How to Care for Your Cycling Gear

Regardless of what type of bike you ride, you should take good care of your cycling gear as it can go a long way towards ensuring that you enjoy every minute in the saddle. Modern fabrics are designed to boost your performance and keep you dry and comfortable. By taking proper care of your cycling gear, you can considerably improve its lifespan and keep it functioning optimally. 

So, what should you do to make sure your bib shorts, jersey, baselayer and jacket last as long as possible? By following these simple guidelines, you can keep your gear looking and feeling like new. 

Wash It Immediately Or Hang It Up

The best way to treat your gear is to wash it immediately after every use. However, we all know that this isn’t always practical, so the second-best option is to hang it up after use. The longer your gear stays in a damp pile on the floor, the more bacteria will breed, and that can lead to lasting unpleasant odours. Leaving your gear scrunched up in a hamper is also a bad idea. 

Rather, turn everything inside out and hang it up outside or in your laundry room. This will help to prevent it from smelling funky, but it’s not ideal, as the salt from perspiration can damage the fabric. 

By Nick Kelly

Written by @lulu on April 21, 2022