It’s very important to remember that after every outing, workout or race you should wash your Assos cycling apparel, even if it’s just a soak in water. I have several “returned” cycling shorts with the lycra worn down in the sacrum (just above the tailbone) and quadriceps areas. Some customers have complained that theyhad only worn their shorts for a few workouts when they noticed the lycra deteriorating. When I ask them how they wash their apparel, most answer either by machine, hand, in cold water, etc. When I then inquire how often they wash their apparel, some cyclists admit that they don’t, while others confess that even on hot days when their workout has lasted 2 or 3 hours, they don’t wash their clothes either. And, my friends, therein resides the problem. It’s key to wash: cycling shorts as well as jerseys and jackets, if we expect them to last for many years.
It is common knowledge that when we sweat the body releases mineral salts which remain in the lycra, eating away at the fabric (some people have been known to even rust their silverware by merely coming into contact with it). This is why it is essential to always wash your Assos apparel, even if you’ve only gone out for a 30-minute spin.
Another noteworthy point: carbon fiber seats are not advisable due to the amount of heat they generate when you pedal.
Following are some clear examples which illustrate the effects of mineral salts on lycra: