Practical tips to take care of your cycling clothes
In the times that run any cycling garment goes out for a bundle. The leotards and culottes of the best brands of cycling clothing They are quoted at the price of gold and their purchase begins to suppose a whole spill for the family economy.
If a few years ago it was relatively easy to equip yourself with a summer outfit for less than 100 euros, now it is practically impossible to do it for less than 150 or 200. All this with luck and after carefully combing the best bargains on the market.
If you're tired of having to melt your savings into clothes and cycling accessories maybe it's because you don't treat your sportswear well enough. Wash cycling clothes It is an art and doing it correctly will extend the life of the product and allow you to delay your next order a little.
Did you know that cycling clothes it can not to wash either way? Through some practical advice I tell you why!
How to wash cycling clothes
Wash clothes in cold water: If you are going to put a washing machine for cycling, forget about high temperatures and excessive spinning. Cycling clothing should never be washed in temperatures above 30 degrees (cold). Hot water can wear down membrane material and even lycra tissue. Clothes can be washed in the washing machine, but always with cold water. Also avoid excessively long washing programs.
Wash clothes inside out: Although washing laundry in reverse may seem silly, it is not. It is the best way to preserve colors and prevent new clothes from leaving part of their dye. Most disasters could have been avoided by simply turning clothes inside out. Also take care to close the zippers and the products with velcro like gloves, vests or booties.
Pay attention to the pockets: You would not be the first to put a jersey with a gel or a stick in the pocket in the washing machine. In the rush we neglect these details and the large amount of sugar that these products carry can leave the clothes in real chrome. Make sure you put your clothes in the washing machine with no objects in your pockets. Beyond the jersey or shorts you can even damage the washing machine.
Forget about fabric softener: use neutral soap and leave softeners aside. Washing sportswear with fabric softener is the worst thing you can do. The aggressiveness of this product greatly wears the garments and "eats" the fabric of the chamois. Also, do not use bleach or soap for colored garments.
Avoid the dryer: do not put cycling clothes in the dryer. Hot air does not feel good to the elastic lycra. Also, don't have the fabulous idea of drying clothes with a heater or leaving them on top of a radiator. It is best if the cycling clothing dries by itself and is left on the clothesline. Avoid direct sunlight and try to leave it in an open and ventilated place. You can dry the jerseys with a hanger. As much as possible try to save the tweezers that can leave a mark.
Do not iron the cycling clothes: nothing to put culottes and jerseys on the plate. Cycling clothing is not ironed. Lycra generally does not tend to cause wrinkles. In case you see wrinkled clothes, the elasticity of the lycra is likely to correct the imperfections by itself. The heat from the iron could destroy your most precious cycling clothes.
Do not mix it with other clothes: Avoid washing cycling clothes with street clothes. Jerseys, jeans or shirts are not made from the same fabric, nor do they require the same washing program. These garments are washed with fabric softener and at a higher temperature. Also, do not wash cycling clothing with towels or pure cotton clothing. Try to accumulate some more technical clothing and wash it with t-shirts, tracksuits or elastic pants. You may have to wait longer to do the laundry but in the long run your pocket will appreciate it.
Do not keep dirty clothes: I imagine that no one keeps clothes with mud spots in the closet, however, more than one cyclist leaves the clothes hanging for a week until the next departure. Leaving a sweaty sportswear is the worst thing you can do. Salt is very aggressive and in addition to "eating" the membranes accumulates in the tissues.
If you have seen any of your elastic bands break, it is likely that the explanation lies in the salt accumulated for days.
Look at the labels: Each manufacturer offers its own recommendations. Cycling brands work with similar fabrics but with different compositions. It is important that you pay attention to the details provided on the label and that you try to follow the instructions. Don't go crazy either. If you paid attention to all the indications, you should wash each garment with a different program.
Beware of special fabrics: Pay attention to waterproof garments and special windstopper-type fabric. Try to wash them when least possible. Excessive washing load can impair the technicality and quality of the thin membranes that are placed on these garments. Obviously if you arrive full of mud you will have no choice but to wash the raincoat.