Ultimate Guide to Caring for Your Cycling Clothing

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

Thanks to our friends at Cycle Superstore for this advice on how to look after your delicate cycling clothing.

Cycling clothing is every cyclist’s best friend, offering warmth during chilly winter rides and keeping you cool in the summer heat. Crafted from high-performance fabrics, it’s designed to wick moisture away from your skin. Taking good care of your cycling kit ensures its longevity.

Read The Label

Cycling gear is both pricey and delicate, so handle it with care and adhere to the manufacturer’s washing instructions. For machine-washable items, opt for a delicate setting and use a non-bio detergent. Avoid softeners, especially for rain jackets, as they may clog the fabric. Since you’ll be washing at low temperatures, choose a detergent suitable for this purpose. Some manufacturers even offer their own specialized detergents tailored for technical athletic wear, like Assos Active wear cleaner – see Cycle SuperStore HERE

Zip It & Bag It

Wash your cycling clothes separately from regular laundry to prevent damage. Items like jeans or anything with Velcro can harm delicate fabrics. Before tossing them in the washing machine, zip everything up, turn them inside out, and place them in a mesh bag or pillowcase. This step safeguards jersey prints and prevents loose zippers from damaging other pieces. Cycle SuperStore’s range of mesh bags can be found HERE

Drying Out

Opt for air-drying over a tumble dryer. The heat from dryers can harm high-performance fabrics. For hand-washed gear, lay the damp kit flat on a large towel, then fold the edges over to cover the garments. Ring the towel out just as you would if it were full of water.

Waterproof Clothing Care

Wash rain jackets only when necessary, as excessive washing reduces their performance. Consider restoring waterproofness with a Durable Water Proofing (DWR) coating available in the market. Some products clean and re-proof your clothing simultaneously, requiring heat activation. Always follow the application instructions, ensuring the garment is clean and dry beforehand. Avoid treating non-fabric areas like buttons and zippers, and take precautions against inhaling chemicals as some products are flammable.