is a pipe dream. You're gonna get real dirty, and that's just that.
No one said they expected clothing worn in 'cross to stay clean, did they?

It sounds like the OP was wearing a non-cycling-specific, bright-colored garment, but that riding in the rain soiled it just commuting maybe?
A bummer that it was expensive, and now might be good only for cycling.
I've stained clothing, carpet and a cement porch with the black dust water, and have learnt to respect it.
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Old 11-25-11, 11:51 PM
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I long ago (decades) gave up using anything expensive or fancy for rain gear. First of all it'll get stained usually from oil/water spray off the road, plus whatever else the wheels throw up. Next it doesn't stay water proof long enough to justify it's cost. And lastly because most is a bit too bulky for carrying on my daily commute if it only rains in one direction, and too hot to wear when it's dry.

After using them in emergencies, I've settled of trash can liners as the best solution for my daily commute. They're cheap, effective, easy to roll up and carry as a contingency, and disposable after a few uses. One real advantage is that they're cheap enough that I can keep spares both at home and work so I'm rarely caught without (last Friday I was, and luckily had a wrapper from a 12 pack of Bounty to wear home).

I'm also proud to say that I've shrunk down closer to my youthful size and now fit the 40 gallon size perfectly.

Seriously, though based on 40+ years of rain riding experience, don't wear anything you care about for rain riding, that goes for everything including your socks.
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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
It sounds like the OP was wearing a non-cycling-specific, bright-colored garment, but that riding in the rain soiled it just commuting maybe?
Nope, Showers Pass stuff is definitely cycling specific.
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don't wear anything you care about for rain riding, that goes for everything including your socks.
I have a nice selection of black socks I've bought over the years just for rain-riding. This year I've been wearing nice Goretex boots on BMX pedals. Socks have stayed dry and clean so far.

The boots are my most expensive piece of raingear at $120 but I should get plenty of seasons out of them.
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I have a nice selection of black socks I've bought over the years just for rain-riding.
I only wear black or charcoal colored socks for rain riding, and yes they stay clean, or at least black.
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