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Post-ride shorts care. What do you do?

Old 05-03-06, 11:13 AM
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Post-ride shorts care. What do you do?

I'm a newbie roadie and have wondered how other riders care for their shorts/bibs and jersey after rides. I know this may seem like a goofy inquiry, and I'm sure it varies greatly from person to person, but I'm curious to hear what others do. Why? This stuff is expensive. It would be pretty easy to make your cycling duds look like old rags in no time if you go about cleaning them the wrong way (or too often). So let’s say you've just gotten home from a big ride and your stuff is all 'sweated' up. Do you...

a) throw them in the hamper and let them mildew, then toss them in the washing machine later?
b) throw them in a sink full of cool water with a little bit of Woolite, then rinse and hang to dry?
c) wear them into the shower, give them a good rinse, and then hang them up?
or
d) none of the above. Instead I ___________________.

After spending a few hundred bucks on this stuff, I just want to keep it looking good and make it last. Your thoughts?
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i put them on the washing machine and wash them when i have a pile and none left to wear.
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Put them in the wash machine, wash with other clothes, put in dryer for 5min, take out and hang on nail next to bike stuff.
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I just wash them out and hang them up in the tub during my post-ride shower. That way they're ready to go again 24 hours later...
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I bury my face in them and sniff until I remove all of the odor.

If it was a long ride, I'll condition the chamois with my tongue.

I also suck all of the salt off of the straps to replace what I lost during the ride.
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Machine wash - Hang dry.

If you want to grow mushrooms on your butt, keep wearin' em long after you're done riding.

I never understand people who keep their shorts on after the ride ends. Hot and moist is not how you want to keep your behind.
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Originally Posted by Cypress
I bury my face in them and sniff until I remove all of the odor.

If it was a long ride, I'll condition the chamois with my tongue.

I also suck all of the salt off of the straps to replace what I lost during the ride.
Geez dude....yesterday you were talking about dookies, now this today. I'm curious what tomorrow will bring
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Geez dude....yesterday you were talking about dookies, now this today. I'm curious what tomorrow will bring

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after ride-

1.throw all cycling clothes in a hamper my wife classified as "ultra nasty, stinky, sweaty stuff"
2.throw into washer on gentle cylce before bed
3.wake up and hang dry.
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Wash everything I wore on the ride as soon as I get home. Use delicate cycle in washing machine, warm water setting using Zero brand detergent for delicate fabrics.

Extra rinse cycle.

Hang to dry.

Stuff will last much longer when washed like this
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Hot and moist is not how you want to keep your behind.
however, *other* people's behinds...
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Hot and moist is not how you want to keep your behind.

I can't even reply to that, because every gal in the joint would scalp me!
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usually toss them in the bathroom sink and hand wash them. once or twice a week i'll do a "real" washing in the machine. cycling clothes are actually pretty durable. i've had the same stuff for a long time now.
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Post ride I drape them over the bike clothes hamper to dry out. Once dry into the hamper. Once aweek 1 load of black and one load of colors in the machine cold/cold/delicate /hang to dry. Between my self and my wife that's usually about 12 pair of shorts/bibs and twelve jerseys a week. Not to mention base layers, warmers, headbands, sports bras, socks, gloves, it never ends.
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Shorts get rinsed in the shower and hung up to dry after every ride. Jerseys and shorts machine washed about once a week, then hung up to dry.
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Thanks!

I know, kind of silly post, but your comments really did help. Great group here on Bike Forums.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Cypress
I bury my face in them and sniff until I remove all of the odor.

If it was a long ride, I'll condition the chamois with my tongue.

I also suck all of the salt off of the straps to replace what I lost during the ride.
Sage wisdom indeed. Thanks for the laughs Cypress.
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Originally Posted by bmunroe
Sage wisdom indeed. Thanks for the laughs Cypress.
Laughs?

Ah, he's Cypress. He's serious. It's a Montana thing I think.
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I put them on a rack and air dry them with a fan first...so the bacteria have no chance

then once dry I toss them in a pile with the other stuff and wait for laundry moment


as long as they are air-dried first I can wait forever to wash them

I got like 12 pairs so I never run out of freshies
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I don't have a whole lot of gear so if it's not washed that day, it'll be washed the following, otherwise I'll be riding in Jeans or Bare-Back.
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Hang 'em to dry somewhere, dump in the special bike laundry hamper, wash what's there in the machine with Woolite when I run out of stuff, hanging to dry. My bike stuff never sees a dryer. I recently started adding liquid fabric softener and like the light, pleasant smell. I hope it doesn't hasten the breakdown of techinical fabrics.
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If you're riding a multi-day tour and you can't wash and dry everyday, then turn the shorts and jersey inside out and let the sun bake them. This will kill the bacteria. But it won't remove the skid mark.
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
Laughs?

Ah, he's Cypress. He's serious. It's a Montana thing I think.

Wait, only Montanan's do this?

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Kit goes right into the wash with a scoop of baking soda in addition to laundry soap. Double rinse. Machine dry on low. I'm thoroughly domesticated.
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Machine wash, usually within 24-48 hours of ride, and air-dry. I end up planning my laundry around my biking schedule (i.e., let's hold off until I do my ride tomorrow...).

Wow. I plan my laundry schedule. How lame am I?
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