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Lycra shorts shrinking? Really?

Old 02-11-14, 07:07 PM
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Lycra shorts shrinking? Really?

I have a pair of some Descente spandex-y, lycra-like, modern material cycling shorts, and they have been great and I have always washed them by hand.

I washed them twice in the washing machine over the last few weeks (then air dried), and they have gotten sooooo tight and springy, I feel like I am doing exercises with rubber bands when I lift my legs in them. They seem to spring back.

I never thought this material could shrink, but I guess it does.

Anyone had this experience? Maybe they are just getting old and the material is getting less flexible?

Strange.
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Old 02-11-14, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
... Maybe they are just getting old and the material is getting less flexible? Strange.
not so strange, when removing shorts after a long ride, it becomes apparent that old age makes us less flexible and shrinks things. oh!.... you mean shorts!

IME, that too.
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Old 02-11-14, 07:33 PM
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My shorts shrink every winter, too.
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I have bib shorts that I bought five years ago when I weighed 240 I am now down to 170. If washing them in the machine would shrink them I would wash them in hot water and dry them by machine as well. But that would damage the Chamois I guess. But in truth they are simply too big and I will have to buy smaller shorts.
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Hm, your endowment must be increasing.
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Do these lycra shorts make my ass look fat?

No, it's your ass that makes your ass look fat.

Overheard at an organized ride one year.. That had to be a long ride back to the car...
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Originally Posted by Mobile 155 View Post
I have bib shorts that I bought five years ago when I weighed 240 I am now down to 170. If washing them in the machine would shrink them I would wash them in hot water and dry them by machine as well. But that would damage the Chamois I guess. But in truth they are simply too big and I will have to buy smaller shorts.
It's perfectly OK to machine wash and dry cycling attire ... nothing bad is going to happen to it, and it is not going to shrink.

There's only one way lycra "shrinks".
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Old 02-12-14, 09:38 AM
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^^^correct^^^

...as long as you don't use chlorine bleach and don't use fabric softener of any type. Chlorine bleach can degrade the fabric and lycra (stretchy polyurethane fibers). Fabric softener kills wicking ability.

For best cleaning and odor removal, borax or Oxiclean works well and will not harm the items.
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maybe rubber content is hardening?
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i've habitually machine washed and dried my lycra shorts over the years and like most things, they tighten up a bit after the drying. OTOH, they take quite a beating during the process, depending on the washing machine and settings, and have found that hand washing is sufficient.
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