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Old 09-27-07, 11:07 AM   #1
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suits anyone

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Just got back form my first day of commuting to work, I was wearing a suit! Had no idea how dirty I would get, and sweaty! Has anyone got any ideas how I can change this? All suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks
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Old 09-27-07, 11:16 AM   #2
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I do see some people wearing suits, but they are riding at a very leisurely pace, and I have to think not for long distances or in areas where there's a lot of dust. Most people change at work.
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Old 09-27-07, 11:20 AM   #3
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yeah but how would i not crease my suit in a bag? or pannier? cheers
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Old 09-27-07, 11:28 AM   #4
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I roll mine
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I just fold mine. I don't wear a jacket, though. My shirt might get a little wrinkly but after an hour or so you can't even tell.
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Old 09-27-07, 11:39 AM   #6
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Bring and leave a spare suit on a day when you drive. Leave dress shoes in your desk.

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Old 09-27-07, 12:03 PM   #7
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is there anything I can buy that would stop my clothes from being wrinkly or creased?!?
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Old 09-27-07, 12:26 PM   #8
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How about a little steam presser to keep in your desk at work?
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Old 09-27-07, 12:30 PM   #9
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Find a dry cleaner near your office. Bring in a supply of suits, shirts, shoes, etc one day by car. Use the drycleaner to clean your clothes and keep them at your office and change there.
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Old 09-27-07, 12:33 PM   #10
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Ride slow and upright like a dutch person.
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Old 09-27-07, 12:34 PM   #11
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Have your shirts laundered and folded. They come back from the shop in a nice little box, each in its own plastic bag, folded and ready to be tucked into a set of panniers (or backpack). This makes for a bit more garbage, but both bags and cardboard are (usually) recycled and recyclable.

Used bags can be used to protect a folded set of pants, sometimes a folded suit coat, and a tie; all of which fit in my panniers quite nicely.

Now you just need an area to change at work.
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I think I have seen advertised, but never in person, a garment bag designed to go over a rack on the back of the bike. Supposedly, then, one could transport a suit without wrinkles.
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The most important thing is to ride slower. The second thing is to remove your suit jacket in warmer weather, roll it, and carry it on your rack or in a pannier. Note: roll, do not fold.

Your bike should be an upright one with fenders and a chainguard. Most commonly available bikes in the US (road, mountain, or hybrid) do not provide any clothing protection and may require a riding posture that is not compatible with normal clothing.


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Done and Done

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...%3A%20Panniers
Bike Nashbar.com - Nashbar Commuter Garment Pannier
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I've worn the suit on my Raleigh 3spd. Perfect match for shorter trips (under 5 miles).
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is there anything I can buy that would stop my clothes from being wrinkly or creased?!?
My wife uses an Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder inside of her Ortleib pannier and is able to arrive at work with fresh and crisp clothing, which is a must for her.

http://www.eaglecreek.com/accessories/packing_folders/
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The most important thing is to ride slower. The second thing is to remove your suit jacket in warmer weather, roll it, and carry it on your rack or in a pannier. Note: roll, do not fold.

Your bike should be an upright one with fenders and a chainguard. Most commonly available bikes in the US (road, mountain, or hybrid) do not provide any clothing protection and may require a riding posture that is not compatible with normal clothing.


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This is exactly what i do. Works for me! I ride everyday, no car. Sometimes on super hot days i ride in a tshirt and change into a (rolled) button shirt when i get to work.
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yeah but how would i not crease my suit in a bag? or pannier? cheers
Posted this link on another thread awhile ago www.nashbar.com put NA-CGP into the 'search' space.
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Done and Done

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...%3A%20Panniers
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Oops, my bad...
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Hey all
Just got back form my first day of commuting to work, I was wearing a suit! Had no idea how dirty I would get, and sweaty! Has anyone got any ideas how I can change this? All suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks
2 options:
Bring a change of clothing(recommend this one)
wear garbage bags over suit?

and for the smelll http://www.10nine8.net/products.html
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Hey all
Just got back form my first day of commuting to work, I was wearing a suit! Had no idea how dirty I would get, and sweaty! Has anyone got any ideas how I can change this? All suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks
Strip down and wear cycling clothes.
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I leave a change of clothes in the office and change when I get in. I always have a couple of extra suits, shirts, ties and a pair of shoes laying around my office. I take them to a near by dry cleaners to get them cleaned and have the dry cleaners deliver the clean suits and shirts to my office.

It works pretty good. In fact since I put on a clean crisp suit and shirt in the office I generally look better in that suit and have less wrinkles than I would have if I had to commute in the subway or walk to work.

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I feel for the people who have to wear nice clothes to work...I wear coveralls and get very dirty in my job. However I would purchase a good pannier to neatly fold the suit and then I would take my week's supply on Monday morning of shirts etc...Hopefully you have somewhere to wash up? Commute in athletic wear and keep your working clothes clean and dry that way. Many office towers have gyms with shower facilities these days.

Here is a suit-pannier.
http://www.bikemania.biz/The_Bicycle...commutebag.htm

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Nashbar (already listed above)
Performance (TransIt garment pannier)
And Two-Wheel Gear (the bikemania link, above)

all make decent garment panniers to keep suits and dress clothes from getting all crumpled. The Nashbar and Performance bags are the exact same bag but brand labeled for each supplier. Right now the Nashbar one is on sale for $30 less than the same bag at Performance.
Both are 420D cordura, which is a lower grade than the 700D cordura that 2-Wheel Gear uses. It's going to be a little less water resistant, which could be a factor to consider since there aren't really any pannier covers that fit them (due to the one-piece construction that goes over the top of the rack.) The 2-Wheel Gear bag is almost twice the price of the Nashbar bag, which is also something to consider.
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I leave several changes of clothing at work - but then, we have a locker room. On my off days I go to work, pick up the laundry, and leave a clean set.
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