Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

How often do you wash your cycling gloves?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway
View Poll Results: How often do you wash your cycling gloves?
After every ride with my jersey/shorts
15
14.15%
After 2-5 rides
24
22.64%
After 6-10 rides
18
16.98%
After 11+ rides
26
24.53%
I never wash them; just replace them when they disintegrate
23
21.70%
Voters: 106. You may not vote on this poll

How often do you wash your cycling gloves?

Old 01-04-07, 11:08 PM
  #1  
Parttime Member
Thread Starter
 
yeamac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central IL
Posts: 1,104

Bikes: 2021 Cannondale Topstone Neo SL, 2021 Tesoro Neo SL EQ, 2012 Marin Bridgeway City; 1996 Cannondale MT1000 tandem

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 8 Posts
How often do you wash your cycling gloves?

I think I should wash mine more often than I do...
yeamac is offline  
Old 01-04-07, 11:15 PM
  #2  
Huachuca Rider
 
webist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 4,275

Bikes: Fuji CCR1, Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have two pair and one goes into the wash about monthly.
__________________
Just Peddlin' Around
webist is offline  
Old 01-04-07, 11:26 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Steev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Backwoods of Ontario
Posts: 2,152
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
You didn't include once a week when all the cycling gear gets gathered up and washed as an option.
Steev is offline  
Old 01-04-07, 11:28 PM
  #4  
Parttime Member
Thread Starter
 
yeamac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central IL
Posts: 1,104

Bikes: 2021 Cannondale Topstone Neo SL, 2021 Tesoro Neo SL EQ, 2012 Marin Bridgeway City; 1996 Cannondale MT1000 tandem

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 8 Posts
Originally Posted by webist
I have two pair and one goes into the wash about monthly.
Now there's a good idea. I bought a pair of Pearl Izumi Touring Gel Lite gloves from Performance and liked them so well that I bought a second pair to save when the first ones wear out. But why not put the second one into action now and just rotate them? Hmmm... may just have to do that.

Originally Posted by Steev
You didn't include once a week when all the cycling gear gets gathered up and washed as an option.
Maybe if you ride 2-5 x per week you can check that option.
yeamac is offline  
Old 01-04-07, 11:33 PM
  #5  
You know you want to.
 
Eatadonut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Posts: 1,894

Bikes: Pinarello Prince, 1980's 531 steel fixie commuter, FrankenMTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
wait, question: do you guys seriously wash your gear after every ride?
__________________
Weather today: Hot. Humid. Potholes.
Eatadonut is offline  
Old 01-04-07, 11:40 PM
  #6  
Over the hill
 
urbanknight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 24,315

Bikes: Giant Defy, Giant Revolt

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 975 Post(s)
Liked 1,159 Times in 670 Posts
Originally Posted by Eatadonut
wait, question: do you guys seriously wash your gear after every ride?
Considering that the chamois on a pair of cycling shorts is a breeding ground for bacteria, yes. My jerseys smell after a ride, so they get washed every ride, and let's not talk about socks. My gloves, however, get washed every 2-3 rides. I used to never wash them because the wash made the padding hard, but I don't mind it much now. Of course, I also didn't wash my clothes every ride when I was a teen. Either I didn't sweat as much back then, or I just thought my sweat didn't stink!
urbanknight is offline  
Old 01-04-07, 11:44 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
mezza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: On the intramaweb thing.
Posts: 1,016

Bikes: Steel geared. Steel Fix.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This thread has got me thinking - I gotta chuck the gloves in the basket when I get home.

I use my gloves to wipe snot off the nose and sweat off the brow... Must wash glove, must wash gloves!!........
mezza is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 12:07 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 143
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wait, do you seriously wear stuff more than once?

I couldnt imagine wearing shorts with a chamois twice. No matter how clean you think you are, thats a science expirement waiting to happen in that chamois.

I hope you at least hang out your gear to dry and not just throw it on a pile on the floor.

I wash all my cycling gear and gym gear the same day that I wear it; its just easier that way and I find nothing gets stinky that way by not leaving it for days. I throw in my g/f's gear so it makes a decent sixed laundry load so I dont feel guilty about wasting water or energy.

Originally Posted by Eatadonut
wait, question: do you guys seriously wash your gear after every ride?
urban.one is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 12:18 AM
  #9  
Winter blues...
 
slacker00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Posts: 186

Bikes: 1997 Univega Superstrada

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I couldnt imagine wearing shorts with a chamois twice. No matter how clean you think you are, thats a science expirement waiting to happen in that chamois.
I've tried this a couple times, when I'm backed up on my laundry. Sometimes I can get away with it, but generally the salt from the sweat of the previous ride seems to act like sandpaper and cause chafing. So, now I just try to keep up with the laundry, as well as having a good rotation of cycling gear.

