I'm another one who only wears stuff for one ride. That means shirt, padded shorts or tights, socks. I don't wear underwear. Does anyone with padded shorts or padded bike tights? Just one ride. One whiff of the stuff is all you need to know that they won't go back on my body until they've been washed.If I've read your post properly @Ridgeway you are washing after every ride.
I wouldn't dream of doing that for all sorts of reasons.
All except socks and undershorts or things with their own pads get used several times - perfectly hygienic and I always shower before cycling.
Then i wait until I have a full load of 30 degree cycling stuff and do it all together.
On a normal duration wash. Low spin speed.
Clever short cycle low capacity washes are inefficient in several ways.
Maybe I'm missing something but my system just seems to make sense/be most efficient in terms of detergent/water/power/my time.
Cycling stuff of course drips dry, though wind is good - no need for heat. In fact I've spent a fair bit of time in the Med and would always hang stuff out at night there - not a good idea to subject lycra to blazing sun.
So I'd relax. Don't be a slave to your gear.
You can get little mesh bags for things like socks, velcro items - pop in bag into the machine alongside your other stuff. Saves any snags - even if done up velcro tabs can come undoneWord of warning.
After throwing all my gear in the machine after a nice wet winter ride, on taking them out to dry the Velro on the gloves was stuckto the back of my nice Rapha jacket. Without thinking pulled them off and left two large thumbprints of piling marks. Not a big disaster but don't want any more of them, so 'closing' Velcro before washing is the new mantra.
I wash stuff when it needs washing, not always every time I use it. A visual test and a sniff tells me what is fit for further use and what isn't. I don't tend to specifically dress up for cycling, other than the fact I might put shorts on rather than longs if temperatures permit. Not because I think shorts are essential riding wear, simply they are less hassle with no flappy bits of leg material to come into contact with an oily chain.Anyone else not wash their kit after each ride ? maybe it's just me