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Old 06-16-05, 08:00 PM
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Washing Cycling Gloves

I have a pair of Trek Gel half cycling gloves. They are starting to smell so bad that I am thinking about starting to keep them outside. It doesn't say on any label whether they can be washed. They are made of leather and terry cloth. Anyone else wash these?
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Old 06-16-05, 08:16 PM
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I throw my gloves into the washer with the rest of my clothes.
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Old 06-16-05, 08:32 PM
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I'd be careful, some of the gloves, the dye will run.
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Old 06-16-05, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by sm266
I throw my gloves into the washer with the rest of my clothes.
Isn't it cool when the curly velcro part sticks to the socks?
I do the same thing. I wash them after every ride, because I find them repulsive if I don't.
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Old 06-16-05, 11:33 PM
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Try this stuff: Nature's Miracle pet odor and stain remover, available at pet stores. It has enzymes that munch bio-odors. It will take out cat pee and it definitely takes out glove funk.
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Old 06-17-05, 12:30 AM
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I make sure the velcro part is closed (so that it cant stick to my socks) and throw them in the wash with everything else.
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Old 06-17-05, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by notfred
I make sure the velcro part is closed (so that it cant stick to my socks) and throw them in the wash with everything else.
Likewise, and then hang them up to dry, rather than put them in the dryer.
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I wash my gloves with Woolite. Works pretty well. I have around 10 pairs, so I wait til most of them are gross, then put them all in on their own "small" cycle.
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Old 06-17-05, 07:10 AM
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I zip mine up in a lingerie bag and wash them with the rest of the wash -- that way velcro doesn't stick to anything and they are less likely to come in direct contact with other clothes and leave dye marks
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Old 06-17-05, 10:49 AM
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You wash your gloves?

My gloves get washed when I ride in the rain, and then toss them in the dryer by themselves (so they don't sling funk onto everything else). Oh, and I use that snot strip to its fullest.

But if you DO have to wash them, I'd recommend washing by hand.. Gentle cycle might be fine, or 'delicates bag', but I've messed up a lot of stuff in the washing machine before, and now just wash that sort of thing in the sink with some detergent and let them air dry.

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Old 06-17-05, 11:37 AM
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I wash my gloves every week. Velcro tabs closed. Gloves on top of the laundry load.
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I velcro them together so one doesn't disappear.
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I shower with mine and use shampoo. Mostly I need to get the snot out of the terrycloth after every ride, though, so they never really get ripe.
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If it smells, wash it!

I wash everything in the bathroom sink as soon as I take it off. I let it soak while I take my shower, then wash, rinse and hang it on hangers in the shower. Takes 5 minutes.
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I wash my gloves with the rest of my cycling clothes maybe once a month. I do rotate between 2 pair of cycling gloves as well
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Old 06-17-05, 08:09 PM
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I have the SPecialized BG gloves that don't have velcro, and yes, I do machine wash them, but I hang them to dry.
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I rotate through 2 pairs of cycling gloves, and wash each pair every week or two. Between my wife and I, we usually have enough cycling/exercise gear to put a load on every 2 days or so, so I just throw them in with that next load. Just close the velcro fasteners before you throw them in - I've never had them come apart in the wash.
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Another way to wash leather gloves is to cover your hands with Goop orange hand cleaner, put them on, and wash them with more hand cleaner, rinse, and hang to dry
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