As for gloves, same thing, but hands are tougher than the nethers, so you can get away with longer between washings. I still like to wash my gloves every 100-200 miles.
slacker00 is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 12:35 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 143
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
For me its more the stuff you can't see that would cause worry. Can you say 'crotch rot' ?

I dont always wash my gloves after every ride cuz Ill leave them hanging on my bars after I ride and not bring them in with me. Just a habit.
But it wouldnt be bad to wash them each time... Im not worried about my hands but its everything you touch with your hands when your riding; whether its adjusting your junk or scratching your nose or eating some food.


Originally Posted by slacker00
I've tried this a couple times, when I'm backed up on my laundry. Sometimes I can get away with it, but generally the salt from the sweat of the previous ride seems to act like sandpaper and cause chafing. So, now I just try to keep up with the laundry, as well as having a good rotation of cycling gear.

As for gloves, same thing, but hands are tougher than the nethers, so you can get away with longer between washings. I still like to wash my gloves every 100-200 miles.
urban.one is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 12:39 AM
  #11  
acciaio is real
 
Wurm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Earth (for now)
Posts: 1,109

Bikes: Yes, bicycle(s) I own!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Gotta wash your cycling clothes after they've been worn once I would think. You sweat a hell of a lot more in them than you do in your regular street clothes, and bacteria left in the chamois will give you a very sore ass.

Gloves though, it depends. Sometimes after every ride, sometimes every few rides.
Wurm is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 01:10 AM
  #12  
Banned.
 
Loooty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 307
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I once returned a pair that had lost a seam and they were so gross that the customer service representative would not touch them.
Loooty is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 01:25 AM
  #13  
Good day to ride
 
ekimeno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 564

Bikes: Look KG451, half Record, half Chorus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I wash all cycling clothes after every ride, including gloves. I just wanted to know - how do you guys wash your helmet straps? Its pretty difficult because mine are attached to the helmet (can't remove them), so I end up rinsing them under hot water with a little washing powder...still they're a bit sweat-stinky after drying. Any suggestions?
ekimeno is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 01:37 AM
  #14  
acciaio is real
 
Wurm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Earth (for now)
Posts: 1,109

Bikes: Yes, bicycle(s) I own!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by ekimeno
how do you guys wash your helmet straps? Its pretty difficult because mine are attached to the helmet (can't remove them), so I end up rinsing them under hot water with a little washing powder...
That's about all I do with the straps or helmet. Mine comes out clean enough, but I don't expect it to be like new, just getting the sweat n' salt off is fine.
Wurm is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 02:07 AM
  #15  
Curmudgeon
 
Wil Davis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Nausea, New Hamster
Posts: 1,572

Bikes: (see https://wildavis.smugmug.com/Bikes) Bianchi Veloce (2005), Nishiki Cascade (1992), Schwinn Super Sport (1983)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Twice every three rides, unless there is an "r" in the month, in which case they get washed three times every four rides, that is of course unless there are five Sundays in the month, in which case they get washed every single ride, and twice if the ride is on a Sunday (Cleanliness = next to Godliness); however, if the month has thirty or less days, then they're not washed at all…

…er, I think that's about it.



- Wil
Wil Davis is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 02:11 AM
  #16  
acciaio is real
 
Wurm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Earth (for now)
Posts: 1,109

Bikes: Yes, bicycle(s) I own!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Looks like I won't be riding witcha next month, Wil. :reek:

Wurm is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 02:34 AM
  #17  
climber has-been
 
terrymorse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Posts: 6,831

Bikes: Scott Addict R1, Felt Z1

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3203 Post(s)
Liked 3,289 Times in 1,657 Posts
I wash everything after one wearing, except maybe arm warmers or knee warmers. Gloves get nasty with all the nose wiping and sweat wiping. Blech!

