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7/28/10 12:22 A

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Woolite is terribly harsh detergent. Don't use it for your workout clothes or your handwash woolens. I use Dreft for gentle cycle stuff and Eucalan for wool knits.

Woolite BAD. (shudder)

Ok. I'm going to put my bike pants in the wash now.


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7/27/10 8:29 A

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Sometimes I put baking soda in with my workout clothes when I wash to rid them of odor.

Really great tips here, don't have any bike shorts yet, still looking for them.

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7/26/10 10:21 P

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So when the bike shorts start to give up the spandex on the butt do you tell that person in front of you about it?

I do...don't think it is kind to let them wear them again. I find the guys especially are oblivious to this and they don't tell each other about it...PLEASE tell them.

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7/26/10 9:45 P

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Thanks for the tips. Great reminder.

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7/26/10 12:48 P

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Thanks for the tips. I always run my sports clothes with a extra rinse and use "free" detergent so my black shorts always looks nice and black. The double rinse also works because I have very sensitive skin, and sweat and detergent residue give me a rash.

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7/25/10 8:27 P

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Great tips! Thanks!

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7/25/10 5:21 P

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thanks for the tips....a few were new to me!

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7/25/10 5:19 P

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Good tips. Thanks for sharing.

Another thing to do: Have you noticed how your (bib) shorts' chamois doesn't seem to be padding your butt the way it once did? That chamois material becomes compressed, and less springy, the more you sit and ride.

Solution? Get about 1/2 dozen old (bounceless) tennis balls, throw them in the dryer with your bib(s), TURN THE HEAT OFF (fluff or air dry) and let the cycle run for about 20-30 minutes. After a couple of ''sessions'' with the tennis balls, you should begin noticing a difference.

Ride safe!

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Got this off of a sportswear website. Some good tips! I switched to Winn Sportswear detergent as some sweat stains and oder were not coming out of my cycle and running wear with regular detergent or Woolite (and come to find out...Woolite is bad for cycle shorts!). The product works GREAT and Smells terrific! Anyway...here are some interesting tips:

How To Care For
Bike Shorts
Here are 10 simple tips to get the most out of your bike shorts:

Wash your shorts regularly (after each ride or day's commute) to prevent infections and saddle sores.

Hang dry the shorts to eliminate mechanical wear from the dryer and the potential for damage to the elastic fibers caused by high heat.

When hang drying, do so in the shade, to reduce fading and damage done by direct sunlight.

Avoid using Woolite and fabric softeners - they interfere with the wicking ability of the fabrics.

Consider using a dye and fragrance-free detergent to avoid the build-up of unnecessary chemicals in the fabric.

Be careful when applying insect repellants containing DEET, which can damage plastics and synthetic fabrics.

Inspect your seat-post bolt(s) to make sure they don't have any protruding or sharp edges that can tear holes in your shorts.

Inspect any Velcro, zip-tie or other fasteners on your saddle, seat-pack and top tube to make sure that they can't snag or rub against your shorts.

Avoid jackets, jerseys and vests with Velcro at the hemline that could rub against your shorts while pedaling or walking. Velcro will very rapidly chew through the Lycra fabric used in bike shorts.

Place gloves and other clothing with Velcro on it in a separate "delicates" mesh bag in the laundry, to keep the Velcro from snagging the Lycra fabrics during the wash cycle.


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