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JeffS 07-13-07 10:49 AM

One pair a day. I wish I could wear them more than one day, but that doesn't seem possible. Only in emergency situations (forgot to do laundry) will I consider pulling a pair out of the dirty clothes.

My wool socks and jersey go about a week between washes.

andrelam 07-13-07 11:08 AM


Originally Posted by AEO
I'll gross you all out and say that I wore the same cycling shorts to and from work for 5 days straight without washing them. but it's only a 25min ride each way. I just mount them on my helmet which goes on my desk to dry. By the end of the day they're totally dry and don't smell at all.
I don't get it, my gloves start to stink before my shorts or socks do.

mind you, I haven't gotten a rash or anything from it.

I do the same, but the shorts I wear are light weight swimming trunks and I do wear underwear! At work I cool down in my office for a bit and then switch into pants/slacks and a polo style shirt (I LOVE business casual, easy on the wallet, easy for summer commuting). During the recent heat wave on some days I wish I'd brought not just a clean shirt and socks, but also some dry underwear. You sure can get sweaty after a hot and fast 20 minutes ride. Many nights when I get more my daughter want to go swimming in the pool, so I'll wear the same short in the pool (without the underwear ofcourse). I figure a bath in bomine laced water should kill any existing bacteria. By morning the shorts are ready to go again.

If I go on a long ride and I wear my riding shorts. Riding shorts I wash the EVERY time I wear them, but those are designed to be worn comando style... that makes a critical difference.

As a side note during the cooler spring weather I jsut wore my work cloths and a T shirt just in case I got a little sweaty, and then put on the clean shirt once I cooled down a bit. This Fall will be my first Fall/Winter attempting a commute. It will be interesting to see how far into winter I can ride without causing undo risk to my life. IT will depend a good deal on when we starting getting our regular lake effect snow.

Happy riding,
André

dipy911 07-13-07 11:12 AM

Same pair for the week. I also agree people are to germaphobic.

DataJunkie 07-13-07 11:37 AM

germaphobic? I'm a freaking petry dish full of bacteria. :p
It is more the fact that I ride 3-4 hrs a day and sweat like crazy in the summer. Wearing one of those pairs two days would be flat out disgusting and stinky. Ew!

mtnwalker 07-13-07 11:40 AM

I have six pairs of bibs so one a day. Not a germophobe here but my commute is 22 miles r/t and I get very sweaty. I just cant imagine wearing the same shorts the next day for cleanliness issues. That'll be like wearing the same underwear two days in a row.

CliftonGK1 07-13-07 11:42 AM

Wear one pair until they get crunchy and start to crack, then buy a new pair.
Just like socks.

DataJunkie 07-13-07 11:48 AM

the crusty juggernaut. :p

caloso 07-13-07 11:55 AM

Some of you guys remind me of high school football practice. By Thursday, you could stand up your practice jersey and pants by themselves.

Nasty.

CliftonGK1 07-13-07 12:01 PM


Originally Posted by DataJunkie
the crusty juggernaut. :p

Check my avatar title now. :D

treehog59 07-13-07 12:04 PM


Originally Posted by abmtnbkr
I wear the same short to and from but I never use the same shorts two days in a row without washing them.

me too

mtnwalker 07-13-07 12:05 PM


Originally Posted by AEO
I'll gross you all out and say that I wore the same cycling shorts to and from work for 5 days straight without washing them. but it's only a 25min ride each way. I just mount them on my helmet which goes on my desk to dry. By the end of the day they're totally dry and don't smell at all.
I don't get it, my gloves start to stink before my shorts or socks do.

mind you, I haven't gotten a rash or anything from it.

This reminds me of a roomate I once had in the military. This guy will get home from work, Civil Engineers (they dig ditches and stuff), dirty and sweaty. He'll take a shower then put on the same underwear he had on the whole day. Nasty, nasty stuff.

EDIT: I don't mean this is what you do AEO. You just reminded me of him, thats all.

DataJunkie 07-13-07 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
Check my avatar title now. :D


Ha! :D

CliftonGK1 07-13-07 12:20 PM


Originally Posted by mtnwalker
Civil Engineers (they dig ditches and stuff), dirty and sweaty. He'll take a shower then put on the same underwear he had on the whole day. Nasty, nasty stuff.

