Lycra shorts and how to clean them
I always wash mine at 40 degrees. I’ve even occasionally put them in the tumble dryer on a delicate cycle if I need them in a hurry. However, on the bacteria argument, does 40 really make a difference? Body temperature is 37 degrees and we’re talking about a body part that gets very warm and moist and the bacteria love it there. How hot would you need to get to kill the bugs rather than just sloshing them out?Posted 9 years ago
I wash my Lycra kit after every ride at 40C and then tumble dried on Low, (including Â£110 Assoss shorts) this means its ready to ride again after about two hours (if I left it to the wife, I’d be lucky to see it in two weeks).
I’ve been washing my own cycling kit for the last 15 years and haven’t had any problems yet.Posted 9 years agoOgglesMember
Wash at 40 here, too. I tumble dry cheapo lycra shorts, for the time saving benefits like Dibbs mentioned. It’s worth it so your not rummaging through the black holes that are laundry baskets when you want to go out on a ride.Posted 9 years ago
More expensive/fleece lined stuff I will put in the airing cupboard, but would probably be just as fine in the dryer.pantsonfireMember
Wouldnt you need to wash at 70’c + to kill off bacteria. With modern detergents you can wash at 15’c and it will get perfectly clean.
In fact with modern washing machines most things dont even need detergent its the tumbling action and the rinsing that gets off the dirt all the detergent does is make the clothes smell nice. I use one of these and my clothes are spotlessPosted 9 years agobrantSubscriber
Can I tell my story again?
When I was 16-20 I worked in Two Wheels Good in Leeds. Had a bloke come in one day asking about cycling shorts.
“I ride to work, 20 miles each way… Got these shorts – y’know… wink… the ones with the chammy liner? you wear ’em without pants underneath don’t you… wink”… he says.
“Thats right.” I said.
“Anyhow”, he continues, “I’ve got about six months out of this pair, and they’ve had it really. Tried chammy creme in them for the last month, but its no good. I think I’ll have a new pair”.
“OK”, I say… “well, here’s what we’ve got – if you’re putting the mileage in, these Cannondale ones are great. Synthetic chammy, 8 panel construction”…
“Ah”, says the customer, “synthetic chammy?”… Er, so, wow… would that mean I could wash them?”Posted 9 years agoSandwichSubscriber
A touch of napisan in with the detergent kills the bacteria and hasn’t ruined my shorts yet. A long time ago a washing machine tech recommended that I half the detergent used from the pack recommendations (it still cleans dirt from the clothes but will not mask BO smells from live bacteria).Posted 9 years agorogerredhatMember
Wash all cycling kit at 40 degrees. In winter, dry on radiator. In summer, dry on line.
What’s all this tumble drying and it’s ready in two hours boll**ks? Either of my methods (including the washing time) will have them ready in less time than that, and without an effect on my electricity bill akin to burning Â£20 notes.
Sheesh.Posted 9 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
Trying to be environmentally friendly and also save a few pounds, I wash everything at 30 deg, and on light wash. Then hang dry close to boiler or rad. Ready in 1 hour total, and does not whiff (wife would tell me if it did). Try it – you probably won’t die, you’ll save some money and do a bit of good for the planetPosted 9 years ago
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