doing laundry on bike tour

The Pedalshift Project 140: Doing laundry on bike tour

You can’t escape the grime when you’re on a long trip, so on this episode of the Pedalshift Project we cover many of the different ways to do laundry on bike tour.

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  • Next tour of the GAP by Brompton is heating up! I’m pulling together the pack list and further modifying the setup for an epic fall ride. Foliage is super delayed around here so it’s possible I may have inadvertently set myself up for a beautiful ride! Tour journals volume 12 kicks off in two weeks with the ride preview!
  • Next week is the best of Erie Canal episode!
  • Another 5 star review!

The Lab: Doing Laundry on Bike Tour

    • Do you *really* need to do laundry? Natural fibers like wool can stand up to a lot of wear without washing!
    • Fluff and fold – Have it done for you if you’re in town for at least a few hours or overnight and drop you stuff off at a dry cleaner or laundromat that offers it. The cost can vary depending on your location; however, in the US the average price to wash, dry and fold clothes is $0.90 to $3 a pound according to Angie’s List.
    • Laundromat and wait – this is what I tend to do, but the cost may not be that competitive to the full service as I think about it. This can also be a way to do a tent dry fast forward… it’s not something you want to do often, but in a pinch it can get a soaked tent to dry.
    • Shower in your clothes – my go to. I prefer using Dr. Bronners for the soap. Downside is drying, which can take more than overnight. 
    • Pannier as washing machine – Water plus soap, plus clothes!
    • Fancy gizmos like the Scruba – an improvement to the pannier technique, since there are built in bristles that agitate clothing better. They even make these in backpacks!
    • Bring some paracord along to make a clothesline (and much more).

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