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    How many rides before you wash your kit?

    Just wondering. I only use one kit for each ride and wash after I have enough for a wash.

    What do you guys do? 1, 2, 5 rides before washing?

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    er... 1 ride 1 wash thanks very much.
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    Isn't this kind of a personal question? Or do you mean clothing?

    Once it gets so crunchy you can't fold it, it is time to wash it.

    I find a good rinse in the shower is often adequate. I wash my jersey when it begins to smell so bad that my wife threatens to withold ..... dinner. (I ride with an under-shirt as well. That gets washed after one use.)

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    One ride one wash. I've read scary things about bacterial infections from chamois not often washed. I like my man bits in optimal condition. I might wear a jersey twice if it was a cool, short ride. Not the shorts though...

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    One ride no matter how short or long = wash.

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    My mid week rides are an hour. I'll wear my kit twice. Anything after an hour I'd wash.

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    One ride, one wash--except the outer layer jacket in winter...

    Touring tip--wash your kit in the shower with you when you finish the day's ride--always clean and dry by morning.
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    1 ride = wash

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    Fresh clean clothing for every ride. I washed my HR monitor last week by accident. It even went through the dryer but it still works.

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    No wash. Ride. Throw away. Open a new kit. Ride. Repeat.

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    One ride one wash is it unanimous yet?
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    I wash jersey, bib shorts and gloves after each ride..and I shower too.

    I'll even clean the dried salt from sweat off my helmet straps.

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    Oh jesus...how long 'til old whatsername chimes in about how many rides she does before washing her kit? That was nasty...
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    How many rides before you wash your kit?

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    Oh jesus...how long 'til old whatsername chimes in about how many rides she does before washing her kit? That was nasty...
    There is a story here ......

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    I'm trying to figure out why you wouldn't wash your jersey/shorts/bibs after every use.

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    knicks, undershirt (in winter) or jersey (in summer), socks get 1 days wear
    Jacket, long over-knicks, leg/arm warmers get 2-3 days depending on how much I sweat.
    gloves may go a week or so before a wash.

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    One ride, one wash. There is NO substitute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I wash jersey, bib shorts and gloves after each ride..and I shower too.

    I'll even clean the dried salt from sweat off my helmet straps.
    +1 regarding the Helmet. I rinse my helmet (as a whole) & sunglasses after every ride.

    Bibs / Shorts / Jersey...1 use. If it's a cool weather ride, and fairly short, I'll get 2 rides out of my Jersey.
    Last edited by willstylez; 07-24-2014 at 05:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wabasso View Post
    There is a story here ......
    Yeah, there was a lady around here that waited a disgustingly long time before a wash.

    It was nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    Yeah, there was a lady around here that waited a disgustingly long time before a wash.

    It was nasty.
    Okay, I'm going to throw up now...

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    1 ride = 1 wash. though I s'pose if you wash it every ride, that was wash is probably different than a full cycle. I quick soak in a bowl, rub together, mash it with my hands, pay particular attention to chamois. rinse. done. 5 minutes. other times, if I'm lazy, ultra handwash cycle in machine.

    but yes, I perspire so much that I wash it every time. My buddy when asked said he washes it every other ride, same with his tops.

    gloves = never (I know, right)
    helmet = little less than never (rinse it off when I remember)
    socks = my shoes are really vented and I can get 2-3 rides out of socks before I wash them (just because).

    ..... i don't know why these items don't make it to my "must wash" category, probably because they can't give me ass sores.

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    Everything every time, but I'm an OCD clean nut. I wash mine in the bathroom sink in liquid baby detergent, hang and let drip dry.
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    Wash bib and jersey everytime. Sometimes in winter, I will wear the outer layer bibs a second time if using shorts with chamois and bib tights without over the top.

    But the chamois is to absorb sweat, do you really want to wear it more than once.

    As for jerseys, I have enough. Over the years I have accumulated them from rides, clubs and souvenirs. Can't ride enough to wear them all. Now use them for running too.

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    Shorts/bibs = one ride, one wash. Even the wool ones. If it has a chamois, it gets washed.

    Poly jerseys and underthings = one ride, one wash

    Cool Weather Gear Like Tights and Arm Warmers = it depends. No chamois, it can go a couple of cycles if you don't sweat too much. I hang them up turned inside out to let them dry.

    Wool jerseys = they too can wait a bit. Hand wash every three or four rides. You don't want to be too aggressive and wash out the oils in wool that give it its warm properties when it gets damp or wet. Wool doesn't get the same funk that poly materials can get if you let it marinate in body proteins and sweat. However, wet wool smells like, well, wet wool. And I always wear a base layer (that is washed every time) to catch perspiration.
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