Shorts - Washing reccomendations?

GrahamGillooly Posts: 66
edited November 2008 in Workshop
What is the best way to wash your cycling shorts?

I've never had any lycra to wash until now and would like to know the best way to get them fresh without wearing them out (as they will be washed alot obviously)

I'll be getting another pair anyway, but just for the meantime and future longevity..



  • It's best to wash shorts, base layers, jerseys after every ride - sweat makes the garments smelly and eventually destroys the material - have 2 or 3 pairs of shorts, longs etc so you can ride next day if things aren't dry (generally lycra is pretty fast drying)
  • whyamihere
    whyamihere Posts: 7,708
    Washing machine on the super delicates setting with delicate washing liquid, then drip dry them.
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    Also avoid using fabric conditioner when washing technical fabrics.
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
  • bobpzero
    bobpzero Posts: 1,431
    ive used Assos Active Wear Cleanser, its expensive but it does what its meant to.
    . handwash in a clean basin in warmish water and then drip dry, tho trying to find somewhere indoors and out of the way i find difficult.
  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    I bung all my stuff in the washing machine on a 30 degree wash, non bio powder or liquid and no fabric softner. Also make sure any velcro fastenings on other things are fastened and inside out - velcro will eat lycra in a 1400 rpm spin!
    Carlsberg don't make cycle clothing, but if they did it would probably still not be as good as Assos
  • brucey72
    brucey72 Posts: 1,086
    i put all my cycling clothes in a pillow case before washing at 30c. Stops any damage to the fabric caused by it getting rubbed together at high speed
  • aracer
    aracer Posts: 1,649
    Silk programme in the machine (30 degrees) with soapflakes for all my sports kit.
  • 30 degree wash, with liquid for washing wool. And always close the velcro tabs on gloves.