Reminds me of one of those demotivator posters: Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, which is probably why engineers smell so bad most of the time.

marin1 07-13-07 12:33 PM


Originally Posted by AEO
I'll gross you all out and say that I wore the same cycling shorts to and from work for 5 days straight without washing them. but it's only a 25min ride each way. I just mount them on my helmet which goes on my desk to dry. By the end of the day they're totally dry and don't smell at all.
I don't get it, my gloves start to stink before my shorts or socks do.

mind you, I haven't gotten a rash or anything from it.

Nice brown helmet :D

AEO 07-13-07 12:38 PM

Wait... You're supposed to wear those lycra shorts commando style? I never knew that one. I always wondered how to deal with the underwear lines. hahaha.

CommuterRun 07-13-07 12:44 PM


Originally Posted by Jacobi
Do you guys let your shorts just dry out during the day and wear the same ones home, or do you bring a spare, clean pair of shorts in your panniers for the trip home?

-Barry-

I just ride home in whatever I wore riding in. Not always cycling shorts, but often it is.

JeffS 07-13-07 12:55 PM


Originally Posted by AEO
Wait... You're supposed to wear those lycra shorts commando style? I never knew that one. I always wondered how to deal with the underwear lines. hahaha.

Any padded short, Lycra or baggy-mountain with liner.

caloso 07-13-07 12:59 PM

I miss the Underwear Nazi. Sigh....

banerjek 07-13-07 01:33 PM


Originally Posted by Jacobi
Do you guys let your shorts just dry out during the day and wear the same ones home, or do you bring a spare, clean pair of shorts in your panniers for the trip home?

Until April, I commuted 36 mi/day, 5 days a week. Wore one pair of shorts all week. Had that job for 5 years. I rented a locker at the local health club to keep the stuff in (which didn't smell too good) and had it dry out in an unused bathroom at home. I also rode weekends. My new job doesn't let me ride as often, but the commute is longer.

I have better things to do with my time than constantly wash the 11 or 12 shorts and jersey combos I'd go through every week -- especially since I have 2 pair of shorts, 4 jerseys, and have no interest in having a closetfull of either. No one can smell you when you're on the road, and you can shower when you arrive.

zeytoun 07-13-07 06:06 PM

I only have one pair of bike shorts.

When I get home from work all hot and sweaty, I hop in the shower. I take the shorts with me. They get a quick wash with a bit of anti-bacterial soap, a nice rinse, I squeeze them out, and hang them up.

They are dry in the morning, usually. Sometimes they are a tiny bit damp. If so, I put them in the dryer for 10 minutes, or, if it's warm, I wear them slightly damp, for the evaporative cooling effect.

I find it to be faster, easier, and less wear on the shorts, then the washer/dryers.

Wool shirts (for the winter) can get about 3 day's use before I wash them. They get washed by hand in the sink. I rotate through about 3 shirts.

Poly shirts (for the summer) get washed after any serious ride (they stink). I rotate through about 3 (cheap $10 poly polos from Target).

Bikepacker67 07-13-07 06:54 PM


Originally Posted by notfred
I ride to work in jeans, wear those jeans all day at work, and then ride home in them. So only "one pair" for me.

Are you sure you're not Fred? j/k :D

chephy 07-13-07 07:52 PM

If I don't have clean shorts, I ride in regular underwear (which is my default riding attire anyway). Wearing dirty shorts... yuck! Let's erase that thought from our mind and never mention it again.

However, if I were a guy, I might have felt differently, but let's not go into the details of this either.

robtown 07-13-07 08:02 PM

I wear the same shorts for a round trip (18 miles). I average between 1 and 2 days between washes. Jerseys get washed after one day's use.

SingingSabre 07-13-07 09:46 PM


Originally Posted by AEO
I'll gross you all out and say that I wore the same cycling shorts to and from work for 5 days straight without washing them. but it's only a 25min ride each way. I just mount them on my helmet which goes on my desk to dry. By the end of the day they're totally dry and don't smell at all.
I don't get it, my gloves start to stink before my shorts or socks do.

mind you, I haven't gotten a rash or anything from it.

I'm not vicariously putting my butt on my head!

I wear a pair a day. I'll wear a pair twice before washing if I have to.

commutr 07-15-07 09:34 PM


Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
I only have 3 pair of shorts, so I wear the same pair in and back, and I alternate so I only have to wash once a week, IE pair 1 monday, 2 tuesday, 1 again wed, 2 again thu, 3 fri (pair 3 is an old Nashbar pair and the fabric is lighter, so I try to wear it less so it won't wear out as fast).

This is what I do too. Just alternate pairs by day with 2 days of drying rack between them. I have a 30 km round-trip commute and find this usage scenario just works for me. They do dry out all day on the bike between rides.


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