I have about 5 pairs of gloves that I buy once every year and a half.
__________________
Ride, Rest, Repeat

Zwift: Terry Morse [OldAF]
ROUVY: terrymorse





terrymorse is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 05:11 AM
  #18  
Ride 365
 
Lucky07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: NYC/UpperDutchess, NY
Posts: 1,882

Bikes: '06 Cannondale Six 13 Pro 2, '05 Specialized Allez Elite, '04 Jamis Satellite, 90's Raleigh M-45 single speed conversion, 80's Fuji Team single speed conversion, 70's Schwinn World Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I never used to wash my gloves until someone pointed out that alot of sweat & snot gets soaked into them. Now I wash even my winter gloves frequently.
Lucky07 is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 05:48 AM
  #19  
In Memory of One Cool Cat
 
Blackberry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 2,722

Bikes: Lemond Victoire, Cannondale.Mountain Bike, two 1980s lugged steel Treks, ancient 1980-something Giant mountain bike converted into a slick tired commuter with mustache handlebars, 1960-something Raleigh Sports

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Wash my cycling gloves. Now there's an idea I'll have to try sometime.
Blackberry is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 07:01 AM
  #20  
He drop me
 
Grasschopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Central PA
Posts: 11,664

Bikes: '03 Marin Mill Valley, '02 Eddy Merckx Corsa 0.1, '12 Giant Defy Advance, '20 Giant Revolt 1, '20 Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1, some random 6KU fixie

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 138 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 9 Posts
Hmm ok so the next question...HOW do you wash cycling gloves? Just toss them in the washer? Drip dry? I have a pair of PI fall gloves (forget the model...cyclone maybe?) and they haven't been washed...ever...had them for 2 or 3 years now and they are pretty yucky.
__________________
The views expressed by this poster do not reflect the views of BikeForums.net.
Grasschopper is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 08:08 AM
  #21  
Parttime Member
Thread Starter
 
yeamac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central IL
Posts: 1,104

Bikes: 2021 Cannondale Topstone Neo SL, 2021 Tesoro Neo SL EQ, 2012 Marin Bridgeway City; 1996 Cannondale MT1000 tandem

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 8 Posts
Washing instructions on the tag of my PI gloves state:

Machine Wash Cold
Powdered Detergent [I only have liquid -- why do they say "powdered"?]
Do Not Bleach
Do Not Use Fabric Softener
Hang to Dry
Rinse Fabric Thoroughly and Completely (think they got those last two out of order - heh)
Do Not Iron
Do Not Dry Clean

So I would think tossing them in the cold wash with your jerseys/shorts would be ideal
yeamac is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 08:09 AM
  #22  
Rawwrrrrrrrrr!
 
wolfpack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Clayton, NC
Posts: 2,730

Bikes: 2009 Specialized Ruby Sworks SL w/SRAM Red; 2006 Fuji Team RC; 2008 Felt F1x; 1980's Lotus Excelle; Mangusta FG/SS; Rossin (yet to be built up)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
i wash everything that i wore on the ride, including gloves and arm warmers (if worn) because i sweat a lot and everything is either damp or completely wet. plus, it stinks and i don't want to be wearing stinky clothes.
wolfpack is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 08:13 AM
  #23  
He drop me
 
Grasschopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Central PA
Posts: 11,664

Bikes: '03 Marin Mill Valley, '02 Eddy Merckx Corsa 0.1, '12 Giant Defy Advance, '20 Giant Revolt 1, '20 Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1, some random 6KU fixie

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 138 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by yeamac
Washing instructions on the tag of my PI gloves state:

Machine Wash Cold
Powdered Detergent [I only have liquid -- why do they say "powdered"?]
Do Not Bleach
Do Not Use Fabric Softener
Hang to Dry
Rinse Fabric Thoroughly and Completely (think they got those last two out of order - heh)
Do Not Iron
Do Not Dry Clean

So I would think tossing them in the cold wash with your jerseys/shorts would be ideal
Thanks...mine are used enough those tags are unreadable. I got to do some wash this weekend so by Monday I will have some nice clean gloves.
__________________
The views expressed by this poster do not reflect the views of BikeForums.net.
Grasschopper is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 08:18 AM
  #24  
SilentRider
 
FrankBattle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 2,383

Bikes: Trek Madone SLR 7, Giant TCR Advanced Pro, Trek Domane SLR, Trek Emonda SLR Project One (x2), custom Bingham Built Titanium road bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This is unbelievable. I suppose some folks wear underwear for a few days .. and only wash them every other week (followed repeated use)?

And I thought I was overdoing it having 4-5 pairs of gloves (yes, even cold weather riding gloves). Same for clothes. I see I don't have enough. I used to wonder why some people in a paceline reek .. I mean REEK; so much so that even with all the wind around, you still almost have to hold your breath!

I see now
FrankBattle is offline  
Old 01-05-07, 08:22 AM
  #25  
Shredding Grandma!
 
Pamestique's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: So Cal
Posts: 4,803

Bikes: I don't own any bikes

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I might wear them twice but generally they go into the wash with my jersey and shorts otherwise, they get stinky!

Note I wash on cold and air dry - no dryer!

Last edited by Pamestique; 01-05-07 at 12:47 PM.
Pamestique is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.