How do you wash your kit when on holiday

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Sunny Portrush, 13 Apr 2019.

  1. Sunny Portrush

    Sunny Portrush Über Member

    Just wondering how everyone wash their kit especially shorts when on holiday. This doesnt apply to those who have access to washing machines but i`ll be staying in a hotel (and although it does have a laundry service, that is rather expensive)

    I always take some detergent and just wash them in the sink but always worry that I`m getting them clean enough bearing in mind how you wear the shorts. I also try to leave them in the sunshine in order for the UV light to do it`s business and kill any bacteria

    Is there something else I should be using?
  2. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    I tend to do what I suspect you do - wash then in the sink / shower / bath, rinse them as well as I can and wring them out in a towel. If I'm going for more than a weekend I'll have two sets of cyclewear. So far I've never got any kind of skin infection or whatever.
  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    Sink or shower with what ever soap there is.
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  4. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    You can also get travel tubes of clothes washing detergent.

    I wash my kit in an Ortlieb collapsable bucket/trug/bowl thing. I have read of some use an Ortlieb pannier. Water and detergent in with the clothes, roll it shut, shake it about and taa daa.
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  5. I do what @TheDoctor does. Make sure you've got some Chamois cream with you.....that'll keep the bacteria at bay.
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  6. CXRAndy

    CXRAndy Guru

    hot soapy water in sink . rinse thoroughly and dry. i take 3 sets of kit, wash one, dry one and wear one.
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  7. Domus

    Domus Über Member

    Sunny Radcliffe
    Throw the kit in the shower, shower yourself whilst pretending to tread grapes. Pick up each piece and rinse under shower head and toss into sink basketball style. Wring out in towel should dry overnight.
    Last edited: 13 Apr 2019
  8. Ian H

    Ian H Ancient randonneur

    East Devon
    I take two sets of shorts and vest: wash one, wear one. I use a minimal amount of whatever soap is available (so as not to spend hours rinsing it out), and dry as mentioned above. Never suffered any rashes or other nastiness. I don't use chamois cream unless it's pretty much a continuous event such as Paris-Brest-Paris.
  9. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Yes washing and rinsing under foot in the shower works best. No need for fancy detergent, hotel shower gel isn't much different. Then tread it between two layers of towel and hang up to dry.
  10. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    This is useful. Am going on my first little bike tour of Belgium in May and working out how to pack light - not my forte! How do you dry your spare kit whilst cycling or will it dry overnight?
  11. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    For washing, I'm one for shower gel (or liquid soap). For drying, a key thing is to get as much water out as you can before hanging it up. Easiest way: wrap the wet item in a towel, as tightly as you can, and wring/stomp/ as you see fit. Mesh washing bags can be handy for carrying damp stuff on the bike & (hopefully) getting it dry.
  12. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy The Monch

    Inside my skull
    Depends on where you stay overnight

    Heated towel rails
    Travel washing line and drip dry
    Spread out in the heat of the mid day sun (in Europe) whilst you eat your lunch
    String bag tied on top of rack on bike.
  13. Slioch

    Slioch Veteran

    If it's still a bit damp in the morning, just put it on. It will dry out in no time through body heat.
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  14. Slioch

    Slioch Veteran

    We're lucky @Drago isn't about. He's say something along the lines of "scrape the crusty bits off, turn inside out, and re-wear"

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  15. EasyPeez

    EasyPeez Über Member

    If you do the towel roll technique after washing it, and then hang somewhere with a bit of airflow it should be nice and dry by the morning - assuming you're talking nylon/lycra rather than wool/denim of course...
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