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Caring for your Cycling Kit

As a cyclist, you know that your gear is an investment that needs looking after to ensure longevity and performance. What you might not know, is that proper care of your cycling kit involves a little more than tossing it into the washing machine after each wear. It’s actually a process that should begin the minute you get in from day out biking. But wait, before you balk at the idea of adding yet another task to your to-do list that will take up your time and eventually become just another thing to stress about, have a look at our guide to proper kit care. You’ll find a collection of tried and tested tips that will save not only time and energy, but your cycle clothing too. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be enjoying gear that keeps its ‘just bought’ condition for longer.

 
 

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You might not be able to put some items, like your helmet, into the washing machine. But bad smells are caused by bacteria and if they are not dealt with, odors can ingrain themselves in fabrics and become virtually impossible to remove. Find a good spray cleaner that will refresh and disinfect to eliminate odors. Unlike the rest of your clothing, gloves and shoes don’t have to be washed after every ride. Spray cleaners will also work here to freshen up shoes and cycling gloves in between washes. A good tip for drying out wet shoes quickly, is to stuff them with newspaper. This absorbs extra moisture but also helps the shoes retain their shape.

The point to good maintenance of your cycling kit is to make it perform the way it was designed to, for longer. Features like water resistance, breathability, and UV protection are all there to enhance your riding experience. And so caring for your kit is less about looking good, than having optimal comfort and performance on every ride. In order to decrease the amount of time you spend in front of your washing machine, we advise investing in more than one set of cycle clothes so you are able to go a few days between washes, and always have a fresh kit to wear.

 
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