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Old 08-21-07, 04:32 PM   #1
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Wearing bike clothes under work clothes?

This has been rattling around in my head for weeks so I just have to ask. Where I work we wear business casual which amounts to khackies and a button up shirt along with my cowboy boots I keep in the office.
I ride 10 (to be 21) miles into work so I wear bike shorts and a jersey for the ride
- I then cool off
- Clean up
- Change into clean clothes I dragged with me (no storage)
My new location has a shower!! unless they close the gym with all the cutbacks

My commute is taking too much time though. In trying to make everything smoother I started wearing a clean/fresh pair of cycling socks at work but I'm wondering does anyone wear a clean/fresh pair cycling short under their clothes for the day?

I will shortly be working about 30 ft from my bike but a long way from a rest room to change and it seems I always get there when they are cleaning it or it is occupied so I have to wait wait wait. All areas are secure so I couldn't just try another floor. It's probably only 5-10 minutes but that could be almost 42 hours a year in savings It's like an extra week of vacation!

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Old 08-21-07, 11:50 PM   #2
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personally, i find bike shorts uncomfortable underneath my business caz work clothes. i only have a 5 mile commute, so i don't wear any bike clothes.

have you tried wearing andiamos instead of hardcore bike shorts? You could keep those on all day. Kmart makes a version for only $3 a pair (!) called "Cycling shorts." You might also try using the ultimate saddle (a brooks for me!).


Are you familiar with Rivendell? Read this article.
http://www.rivbike.com/article/cloth...hes_for_riding
And check out the Andiamos.
http://www.rivbike.com/products/list/clothing?page=2

Sorry, Rivendell's new website is hard to link directly to products.
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Old 08-22-07, 12:18 AM   #3
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If you're getting sweaty, wearing around bike shorts all day sounds like a recipe for "crotch rot". If you're not getting sweaty, skip the bike clothes and ride in your regular clothes. It's just ten miles.
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I am drenched with sweat at the end of the ride heck I sweat by the end of my driveway even after tons of miles on a bike.
I neglected to mention I bring a clean pair of bike clothes for the ride home so I wouldn't be rewearing anything. When I get to work I sit and eat breakfast to cool down and then clean up and change into my work clothes.
If I don't wait long enough to cool down my work clothes get drenched. Probably just another silly impractical idea I couldn't get out of my head. I think I'd save more time not reading/writing posts on bike forums when I could be heading out.
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Old 08-22-07, 08:31 AM   #5
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Yikes!
one or the other.
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No way. The compression of the shorts is fine on the ride but would really be uncomfortable and itchy to wear all day. Plus it's really sweaty.

I sit on a towel at my desk for about 20 minutes when I get to work, check the night's email, line up stuff to do, waste time on BF, etc. then go take a shower and change.

If you don't want to carry underwear with you, just go commando.
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That sounds uncomfortable, stinky, and too warm. Plus, I would have a problem hiding the collar on several of my jerseys.
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Old 08-22-07, 09:52 AM   #8
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I'd never do this. I don't have a shower, but the idea of not being able to change pants and dry out really bothers me.
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Don't do it, you're asking for saddle sores and all manner of uncomfortable problems. You'll waste a lot of time trying to fix that. Keeping that "area" clean and sweat free is critical for long term comfort. My rule of thumb, the first thing you should do when you're done with a ride is change out of the bike shorts. If no shower, use a baby wipe get to rid of the bacteria.
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It wouldn't cost you anything to try it, though.
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Thanks for all the replies.
I guess I just ran out of ways to shorten my commute, which soon will double in length, and was grasping desperately at anything and hey spiderman and superman do it why not me From when I put away my laptop at my desk and when I get on my bike it can sometimes be 15-20 minutes. Hm maybe if I get a brooks saddle and pants that convert to shorts nah.
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From a health/medical perspective, that theory is essentially inviting saddle sores and other bacterial infections.
You'll soon be riding 42 fitness-loaded miles per day, the two types of garments shouldn't be mixed! Ride in riding clothes and work in office clothes.
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You are completely blowing the economy here---- how much extra would you have to work each day to pay for the operation of a car-- (or ownership?) ? If you drove, how much time would disappear into the space/_time continuum as you walked to the car.

