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Old 10-11-15, 03:02 AM
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Washing wool socks

How do you wash your wool socks? Handwash/washing machine. And how do you let them dry?
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Old 10-11-15, 03:20 AM
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Is this a serious question? Most washing machines have wool cycles and there are mild detergents for wool/silk. Air dry them or stick them in s tumble dryer on a cool setting.
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Old 10-11-15, 03:30 AM
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Umm ... machine wash, hang to dry.

Like I do with all my other clothes.
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Old 10-11-15, 04:06 AM
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This site has really jumped the shark.
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Old 10-11-15, 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Sgt8706 View Post
This site has really jumped the shark.


Says someone who has been here, what, 1 month??


It's winter in the northern hemisphere. This is pretty typical of winter in the northern hemisphere. In fact, brace yourself. It gets even more entertaining as the months go by. Come Feb, it's a nut house in here!!
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Old 10-11-15, 04:35 AM
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Yes, I really like this site that is why I joined, but these ridiculous topics need to go.
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Old 10-11-15, 04:49 AM
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Yes, I really like this site that is why I joined, but these ridiculous topics need to go.
Sorry. They've been here since I started in 2003. They aren't likely to go anywhere.
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Old 10-11-15, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Sgt8706 View Post
Yes, I really like this site that is why I joined, but these ridiculous topics need to go.
Actually I think the ridiculous topics are part of the charm. It lightens up the mood and gives a welcome break from the factual and the opinion.
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Oh, and I would never wear wool socks.
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Old 10-11-15, 06:47 AM
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Actually I think the ridiculous topics are part of the charm. It lightens up the mood and gives a welcome break from the factual and the opinions




And there will always be thread about things like washing cycling clothes ... every few months.
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Oh, and I would never wear wool socks.
Why not? They're the best!!

My favourite cycling socks are a cashmere/wool blend ... next up are as close to 100% wool as I can find ... and I also have a few others in materials like polypro and bamboo.

I'm wearing the bamboo ones right now ... beautifully soft, very comfortable, but they've got a tendency to retain water.
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Old 10-11-15, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Why not? They're the best!!

My favourite cycling socks are a cashmere/wool blend ... next up are as close to 100% wool as I can find ... and I also have a few others in materials like polypro and bamboo.

I'm wearing the bamboo ones right now ... beautifully soft, very comfortable, but they've got a tendency to retain water.
Re-read the last statement you made, add to that the fact that wool has outstanding heat retention qualityes, then notice I live in florida, heat/ humidity capital of the world. Hence my statement.
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Old 10-11-15, 07:01 AM
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Re-read the last statement you made, add to that the fact that wool has outstanding heat retention qualityes, then notice I live in florida, heat/ humidity capital of the world. Hence my statement.
I wore wool socks through the hot humid summers of Manitoba and hot humid summers in Australia. Wool breathes ... it breathes better than bamboo. It also dries much quicker than bamboo.

I used to find the socks I like in the women's department. They're small dress socks ... cashmere and wool blend. They are very lightweight, soft, comfortable, and quick drying.

Sadly, it is really hard to find anything like those here in Australia. And it seems I can only get them in Canada if I'm there at a certain time. There seems to be very small a window of opportunity now. So most of mine are rather old ... but most are still going! I think I got the most recent collection of them in 2009.

I would be thrilled if I stumbled across a collection of them here in Australia!!
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Old 10-11-15, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
And there will always be thread about things like washing cycling clothes ... every few months.
Washing cycling clothing especially socks is a very complex process. It requires a lot of skill and special equipment. You will need cycling specific detergent and cycling specific washing machines /dryers. The best thing to do is to take your dirty laundry to an LBS and ask them for instructions or ask them do the laundry for you.
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Throw them in the wash with all the other socks and underwear, wash them, pull out and throw on top of the washer to dry. If there's too many to fit on top of the washer I'll hang some on the side of a wash basket. Sometimes one sneaks into the dryer and is fine. Sometimes people overthink things.
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Old 10-11-15, 11:36 AM
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Don't be so harsh on the younger generation. They are a result of us helicopter parents. Some of them when they move out to go to college for the first time discover they don't know how to boil water either. Funny since they are so good with the internet, you'd think they would have done some research in Google first before reaching out.

Anyways, when you hang dry your wools, make sure the room temperature isn't too warm either. The water that's in your fabric will shrink your wool as it warms.
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Old 10-11-15, 12:33 PM
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Woolite is a commercial soap product , cold wash . air dry or they will shrink .

To treat wool with hot washing is how Felt is made.
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Originally Posted by CompleteStreets View Post
How do you wash your wool socks?
Give them to a woman and let her wash them.
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I hope you got them fitted at the LBS when you bought them. Please don't tell me you bought socks online.
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Old 10-11-15, 01:42 PM
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Actually, I prefer block drying on towels when it comes to wool clothing.
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No special instructions for any of my clothes, including my wool socks (wool socks rule!!) I'm a guy. But also, as a guy, I have my fair share of lazy built in-- so I bought one of those washer bags ladies use to wash bras and the like. After a ride, the socks, gloves, skullcap, etc, all go in the bag, get zipped up, and washed with the rest of the load. Then I don't have to dig through the washer to find the glove that's stuck to the inside of a shirt somewhere. Hlade's Law in effect.
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No special instructions for any of my clothes, including my wool socks (wool socks rule!!) I'm a guy. But also, as a guy, I have my fair share of lazy built in-- so I bought one of those washer bags ladies use to wash bras and the like. After a ride, the socks, gloves, skullcap, etc, all go in the bag, get zipped up, and washed with the rest of the load. Then I don't have to dig through the washer to find the glove that's stuck to the inside of a shirt somewhere. Hlade's Law in effect.
C'mon and tell the truth, now. You bought it for your manzierre.

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Old 10-11-15, 01:54 PM
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Mixed in the mystery of whatever genetic traits I ended up with, manboobs are thankfully not one of them. I am as hairy as a lowlands gorilla though, so I've got that going for me. Huge, flat feet, too.

Wearing a bra all day sounds like the absolute worst.
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Originally Posted by PepeM View Post
I hope you got them fitted at the LBS when you bought them. Please don't tell me you bought socks online.
This is a very valid point. Last time I ordered socks online they fit ok but I had 2 lefts.
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