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Cycling kit - leave labels and care tags on or off?

Old 07-26-19, 10:35 AM
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Cycling kit - leave labels and care tags on or cut them off?

So I've just gotten into the hobby, and have started buying real cycling kit after discovering what a huge difference it makes in feel, comfort, moisture-wicking, and aerodynamics. For most of my "normal" clothes I've never given a second thought to the tags. They're relatively small, unobtrusive, and remind me how to care for the fabric.

However, for cycling kit, they're often very long tags, and there are multiple of them. They're not uncomfortable, but for something that hugs your form very tightly I can imagine the labels might be able to be seen by others who look at you (I can't see them when I look down but often that's not representative of what others see. Since I'm trying to take care of my kit by always using cold water settings, gentle detergents, delicate cycle, delicate wash bags, and air-drying, I don't need the label to remind me how to wash them. But I'm also wary if I don't do a good job of cutting the tags, will I create an edge that is more uncomfortable to my skin than just leaving them on (where I don't feel/notice them but may be visible by others)?

What's the general consensus here? Tags on or cut them off?
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Old 07-26-19, 10:49 AM
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Cut em. I wash all my kit the same way so it's not like a reminder is necessary anyway.
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Old 07-26-19, 11:04 AM
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I bought some new Arc'teryx clothes recently. They've been on sale, and still are at Backcountry.

The tags are obviously meant to be cut out. They're not sewn directly into the garmet, there's a flap of soft fabric coming out of the seam, with the tags attached to the other end. Cut the soft fabric, and there's nothing to chafe or annoy. Really nice touch.

My jerseys don't seem to have tags, which is even better. You could for War and Peace on the tags that come with some clothes now.
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Old 07-26-19, 11:11 AM
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Generally I cut them. If a tag is small and I can't feel it I might leave it on out of laziness, but any long tags are getting cut.
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Old 07-26-19, 11:24 AM
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I was in the same boat. I noticed Castelli has a lot of long obtrusive tags. I cut them all off. If it leaves any residual paper behind, make sure to cut in a semicircular fashion. That way there's no sharp edges.
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Old 07-26-19, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I bought some new Arc'teryx clothes recently. They've been on sale, and still are at Backcountry.

The tags are obviously meant to be cut out. They're not sewn directly into the garment, there's a flap of soft fabric coming out of the seam, with the tags attached to the other end. Cut the soft fabric, and there's nothing to chafe or annoy. Really nice touch.

My jerseys don't seem to have tags, which is even better. You could for War and Peace on the tags that come with some clothes now.
Major bummer that it seems Castelli doesn't do this, especially since I've grown fond of their jerseys and bought 4 of them. Here's a pic of how the tag looks. Seems I'll have to exercise care to cut as close to the threads as possible without harming the integrity of the jersey...
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Old 07-26-19, 12:20 PM
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Cut. I don't like the extra weight.
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Old 07-26-19, 05:58 PM
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Nobody is going to notice if you're tags are there or not. Cut em or don't. It's not something you need group approval for.
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Old 07-26-19, 06:18 PM
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Those things weigh like half a gram, of course I'm gonna cut them off!
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I would be astounded if this weenie colony hadn’t already produced two threads on this topic.
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Isn't there some federal law prohibiting cutting off tags.

I guess we're all going to jail. I wonder how much time you get for cutting off care tags.
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Old 07-27-19, 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
I would be astounded if this weenie colony hadn’t already produced two threads on this topic.
This lol
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Old 07-27-19, 04:15 AM
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I add extra tags and wear them outside my kit. Just like Minnie Pearl's hats.
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Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
Isn't there some federal law prohibiting cutting off tags.

I guess we're all going to jail. I wonder how much time you get for cutting off care tags.
Pretty sure that applies to pillows, bed sheets and furniture only
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Old 07-27-19, 09:52 AM
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Cut them. especially since they can chafe or be bothersome. If you notice, some of the tags are paper-ish in texture; they're meant to be removed.
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Old 07-27-19, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I add extra tags and wear them outside my kit. Just like Minnie Pearl's hats.
Right. Exactly.

I leave the tags on and let them hang out if possible. Seeing the brand name helps other MUP riders identify me as a serious cyclist willing to pay more.

Thinking about turning my bibs inside-out. I figure the purple chamois will be more visible that way. Assos says that purple is the color of royalty you know.


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Old 07-27-19, 08:39 PM
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Isn’t it a Federal offense to remove label tags.
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Originally Posted by Princess_Allez View Post
Pretty sure that applies to pillows, bed sheets and furniture only
It’s illegal for anyone but the consumer/purchaser to remove those tags. So the store shouldn’t do it. But you as the buyer can.
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Old 07-27-19, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Right. Exactly.

I leave the tags on and let them hang out if possible. Seeing the brand name helps other MUP riders identify me as a serious cyclist willing to pay more.

Thinking about turning my bibs inside-out. I figure the purple chamois will be more visible that way. Assos says that purple is the color of royalty you know.


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Old 07-29-19, 02:41 PM
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You bet your Assos!
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I had a kit that had a dotted line with a pair of scissors indicating where to cut the tags. It was obvious they intended for the tags to be cut off.
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Old 07-31-19, 01:20 PM
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That's almost as bad as a receipt from CVS.

#TheirOughtToBeALaw
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Old 07-31-19, 01:40 PM
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I wouldn't know..

... between my valet and the soigneurs, I rarely examine my riding gear.
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Old 07-31-19, 01:45 PM
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I usually leave tags on. I have several shorts and shirts that are silk-screened, so no sewn in tags.

I do remove tags if they are bothersome for one reason or another.
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