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Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:06 pm
by Mustang
kait wrote:
Crowz wrote:I am never going to buy second hand clothing. Gross.


Why not? Once it's washed it's clean and all traces of the other person are gone.

I find ebay invaluable for second hand cycling clothesn on a budget.

Its so cheap on ebay, there is no reason not to have multiples, if you are a small I'll send you some for free!!!!!!

Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:11 pm
by il padrone
Most of the need to wash cycling jerseys frequently is due to the PONG factor of 'Stinkmax' (Coolmax) and related synthetics. I'll wear cotton t-shirts for 2-3 days in summer before they "go off", but if you want clothing that lasts between washes you can't go past the merino. Ground Effect have a few nice merino-mix cycling jerseys (merino inner surface, polyester exterior) and for winter I have a couple of Rapha 100% merino short-sleeved tops that I wear under other jerseys. In Central Australia on our recent tour we wore light Icebreaker merino tops and they were good for 4-5 days in hot weather before they got a bit much (mine got quite crusty from sweat but still no pong or other problems).

I am convinced that modern Australians have a cleanliness fetish when it comes to clothing and a bit of sweat :roll:

Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:25 pm
by Bentnose
I'll usually go 2-3 rides depending how sweaty I get in the jersey, sometimes 1. Knicks I wash every use, gloves when they stink, socks usually 2 rides.Have done 24 hour races without changing anything so that was probably the grossest I've been on a bike. I remember mentioning to my teamates that I hadn't bothered having a shower during the event (they were heading off for a shower about halfway through), the reply was, "we know". Can't please women sometimes.

Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:24 pm
by gorilla monsoon
You take pride in grottiness? We live in strange times.

Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:01 pm
by JustJames
Years ago I recall reading some wisdom along the lines of:

In every group there's one stinky person...if you don't know who it is, it's probably you.

Seems this thread is where the stinkers have come to roost.


Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:27 pm
by il padrone
JustJames wrote:Seems this thread is where the stinkers have come to roost.

I'll say it again.

Coolmax = stinkmax, lots of pong even after just one day (I can smell it on myself)


Merino = sweet and comfy, no smell even after 4 days


I'm old enough to remember pre-coolmax days, even pre-lycra. Woollen jerseys were something you refrained from washing too much. The more they got washed the more they'd shrink, pretty soon it'll only fit little Johnny. Wool has a lot of special properties that no synthetics have yet been able to completely replicate.

Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:30 pm
by JustJames
IP - you do a lot of cycle touring. No argument that rules are different when you're on the road.

But if we're talking about racing, training, commuting or JRA, I can't see a reason not to wash your kit. Whether it's made of nylong, cotton or sheep.

Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:35 pm
by il padrone
No problem, I'd agree that washing kit is easier around home. But every unit washed is just adding to our water consumption. Merino jerseys are just one other option that needs a bit less frequent washing, while not developing a pong problem. Same goes for cotton or wool socks. Now wool knicks, I will not return to.

Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:20 pm
by il padrone
Wool knicks!! Shesh, they are still making these things :shock: .

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lightweight interlock knit with a touch of nylon and elastic for power. No sagging!




Really not sure that I can believe that - too many old memories

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Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:20 pm
by ozzymac
The only thing I wash every day are my sunnies......

Everything else gets hung out in the sun dried and aired off and its good for 3 to 4 days.

Hasn't attracted to many flies so far. :lol:



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Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:30 pm
by greyhoundtom
ozzymac wrote:The only thing I wash every day are my sunnies......

Everything else gets hung out in the sun dried and aired off and its good for 3 to 4 days.

Hasn't attracted to many flies so far. :lol:

What wash your cycling gear? .............They way I ride the only time I ever have to wash my cycling clothing is when it gets dirty due to me falling off the bike. :lol: :wink:

Re: Cycling hygene

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:36 pm
by toolonglegs
I wash everyday... even my gloves ( due to snot ). Have to wash everyday with kids in the house so not a big issue... plus sponsors give us plenty of cheap but great quality kit so I have a good back up supply.
Gets a bit much in winter though when you start wearing 10 -15 articles of clothing :oops: .