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I will shortly be working about 30 ft from my bike but a long way from a rest room to change and it seems I always get there when they are cleaning it or it is occupied so I have to wait wait wait. All areas are secure so I couldn't just try another floor. It's probably only 5-10 minutes but that could be almost 42 hours a year in savings It's like an extra week of vacation!
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Bike cost savings?

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You are completely blowing the economy here---- how much extra would you have to work each day to pay for the operation of a car-- (or ownership?) ? If you drove, how much time would disappear into the space/_time continuum as you walked to the car.
Well the 20+ year old truck I sold, which I severly regret doing, would cost me a whopping $1.81 a day if I kept it. $1 for fuel but we won't talk about that since I probably eat more food $$ to ride.
For previously timed desk to desk commutes it costs me 90 minutes a day overall over driving.

I'd still rather ride but with my extending commute I was looking for time savings wherever I could. Soon I'll be calling my wife saying I'm leaving my desk at 6pm and I won't be home for 2 hours if I have a good ride. If I had a car it would be 1/3rd that or less.

Yeah health benefits, environmental yadda yadda yadda.
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I sweat too much.

However, cause I am a girl - I do use pantyhose to my advantage in the winter and do put them on under my tights and wear them for work too.
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Well you can sortof do it....When the stuff is dry, go into the rest room and add that layer underneath. Then when it's quit'n time...do the superman move and fly on out

I do this esp for winter when there are several layers to put on...who wants to spend years changing for the return ride!

Also...Simplify the dressing if you can. Like if you can't wear pull-over shirts, just unbutton the top couple of the button down shirt and pull it over your head (rolled up sleeves impress the boss also) ...

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Not cleaning up and changing is no way to achieve time savings. You want to save time, do it with good preparation the night before, good route choices and riding more efficiently.
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All I can think of from the title to the thread is Super Man.
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I think it would make more sense to wear one or the other. I wouldn't like to wear two layers on a hot summer day.

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Currently, I ride in my work pants and a jersey. Right now, my commute is short/quick, but that's about to change. I'll be increasing mileage from 4.5mi. to about 8mi. one-way, so I'm going back to bike shorts.

I can get away with wearing my work pants now, only because I've only got 4.5 miles to go, and I frequently wear microfiber pants that breathe really well, dry fast and do a little to inhibit odor-causing bacteria.

I decided my break-point was around 5 miles/20 minutes, but YMMV due to climate, pace, etc.
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I have done it, it really starts sucking after an hour.
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Well I was actually forced to do it this morning. I rode in with one pair of cycling wear and then after cooling off and cleaning up realized I forgot to pack some stuff last night after getting really razzled from a phone call.
I have on a second fresh pair of cycling socks under my boots and a second fresh pair of riding shorts under my khackis. I work where there is AC and I have a nice fan at my desk to keep cool, and sit there all day long.

Eh.. I don't think I'll make it a habit or how much time it will save me. I can't wear my jersey under my shirt but I do have enough privacy when I leave to easily change shirts without needing to go across the building to the rest rooms like I would for changing bottoms.
*shrug* Oh well I got more problem like my drop of 5mph off my average speed due to a change in diet this week to deal with. Clyde Eat to Live experience?? Slower?

Route/Packing/Efficient riding I got as best I can right now. If I could get the town to fix two lights on really busy roads, with no alternative, that would be sweet.
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I usually just go straight to my desk in my bike clothes, eventually when I cool down I take a bathroom break and change into daywear. I guess not everyone has that kind of option; my wife has to walk too far from where her bike is to where she would change to her desk so she just commutes in her work clothes. Something might give there when the rain starts, though.
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