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Old 12-12-15, 12:04 PM
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Folding shorts

How do you do it neatly with that huge pad in the way?
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Old 12-12-15, 12:08 PM
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Put mine on a hanger.
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Ah, OCD at its finest. Throw them in a drawer and forget them.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
How do you do it neatly with that huge pad in the way?
They get tossed in the underpants drawer in my house. I try not to wear them by mistake when I'm not cycling.
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It helps if you iron them first and then use a layer of fine silk to keep the shorts from chafing when folded over.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Ah, OCD at its finest. Throw them in a drawer and forget them.
Folding clothes is OCD? Really? What are you, like 8?
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You need a bigger drawer or else move the non-cycling stuff.
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bibs go on a hanger
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Normal people take care of expensive clothes.

Expensive cycling clothes like bibs, shorts, jerseys and vests get treated like any other fine or delicate garment - hand wash setting using Woolite in mesh bags designed for delicate fabrics, hung to dry, stored on a hanger in the closet.

Taking care of expensive things is hardly OCD.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Ah, OCD at its finest. Throw them in a drawer and forget them.
^^^

I'm with stoopid.
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So you're saying throwing them in a drawer without folding them. Like, just stuff them in there, like my seven-year old son does, and who invariably incurs the wrath of his very-annoyed mother.
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Yes, basically, I try to fold them, but not very hard, it's probably different every time, then I grow them in the drawer that has enough room so they can not be squished...then I forget about them...It's kind of like folding a fitted sheet...yeah, I folded it, but it's not pretty.
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I roll my bibs. Fold in half along the center seam so the legs lay over each other, then roll from the bottom of the legs up. When you get to the top of the bibs then use the straps to hold it all tight in the drawer.

That is of course when they actually make it to a drawer, generally they get worn, washed, hung to dry with the jersey and then the cycle starts again before making it into a drawer.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
How do you do it neatly with that huge pad in the way?
Just when i thought I had seen everything
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Hold chamois. Fold legs under chamois. Fold top under chamois. Stack in a pile.
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Do you fret over folding fitted sheets?
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Do you fret over folding fitted sheets?
Nah, my wife does those. But I've seen her do it. Fold over the elastic parts to make a perfect square, then fold as per usual.
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Originally Posted by fastk9dad View Post
I roll my bibs. Fold in half along the center seam so the legs lay over each other, then roll from the bottom of the legs up. When you get to the top of the bibs then use the straps to hold it all tight in the drawer.

That is of course when they actually make it to a drawer, generally they get worn, washed, hung to dry with the jersey and then the cycle starts again before making it into a drawer.
Yup. Rolled, not really folded, but jerseys (folded somewhat more neatly) go in one drawer, bibs in another. Sometimes they get hung up on one of the hooks on the back of a door and I forget they're there.
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Nah, my wife does those. But I've seen her do it. Fold over the elastic parts to make a perfect square, then fold as per usual.
You have a wife. Why are you worrying about folding your cycling clothes?
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Normal people take care of expensive clothes.

Expensive cycling clothes like bibs, shorts, jerseys and vests get treated like any other fine or delicate garment - hand wash setting using Woolite in mesh bags designed for delicate fabrics, hung to dry, stored on a hanger in the closet.

Taking care of expensive things is hardly OCD.
Except cycling clothes aren't like a custom made suit. You sit on bibs for hours at a time in heat, rain, sleet and snow. They get covered with dirt and soaked with sweat. The part that contacts the saddle including your upper legs undergoes constant wear and physical stress.

You wash them, put in the dryer, and toss in a bin or drawer.

I've got some bibs over eight years old and the only thing that shows age are the white logos are faded.
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Usually about once/week wifey does the laundry and puts cycling gear in separate basket. I hang the bibs w/ jersey on the same hanger, which makes it very easy to grab and go. I don't waste time looking for the other piece if it's a kit. Socks go in the drawer. I have quite a few kits.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
Except cycling clothes aren't like a custom made suit. You sit on bibs for hours at a time in heat, rain, sleet and snow. They get covered with dirt and soaked with sweat. The part that contacts the saddle including your upper legs undergoes constant wear and physical stress.

You wash them, put in the dryer, and toss in a bin or drawer.

I've got some bibs over eight years old and the only thing that shows age are the white logos are faded.
I bet you get teased for the wrinkles in your spandex because you were too lazy to hang them in your closet next to your Zegna suits...
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I follow the manufacturers care instructions the same way I would for any other garment.

Rapha:
  • Machine wash cool 30°
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not tumble dry
Assos:
  • Washing a garment means putting stress on fabric and seams! Therefore, wash cycling garments separately from other clothes / accessories to prevent friction.
  • Before washing, turn the garments inside out (seams on the outside).
  • Machine-wash is possible but always use a wash bag, a delicate cycle and lukewarm water (max. 30° C).
  • Do not use bleach and/or softeners. Use a mild liquid detergent only (e.g. ASSOS active wear cleanser).
  • Do not soak, wring or rub. Do not spin after washing. To remove excess water from your garment gently squeeze by hand.
  • Dry garments flat or hanging, but do not tumble dry.
Morevelo:
  • Machine wash at 30 degrees with a liquid detergent (we recommend non-bio detergents) using only a small amount of detergent.
  • Do not use powder detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditioners, stain removers or bleach as they will affect garment performance.
  • Close all zips and turn the garment inside out
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do NOT use a fabric softener on any cycling clothing! This can destroy the wicking treatments, membranes, water repellent treatments, antibacterial properties etc

Etc.
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