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Old 02-13-17, 12:02 PM
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Old worn-out cycling clothes

What do you do with your old cycling clothes? Shorts that have worn thin enough to become see-through, jerseys that have been damaged in an accident or maybe with a simple fabric pull from an aggressive washing machine? Do you just throw them into the trash, or have you found a way to recycle them? How bad do they have to become before you stop wearing them? I have a few garments taking up space in my closet that I don't wear and likely won't wear, that don't seem good enough for donation to a second hand store, but that I can't quite get myself to put into the trash. The synthetic fabrics aren't very good for use as rags. I can't figure out what to do with them.
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Old 02-13-17, 12:25 PM
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What do you do with your old cycling clothes? Shorts that have worn thin enough to become see-through, jerseys that have been damaged in an accident or maybe with a simple fabric pull from an aggressive washing machine? Do you just throw them into the trash, or have you found a way to recycle them? How bad do they have to become before you stop wearing them? I have a few garments taking up space in my closet that I don't wear and likely won't wear, that don't seem good enough for donation to a second hand store, but that I can't quite get myself to put into the trash. The synthetic fabrics aren't very good for use as rags. I can't figure out what to do with them.
Throw trash out and/or seek advice about how to deal with OCD tendencies.
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Old 02-13-17, 12:27 PM
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If they were cool jerseys, I'd maybe frame and hang them. If not, I'd toss them out.
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Old 02-13-17, 12:31 PM
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I have a teammate who's the coach of a HS mtb team, so I've donated a lot of old clothes to his kids. Wearable stuff, of course. The really thin bibs are relegated to trainer or under-tights duty.
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Ha, Ha. OCD...a little bit. But committed to keeping as much as possible out of the landfills.
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Old 02-13-17, 12:38 PM
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Ha, Ha. OCD...a little bit. But committed to keeping as much as possible out of the landfills.
Fine, just don't let yourself get overwhelmed due to an inability to make a simple decision due to your commitment.
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Old 02-13-17, 12:40 PM
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Only keep clothes if I use them. If I find something better or current one gives me issue, I will donate them if it is still in good/great condition, otherwise I throw them away.
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How bad do they have to become before you stop wearing them?
With regard to shorts, you should stop wearing them immediately after the ride before the ride where we can now see your butt crack.
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Toss 'em

Pro tip: wash cycling clothes inside out in mesh laundry bags. Also, keep velcro away from them. They'll last many times longer that way.
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Donate it to a thrift store. Clothing that can't be resold is recycled for other uses.
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Old 02-13-17, 01:22 PM
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Find someone who can turn them into a cycling clothes-themed quilt.
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Old 02-13-17, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post
Donate it to a thrift store. Clothing that can't be resold is recycled for other uses.
I thought that was what I was going to do, but then I googled "recycle worn out clothes" and got some hits that say that Goodwill no longer accepts non-wearable clothes. Digging a little deeper, I found it varies by location, but they *should* take the clothes and non-wearable items can be shredded for industrial use. I think I'll go ahead and try donation. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
If they were cool jerseys, I'd maybe frame and hang them. If not, I'd toss them out.
That was my first thought...
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I wear worn-out shorts underneath my chamoisless wool tights.
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Old 02-14-17, 11:31 AM
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keep them and wear them when you're alone in the house,,,
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Old 02-14-17, 11:43 AM
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I wear worn-out shorts underneath my chamoisless wool tights.
In the past I have saved some worn out bibs for the same purpose.
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