Whether you're commuting to work or embarking on a bikepacking adventure, the right clothing can make all the difference between an enjoyable ride and a challenging one. A lightweight summer jersey can keep you cool, while a waterproof jacket can be a lifesaver in a sudden downpour. However, to ensure our garments perform their best, we must take proper care of them.

To help you maximize the performance and longevity of your cycling clothing, we've created a series of product care guides. These guides offer practical advice on everything from general washing tips to proper storage techniques. By following these guidelines, you can get the most out of your gear and potentially reduce your environmental impact.

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Washing Advice

Somewhat counterintuitively, our first piece of advice is to carefully consider how often you need to wash your frequently used garments. Washing less often can help minimise wear and tear from washing machine cycles and reduce your environmental impact. Between washes, we recommend airing out your cycling kit and using a sponge with mild soap or detergent to clean lighter stains or dirt.

When it's time to wash, start by wiping off any excess dirt with a sponge and warm water to protect your washing machine. Although it can be time-consuming, separating clothing by color and material helps prevent color bleeding and allows you to adjust wash settings according to the fabric types.

Follow the care instructions for setting the wash temperature and avoid using fabric softeners, as they can leave a waxy film on the garments. This residue can impair the sweat-wicking, quick-drying, high-stretch, and water-repellent properties of your gear.

Finally, try to avoid tumble-drying your cycling clothes. Tumble dryers consume a lot of energy and can cause shrinkage and degrade the quality of your garments. If you must use a dryer, select a low heat setting.

Storing Your Clothes

Some items in your cycling kit are daily essentials. However, as the seasons change and you use certain garments less frequently, proper storage becomes crucial.

Location is key. During winter, damp and poorly ventilated areas can foster mold, which can quickly damage your apparel. Consider investing in moth- and dust-proof bags, and store your clothes in a dry, well-ventilated wardrobe or cupboard, away from direct sunlight.