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Old 02-07-19, 08:42 PM
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I remember my mom telling me how Levis used to be made of such a heavy, canvass-like cotton, you could actually stand up a pair of them after you took them off. Took months to break them in. And people went months between washings, because that's how they were designed to be worn originally. The back pockets used to be riveted on at one time, and a pair would last for probably 10 years of daily wear.
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Old 02-08-19, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
I heard a while ago from somewhere that jeans are meant to be washed once every six months or so.
LOL, any garment is meant to be washed when it gets dirty. Or more immediately, when it smells.
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I remember my mom telling me how Levis used to be made of such a heavy, canvass-like cotton, you could actually stand up a pair of them after you took them off. Took months to break them in. And people went months between washings, because that's how they were designed to be worn originally. The back pockets used to be riveted on at one time, and a pair would last for probably 10 years of daily wear.
Nowadays, jeans are more fashion statement than they are work attire. Few folks go in search of jeans as heavy work attire.
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I heard a while ago from somewhere that jeans are meant to be washed once every six months or so.
And if you ride them in the rain, it counts as a wash? :-)
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Levis ... people went months between washings, because that's how they were designed to be worn originally.
I think they were designed to use up surplus tent fabric. At least that's how I remember the story!
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LOL, any garment is meant to be washed when it gets dirty. Or more immediately, when it smells.
That's what I love about denim, especially black or some other dark coloured denim, it hides dirt really well...Smell is almost never a problem with denim, whenever I wear denim I make sure not to ride too hard and sweat too much,
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irecall they say wash cloth more frequent during colf flu season.
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My methods.

Wear a thin wool baselayer & wash every day. Absorbs smell & doesn't transfer to outer layers.
Outer layers just take off when you can & drape on a chair upside down so pits are exposed. Usually get 2-3 days this way.
Rinse with vinegar if clothes start to smell.

This is all winter riding. The summer washing a t-shirt every day is no big deal.
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For commuting I wear thin merino wool base layers year around with a mountain bike style padded liner short below, and add a heavier weight merino layer top and bottom for the colder season.

I hang my commuting layers up every day to dry, both on the office shower room racks and at home, and get several days before any skank sets in, so I'm typically getting an average of 3 days between washes (cold water) and air drying for my precious base layers. I vastly prefer air drying over machine drying for most clothes, and never put wool in the dryer.

Work shirts and underwear change over daily, wool work pants every couple weeks.

The freezer method is intriguing, wish I had a -80 !
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For commuting I wear thin merino wool base layers year around with a mountain bike style padded liner short below, and add a heavier weight merino layer top and bottom for the colder season.

I hang my commuting layers up every day to dry, both on the office shower room racks and at home, and get several days before any skank sets in, so I'm typically getting an average of 3 days between washes (cold water) and air drying for my precious base layers. I vastly prefer air drying over machine drying for most clothes, and never put wool in the dryer.

Work shirts and underwear change over daily, wool work pants every couple weeks.

The freezer method is intriguing, wish I had a -80 !
What??
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What??
See @acidfast7 post regarding the -80C freezer method for ride-wear skank cure.
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What??
At Stockholms universitet, we had -20 and -30C rooms and they were full of bins with clothes as everyone in Stockholm had shared laundry facilities with limited time per month.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tv%C3%A4ttstuga

This really drove people to wash less and to freeze more. Was still the same when I was back in 2018 in a 6MSEK (700K USD) new-build suburb flat.
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whenever i wear denim i make sure not to ride too hard and sweat too much,
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and whenever I ride I make sure not to wear denim.
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I don't wash my LS wool jersey thru the entire 4mo winter season.
All my synthetics get washed right after use.
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