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Old 09-20-04, 02:55 PM
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Wash shorts with....

What do you folks recommend for washing bike shorts?

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Old 09-20-04, 02:57 PM
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Okay…..how about a washing machine and some detergent?…… is this a trick question?

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If you want to ,use wool wash on delicate cycle.
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Originally Posted by Dusk
Okay…..how about a washing machine and some detergent?…… is this a trick question?

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Well, I saw someone who said NOT to use Woolite - and some other time someone said to use it! Another person said definitely don't use regular detergent (use baby shampoo).

So, I thought maybe there was something I should look into in case I was screwing things up.
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I use woolite after every ride. My shorts haven't let me down yet.
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I use a 9 minute gentle cycle with Woolite after every ride. I hang the shorts up after the spin dry and they are ready to go again in about 5 hours.
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I gotta say people are WAY too anal about how they wash their shorts. For three years I have been throwing the same pair of Cannondale shorts and for the last year a pair of Trek shorts into the wash with my regular clothes, no light settings or anything, and then throwing them into the dryer on high heat. Always come out fine, and show no signs of wearing out anytime soon. The Treks still look new.
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Old 09-20-04, 09:43 PM
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All my exercise clothes go in the washer on cold with regular detergent and hang to dry. I have a lot of garments that are at least five years old and they look fine.
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I never used Woolite on my shorts. All I do after every ride is throw the bike stuff in the wash, throw in detergent (we use Arm & Hammer but anything else is just as good), dial in cold wash cold rinse (even thought the shorts instructions do say warm/cold), put the other dial on delicate and go. When drying I put the dryer on delicate low heat, when done I turn the shorts inside out and hang outside for the sun to kill anything left behind-though this is not done frequently, but the instructions say to do this with chamous padding.
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Once a week the bike specific pile is vanquished to the washer. Socks, regular shorts, bib shorts, jerseys, compression shorts, t-shirts, dew-rags. Lycra, nylon, dri-star, cotton. It's like the UN of clothes in there.

The whole mash gets run through on a cold delicate cycle with just a tish of detergent.

Everything is line dried.
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Old 09-21-04, 05:50 AM
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Cold water with Ivory liquid detergent and no fabric softener. Wash on the "hand washing" cycle. Hang outside to dry.
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Regular wash with mild detergent is fine...just be sure to use NO fabric softener at all. This is not as important on Lycra shorts, but on the Wicking fabrick shirts/jerseys, it is critical. The fabric softener breaks down the wicking properties of the material.
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I wash both my shorts and my jerseys along with my "regular" laundry. Cold water, detergent, and into the dryer. I've had no problems with any of my cycling clothes with this kind of treatment.
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No truth to argument that many detergents leave a residue in the wicking material's weave? I have not found such..
Ever take a bath with some of your gear..Washed my gloves out in the tub the other day..Those black crocheted gloves..So much black came out...Reminded me maybe keeping colors seperate has some merit.What might that do to a white jersey.
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Put all my cycling cloths in one of those bags and wash with everything else,hang to dry,very easy.
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Originally Posted by seely
I gotta say people are WAY too anal about how they wash their shorts. For three years I have been throwing the same pair of Cannondale shorts and for the last year a pair of Trek shorts into the wash with my regular clothes, no light settings or anything, and then throwing them into the dryer on high heat. Always come out fine, and show no signs of wearing out anytime soon. The Treks still look new.
I somewhat agree. I have a pair of cheapo Nike (ACR) 6 panel shorts with a minimal chamois. The feel great and I use and wash them 6 days a week just as described above (throw in with regular wash and dryer) They have lasted over 2000mi so far and hundreds of washings.

I recently bought pair of Perl Izumi attack shorts. I wore them on one 15mi ride and did the above wash routine and they were split on two of the seams. They were returned the next day.

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"What do you folks recommend for washing bike shorts?

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Washing machine,soap,gentle cycle,a bag if you got it,hang to dry and ride. Some people put more time into washing the cloths and cleaning there chains then riding.
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Washing isn't an issue to me, but drying is. The dryer breaks down some bike short material. I almost always hang dry shorts. If they go in the dryer, I use the low or fluff setting. The fluff setting is especially appropriate if I passed a lot of gas on my last ride (kidding, just kidding).
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