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How to wash your cycling kit

How to wash your cycling kit

Sure, you could just throw it in the washing machine. But if you want to do it properly, there are some things you should know.…

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Sure, you could just throw it in the washing machine. But if you want to do it properly, there are some things you should know.

Cycling kit is becoming increasingly advanced and, in many cases, more expensive to boot. Winter jackets, summer jerseys, gravel bibs, gloves, mitts, all sorts of base layers – there’s a specific, and usually highly technical garment for almost every cycling discipline and climate these days. Thankfully, modern kit is very durable, but still, overwashing or poor care will see that kit deteriorate quicker. Given most of our kit gets washed as often as it gets used, what’s the best way to clean cycling kit and avoid damaging it?

I’ve been riding and racing bikes for 20 years, and somewhere along the way, I picked up a basic rule of thumb for washing cycling gear that has served me well. It’s quite simple; a cool 30 °C wash, avoid fabric softener, and never tumble dry. While I was on the right track, I picked up a few new tips while researching this article, and as it turns out, I needn’t have been so tumble dryer-averse. Tips for washing cycling clothing

Sniff test

Not every garment needs to be washed after every ride. Layering garments and accessories may be fine for multiple rides, especially in good weather. By contrast, next-to-skin layers – bib-shorts, base layers, socks, etc. – will need washing after every ride.

Ryan Schoeck of Assos explains that’s not the case for many outer layers. “Outer […]

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