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Care & Repair
How to look after your ASSOS equipment
By some margin, the worst part of any bike ride is the post-ride laundry. We don’t all have the luxury of pro cyclists to simply toss our kit into a net bag and leave it for the bus driver or the soigneur to wash, fold, and deliver to our hotel room in pristine condition.
As cyclists who spend a portion of every day pedalling, we exist in a perpetual cycle of laundry, and we’re sure that you do too.
Since ASSOS first began in 1976, we’ve been committed to developing the most high-tech pieces within cycling. It’s one of the reasons we refer to our apparel as equipment, not clothing. Providing you look after it correctly, much the same way you tend to your bike after each ride, our equipment will hold up to years of hard riding. The better you look after it, the longer it’ll stick by you and the more consistently it’ll perform.
Your quantity of laundry varies wildly depending on the weather: warm days normally mean a pair of bib shorts, a jersey, and socks, but a little bit of bad weather and the quantity can soon escalate.
By following our guidance outlined below, we are confident that your apparel will be in it for the long haul.
Shorts: It’s better to rinse ASSOS shorts immediately after riding, rather than leave for several hours before putting into the washing machine. If you can’t rinse them, at least allow them to air.
Begin by rinsing mud off in cold water
At 30 degrees
With liquid soap (ASSOS Active Wash — 2 caps per cycle)
Zips done up
Delicate spin of 600 (800 max)
Dry shorts inside-out
Use fabric softener
Leave the zips open — they can damage the products
Dry in direct sunlight
Dry on top of radiators
Wash with heavy fabrics or Velcro
Use cold water (if it feels cold, it is cold)
Go sparingly on the soap (a ¼ of a cap of ASSOS Active Wash will suffice)
Wash your skinFoil baselayer first
Wash socks last to maximise the water
Run out of Active Wash? Use shampoo
Gently squeeze each item — avoid wringing
Hang to drip-dry in the shower
Special products* — Trust us, these are ones to look after because they’ll look after you when you need them most
When needed, rinse membrane-equipped products such as the Equipe RS Rain Jacket, sturmPrinz, rainCap, rainGlove, etc. in cold water. These are highly technical pieces that merit a little bit of TLC. Wash with ASSOS Active Wash when they’re really dirty and you’ll extend their lifespan.
To reactivate the water-repellent treatment on certain products* after washing, use a hairdryer in a circular movement, no closer than 10 cm away, and avoid the decals.
*Rain jackets are the key concern here. But don’t overlook legWarmers, armWarmers, Equipe RS S/F Jacket and Equipe RS S/F shorts (to name but a few).