A vintage gym bag is probably going to have rather muted colors, but you still need to make sure that they do not run when you wash it. To do this, set the washing machine to use only cold water, rather than warm or hot. The default setting for most washing machines is hot water, so you might have to change this every time that you wash the bag. With cold water, the bag still gets clean, but the colors stay in place.
Another thing to think about is the bag's durability. It is already a vintage item, so it could be rather old. The more abuse you put it through, the faster it is going to wear out. Run it through the washer and the dryer on a gentle cycle. It is often said that the washing of clothes - or gym bags - does more to wear them out than actually using them. The gentle cycle will keep it in good condition for longer. If you want, you could even hang it out on the line to dry, rather than putting it in the dryer at all.
Finally, if there is a base in the bottom of the bag, it is probably removable. Make sure that you take it out before you start the cycle. This base could be made out of plastic, which could melt under the high heat, or cardboard, which could dissolve in the water. Put it back in after the bag has dried out.
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