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How Often Do You Have To Wash Your Gloves

Old 07-28-12, 07:09 AM
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How Often Do You Have To Wash Your Gloves

I just couldnt help it. Had to ask. It's late in the season and we've discussed every other little nuance.......how far can your gloves go before they get that wicked sour smell that even you cant stand??
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Old 07-28-12, 07:29 AM
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I wear my gloves one to three times before washing them.
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My hands tend to sweat a lot, especially on some of the rides and races I've been doing in this heat, everything is completely drenched in heavy salty sweat. So there's no thinking about it, I throw the gloves in the washer with the kit, with Tide Sport, and air dry.

Although, I do really enjoy the smell of the gloves - mix of leather with slight hint of hand odor. Sometimes I take a whiff during a ride.
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Old 07-28-12, 07:50 AM
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I feel the need to wash them after every ride coz I'm using them to wipe sweat from my face the whole time riding.
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Old 07-28-12, 07:56 AM
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After the 3rd or 4th ride, same as my bibs so I wash them together.
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^ew
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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
^ew
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Always wash your bibs and jersey!
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When the dried snot cakes up into a translucent crust.
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I try to wash them after every ride.
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Originally Posted by c_bake View Post
After the 3rd or 4th ride, same as my bibs so I wash them together.
That is just nasty washing your bibs the 3 or 4th time!
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I haven't washed my gloves since I bought them, & they're getting slight smell now(I have quite a few in rotation), I never thought of throwing them in the washing machine I was going to hand wash them.
It safe to throw them in the bag with my bibs, & jerseys?

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After the 3rd or 4th ride, same as my bibs so I wash them together.
Yuck!!!
I'd hate to be caught behind you while riding.
If you have a few in rotation then this is ok, I only wear a bib, or jersey once before I toss it in the hamper.
I ride everyday, & have enough bibs or jerseys to rotate them.
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Old 07-28-12, 10:13 AM
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I hand wash them (per tag instructions) whenever I see the sweat marks, so every 2 or so rides.
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I wash gloves, when my hands still have that glovy smell even after I shower.
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Wash them, never thought of that. Mine are fairly stiff when I first put them on, but they soften up after a couple of miles.
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Old 07-28-12, 10:34 AM
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Only if I have to do a #2 during a ride and get poo on them.

A little bit of pee never killed anybody so if I get any on the gloves, I don't bother washing them.
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Assos gloves don't ever seem to smell.
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I wash them whenever the smell gets too strong to handle.
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Might consider throwing them in with the bibs for the first time because I read this thread
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I hand wash gloves after just about every ride. I don't want the vecro on the gloves to snag my jersey, so I don't wash them with the shorts and jersey.

Just a drop of soap, a few squeezes, rinse, then wrap in a towel to get the surface water off, and air dry them overnight.

The gloves feel a lot better if they are clean.
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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
^ew
Just to reinterate . . . shorts get washed after every ride -- especially in the summer. Otherwise you're asking for a nice rash . . .
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First guy ever heard say that.
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I hand wash gloves after just about every ride. I don't want the vecro on the gloves to snag my jersey, so I don't wash them with the shorts and jersey.
I put my shorts and jersey in a wash bag when I launder them so things like that don't happen to them.
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I wash gloves when they smell skanky or feel crusty. The 8.5 miles commute (ride home is always after dark and it's cool) isn't tough on gloves but on a 20+ mile ride I sweat a lot more. So maybe every 2-3 weeks depending on how many longer rides I take and the weather. YMMV.
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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
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2nd that.
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Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
When the dried snot cakes up into a translucent crust.



I wash mine after one long ride and maybe one or two short rides. It's the sweat that makes mine reek. I'm continually pressing on my helmet to squish the sweat out of the brow padding and will use the gloves to wipe that last few drops off my forehead and nose. And it does get sour. Shoot, I dont even wash them until they stink. Then they go in the sink for handwash and rinse. Drip dry.
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