Have you given your cycling or triathlon clothing a whiff after your training sessions or after a long ride? The smell could sometimes drain more energy out of you than your workout did! Luckily, you can get rid of the unpleasant smelling evidence of your hard, hard work by diligently washing your garments.
But don’t just throw your gear into the washing machine. Your activewear is made from specialised fabrics that can get damaged when subjected to the automatic hard spinning cycles. Preserve your customised cycling jersey’s quality for a longer time by following these tips:
1. DO NOT leave them in your bag, in the laundry basket, or lying around just anywhere
It’s normal to feel dead tired after a long ride or after your demanding triathlon training. Doing the laundry could be the last thing on your mind. But take note that damp clothing is the perfect place for bacteria and nasty smells to build up.
So if you can’t wash your jerseys right away, just make sure to hang your sportswear as soon as you get home. This allows your clothes to air out, avoiding bacteria from growing and foul odours from sticking. Make sure to also rinse your gear first before hanging them if they are covered in mud or grime.
2. DO NOT just throw them directly into the washing machine
Follow these steps to wash your cycling or triathlon clothing safely and properly:
– Zip up all zippers
– Turn them inside out
– Separate whites from coloureds
– As much as possible, hand wash your activewear. If you will use a washing machine, use a mesh bag. Make sure to set it at delicate/gentle wash cycle.
– Wash in cold or lukewarm water. Avoid hot temperatures at all costs as the heat will destroy your special sports gear.
– When the washing is done, don’t leave your cycling clothes or tri gear soaking. Take them out and hang them right away to dry.
3. DO NOT use bleach, fabric softeners/conditioners, and strong detergents
These can damage the fabric of your specialised triathlon clothing and affect the garment’s wicking and waterproof capabilities. It is best to use a soft detergent or one that is specific for sports gear.
4. DO NOT use the dryer
The heat will affect the fibres of the customised garments and can cause them to shrink or lose shape and damage the elastic bands. For the same reason, avoid drying them directly under the sun and do not iron them. Instead, allow them to air dry. If you are going to use clothes pins, opt for those that won’t break the fibres of your triathlon or cycling clothes.
5. DO NOT wash your gloves and caps with other gear
Hand wash these items to better preserve their quality and shape. The bill of cycling caps can break when thrown into a washing machine, while gloves can become stiff or hard depending on the material. Use the same steps for washing special sportswear (listed under #2).
Your custom cycle jersey’s lifespan will depend on how you care for your activewear. Keep them in tip-top shape by following these basic rules in proper washing and care. Your garments will be thankful, and so will you. You can get the most out of your specialised sports clothing (money-wise too), and keep unwanted smells and bacteria at bay.
However, your gear can only go through so much wear and tear and washing. You will require a new jersey, bib shorts, or tri suits after some time. Make sure to get your new ones only from Impsport, makers of bespoke cycling kit and triathlon gear for Olympic Medallists, World Champions, and clubs across the globe.