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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-15-08, 10:41 PM   #26
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Just the benefit of not going through the whole day smelling like a mildewed gym bag and not having someone tell me.
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Old 07-16-08, 12:54 AM   #27
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I am blessed, I guess....we have a full locker room, showers, and plenty of indoor storage for our bikes. Free hot water FTW!!

I just bring 4 sets of work clothes in on Sunday afternoon in my car, and bike to work in whatever I find on the floor in the morning. Shower and change at work, and I'm good to go.
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Old 07-16-08, 01:51 PM   #28
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Check for public parks that have showers in the vicinity of your workplace.

I ride ~14.5 miles home from work, but in the mornings I extend that to make a stop at a local county park that has showers. Very nice showers, I might add. Then it's 2.5 / 3 miles down a bike trail to my work. Not too bad, and I get my morning shower. I usually change into my work clothes at the showers, but I'm quite a sweater, so I've started bringing an extra undershirt and wearing that on the ride after the shower, and changing my shirt when I get to the office.

I called the county parks department and made sure it was okay for me to do that, they said it was fine.

Gotta love the great cycling city of Madison, WI, eh?

If I couldn't get to showers ... I'm not sure I'd be biking in. I'd have to plan alot harder. I'm not sure if I'd make it doing the sink trick. Perhaps, though, perhaps.
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Old 07-16-08, 02:06 PM   #29
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I keep a towel at work to wipe off when I get there. I generally shower before going, put on ant-perspirent, and take the anti-perspirent with me. I stay in my cycling clothes while I cool down and get my office up and running.Then I go to the bath room and change. I wipe excess moisture, reapply the anti-perspirent, and then get dress with the cloths I brought into work. I ride 16-19 miles to work (depending on route).

Only thing that people notice is if I forget to brush my hair and I show up at my first meeting with helmet head.
I agree! I think the key is cooling down before you change. Sit in front of a fan, hang out in the
shade, whatever it takes to get the pulse rate down to "normal".. I cheat and drive part way and
then ride the 18-19 miles (when I ride). I have access to a shower but it is important for my heart
rate to be back down to normal before I get changed for work.
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Old 07-16-08, 02:17 PM   #30
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I'm a bonafide sweathog, but showering before I leave and then cooling down for a few minutes, toweling off, wet wipes if needed, and then putting work clothes on helps a lot. I don't feel gross at all afterwards. The nice thing about cycling is that your sweat is moving off your body constantly, not just sitting there stagnating. As long as you start the cool down process soon after you stop moving, it's not that bad. My commute is 12mi each way.
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Old 07-16-08, 02:36 PM   #31
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I keep a towel at work to wipe off when I get there. I generally shower before going, put on ant-perspirent, and take the anti-perspirent with me. I stay in my cycling clothes while I cool down and get my office up and running.Then I go to the bath room and change. I wipe excess moisture, reapply the anti-perspirent, and then get dress with the cloths I brought into work. I ride 16-19 miles to work (depending on route).

Only thing that people notice is if I forget to brush my hair and I show up at my first meeting with helmet head.
This works for me well. From everything I've read the key to a non sticky body is to start clear. Have a shower and wash well. You will get sweaty on the ride, but that sweat stays in your cyclings cloths not on you. I can vouch for the fact that my cycling cloths stink by days end, but I don't. I just cool down in my office for 30 to 45 minutes. Put on clean cloths, apply some fresh deoderant and get on my way without smelling of sweat in any way.

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Old 07-16-08, 02:38 PM   #32
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I ride 8 miles, I try to keep an even pace on the way in while drinking lots of water which keeps sweating to a minimum. I do take a shower and put on deordorant before I leave. When I get to work I chill out for about 10 minutes then go to change. While changing I wipe down, put on fresh deodorant and AXE body spray wipe and then get dressed in the clothes I carried with me.

And on the way home I ride hard!

P.S. I keep my hair short to prevent helmet head and reduce sweat.
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Old 07-18-08, 08:13 AM   #33
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Okay, Witch Hazel wins. I started using it, and have never felt more clean since I've been commuting. Here's a link to my blog talking about my "system":

http://www.chubbysuperbiker.com/2008...non-stank.html
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A mile and a half of cycling each way for me. Sweat is not an issue unless it's very hot (like it's getting now), in which case it's baby wipes and a sink bath for me. (There are a gazillion threads about this in commuting.)
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Well...you may just be a rather fastidious person, and you may be in a situation where you live in an air-conditioned house and drive an air-conditioned car to your air-conditioned office, and never really have to sweat except when you decide to do so for exercise. However, having air conditioning everywhere you go, not having to do any physical labor, and having hot and cold running water every fifteen feet is a relatively recent phenomenon, one that most of the planet still doesn't enjoy -- including most people in the United States. Most people don't live their lives in an air conditioned bubble, the sun shines down on them, they need to walk down the street in the heat, and they sweat. If they're "gross", then it's "gross" to be a human being who sweats and excretes and all that good stuff.
Your right, I work in a warehouse, it's a brick building, and on a warm summer night, it's often as warm in the warehouse at 3AM as it was outside at 3PM, throw in the fact that we have about 95% humidity right now, and even the skinny guys look like they spent the shift in a pool. The guys who unload the trailers have it worse, it's about 5-10℃ warmer in the trailer then it is in the warehouse. I don't bike commute for a simple reason, I would have to bike through the worst part of town......
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I do the same thing that natbla does only with an 8-ish mile (12 km) downhill ride to the office.

I've also noticed that even on the days I take the subway, I end up sweating a whole bunch due to the heat and the heat of people packed in to the subway cars, so it's not like I'ld be arriving at the office much less damp.

Also, where is the worst part of T.O., Wogsterca?
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Having done the "sink shower" thing I'm very glad for my current situation: bike rack on the office wall (put up by the boss, I just steal it when I get to work first), showers, locker, laundry facilities and fresh towels. So, I pack my cloths and where my biking gear for the 20 mile RT commute to work, shower and change, wash and dry the bike gear while at work, and then change back into clean, dry bike gear for the ride home.
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