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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 02-06-12, 06:13 PM   #1
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Commuting to class

Because I have a new schedule, I have to commute to class 1-3 times a week, which isn't a problem. The problem is staying clean and smelling fresh when I get there because I live in Florida, I am a Clyde, and despite how easy the commute is for me, I sweat a LOT.

I am a very clean person and I want to stay clean and smell good even after getting there. I don't have access to a shower, so I am wondering what the best type of body spray would be. I prefer something that smells fresh and sporty, but lasts and doesn't smell cheap. And if there are wipes that I could use that don't smell feminine, or like something you would use on a baby, that would be awesome.

Any tips are welcome!
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Old 02-06-12, 06:51 PM   #2
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Can't remember the name but I believe they make wipes that are abou the size of a wash cloth, I wanna say FatCyclist reviewed them but I can't find the link.
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Old 02-06-12, 07:24 PM   #3
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hi mate,

I found as long as i wear clean clothes each day , baby wipes or something like it was enough ( wipe under arms and other sweaty places) .

I do use a roll on deodorant as they tend to work better for me , and a can of the dry spray in my bag .

If you find roll on causes skin issues like they did for me , Grab a female non scented one works great and you don't smell like flowers. Maybe throw a spare shirt in your bag or racks so you can wipe down then switch .

Edit: the baby wipes idea came from someones post on here about riding to work i just cant remember who , so sorry to who ever i stole the idea from =)
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hi mate,

I found as long as i wear clean clothes each day , baby wipes or something like it was enough ( wipe under arms and other sweaty places) .

I do use a roll on deodorant as they tend to work better for me , and a can of the dry spray in my bag .

If you find roll on causes skin issues like they did for me , Grab a female non scented one works great and you don't smell like flowers. Maybe throw a spare shirt in your bag or racks so you can wipe down then switch .

Edit: the baby wipes idea came from someones post on here about riding to work i just cant remember who , so sorry to who ever i stole the idea from =)
What kind of spray do you use? Is it an anti-bacterial/deodorant body spray?
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Found the link for ActionWipes, might be worth a read:

http://www.fatcyclist.com/2012/01/30...s-fatty-loves/
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What kind of spray do you use? Is it an anti-bacterial/deodorant body spray?
just a smell one Rexona antiperspirant, it is really only a last resort after the baby wipes and role on.

and it cost 3 bucks at Woolworth other ones cost 8
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just a smell one Rexona antiperspirant, it is really only a last resort after the baby wipes and role on.

and it cost 3 bucks at Woolworth other ones cost 8

Woolworth... WOOLWORTH... Did he just say Wool F***ing Worth? I didn't know they still existed. Last time I heard that store name, was when I was over 20 years younger, and 100 pounds lighter.
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Woolworth... WOOLWORTH... Did he just say Wool F***ing Worth? I didn't know they still existed. Last time I heard that store name, was when I was over 20 years younger, and 100 pounds lighter.
lol could be worse could be coles or K mart
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check out http://www.showerpill.com/ it is a body wipe
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On behalf of everyone who sits near you, skip the body sprays. I'd rather be around a guy who is clean but slightly sweaty than someone doused in artifical scents any day. If you practice good hygene and wear clean clothes in rapidly drying fabrics, some of which are antibacterial, and wear a lightly scented deodorant/antiperspirant, you'll be fine. If you get really sweaty, carry an extra shirt and maybe underwear for a quick change in the men's room before heading off to class.

For the love of Pete, don't wear AXE or any of those other highly scented body sprays. They reek. I've been around a lot of college guys over the past couple decades and the worst thing you can do is try to cover up body odor with something that smells even stronger. If scents so strong they make your eyes water attract women, I'd rather be alone. (I've been happily married for 18 years BTW).
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I would just carry an extra set of clothes and a towel, and make sure you ride in a sporty fabric that can breath easily. Body odor isn't from sweat itself, but from bacteria that grows in moist conditions. As long as you wipe yourself carefully afterwards, the smell should be fairly negligible with deodorant. I used to just dampen one side of a towel to wipe off any sweat and dry off with the other side while in the bathroom. As long as I was riding in breathable fabric nobody could tell I was riding to class even without changing clothes.
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My adult sons have bought into the AXE hype. No amount of discussion with them has convinced them that people can still smell their body odor AND hate the overpowering scent of AXE. Marketing FTW, I guess.

shower before riding + technical fabric clothes + wiping down with wipes + change of clothes + fragrance-free antiperspirant = Win.
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On behalf of everyone who sits near you, skip the body sprays. I'd rather be around a guy who is clean but slightly sweaty than someone doused in artifical scents any day. If you practice good hygene and wear clean clothes in rapidly drying fabrics, some of which are antibacterial, and wear a lightly scented deodorant/antiperspirant, you'll be fine. If you get really sweaty, carry an extra shirt and maybe underwear for a quick change in the men's room before heading off to class.

For the love of Pete, don't wear AXE or any of those other highly scented body sprays. They reek. I've been around a lot of college guys over the past couple decades and the worst thing you can do is try to cover up body odor with something that smells even stronger. If scents so strong they make your eyes water attract women, I'd rather be alone. (I've been happily married for 18 years BTW).

This is very very true, sorry i should have thought of pointing it out that the spray i have has so little scent,


One other thing is just cruise to class, save breaking your own records for the trip home .

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Seriously what I USED to do in those situations was simple...

1. Bring an extra shirt, a face cloth, towel, and some deoderant.

2. When you get to where you are going, go into the bathroom and do a quick washing up (pits, neck, face and anywhere else that may get sweaty/stinky).

3. Put on deoderant, and then put on clean shirt.
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