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Velo Dog's never-fail, works-for-everything guide to washing cycling clothing

Old 08-14-10, 12:02 AM
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Velo Dog's never-fail, works-for-everything guide to washing cycling clothing

Put it in the washing machine, cold water, delicate cycle, with a modest scoop of whatever kind of detergent you have around. if you're a gambler, try warm water.
Turn it on.
After it spins out, hang it out of the sun to dry. If you're a gambler, try the dryer.

About every other time I pick up the computer, there's a question about how to wash that stuff. I've followed this procedure for 40 years with everything, including wool jerseys and old-style real-chamois padded shorts, and never ruined anything. If your gear won't stand this kind of treatment, it's too fragile to take seriously anyway. You should never buy athletic clothing that requires special care.
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Old 08-14-10, 12:53 AM
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why don't you just tell people to read the tag on their clothes.
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Old 08-14-10, 08:33 PM
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The helmet,shoes,and gloves can still go in the dishwasher
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Originally Posted by spry View Post
The helmet,shoes,and gloves can still go in the dishwasher
Helmet in the dishwasher? I guess. Never thought about it.
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Everything I've read(apart from this thread) about technical fabrics says cold water detergents are too harsh and should not be used.
eg
https://www.groundeffect.co.nz/faq/washing.php
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I wash my bike clothes with all my other clothes on a normal (energy saver cycle) wash with cold water. Afterward, I hang dry my nicer stuff, while I dry my cheap Nashbar jersey or cheap PI shorts. I've been doing this for over a year, and the my bike clothes are still in good condition.
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Originally Posted by ptle View Post
I wash my bike clothes with all my other clothes on a normal (energy saver cycle) wash with cold water. Afterward, I hang dry my nicer stuff, while I dry my cheap Nashbar jersey or cheap PI shorts. I've been doing this for over a year, and the my bike clothes are still in good condition.
Yepyep. Use your preferred detergent, it's all the same from what I can tell. The most damage is done from the intense heat and flopping around in the drier. Skip the drier and hang the clothes to dry.
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I have machine washed and machine dried on low heat for the past 20 years. No problems at all. If you can soak it in sweat and road dirt, squish it with 170 lbs pressure and rub it on a leather saddle for 4 hours at a time, it can surely stand a light toss in the laundry machine. I agree with Velo Dog's assertion though.
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Sheesh -- you guys all do it the hard way. I just toss mine in the hamper. The next time my stuff, it will be washed, folded, and put away....
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How do I get my white jerseys to be really white again without bleach?
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How do I get my white jerseys to be really white again without bleach?
A company called RIT makes a powder you can use. It's a one-use package. One is called "color remover" and I think one is called
Brightener or something. They both whiten- one is stronger than the other, just not sure which. You can find it in the detergent isle by the dyes.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Sheesh -- you guys all do it the hard way. I just toss mine in the hamper. The next time my stuff, it will be washed, folded, and put away....

Yup same here, pop open the closet door, throw my dirty clothes in the hamper, like freaken magic a few days later it is clean, fresh, folded, sorted, and back in the right drawer/hanger.
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Another member mentioned washing your shorts in the shower, and that seems to be working for me.
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Do not put helmet in dishwasher!
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
Put it in the washing machine, cold water, delicate cycle, with a modest scoop of whatever kind of detergent you have around. if you're a gambler, try warm water.
Turn it on.
After it spins out, hang it out of the sun to dry. If you're a gambler, try the dryer.

About every other time I pick up the computer, there's a question about how to wash that stuff. I've followed this procedure for 40 years with everything, including wool jerseys and old-style real-chamois padded shorts, and never ruined anything. If your gear won't stand this kind of treatment, it's too fragile to take seriously anyway. You should never buy athletic clothing that requires special care.
^ This x10...
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Sheesh -- you guys all do it the hard way. I just toss mine in the hamper. The next time my stuff, it will be washed, folded, and put away....

this


sadly, this is what i was hoping to see in the original post. i was disappointed.
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This time of the year, drying is kind of optional, anyway, because my stuff gets soaked after a few minutes on the bike in any event. But I do just what Velo Dog suggests most of the time. In the winter, I drape the stuff over a cast iron radiator.

Banerjek's approach works pretty well most of the time around here as well. Usually when I'm looking for a jersey or shorts, they're hanging on the line.
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A co-worker's coach who's a former pro (with me so far?) said that saddle sores are often the result of bacteria that still makes it through the washing machine. He said to dry cycling shorts even when it says not to in order to kill all the bacteria. Not sure if it's accurate or not, but I haven't got saddles sores from cycling since starting this a few months back.
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The road cycling forum... where even the simple task of washing your clothes gets complicated.
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Originally Posted by 383 View Post
why don't you just tell people to read the tag on their clothes.
Because they've demonstrated they're too dumb to do that.
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Originally Posted by 383 View Post
why don't you just tell people to read the tag on their clothes.
I read those things and get even more confused. Especially when they look like hieroglyphics.
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
Because they've demonstrated they're too dumb to do that.
i resemble this comment.
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