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Old 06-16-04, 02:07 PM   #1
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Bathroom breaks !!!!

Yesterday afternoon/evening I was riding home, I had to go to the bathroom something awful, the only problem was I was about 10 miles from home and seeing how it was around 5pm, the businesses near by were closed for the day, what should I have done? Keep riding and try and find a place to go? I finally went for a leak in a back lane, I didn't want to in case someone came by, but at that point, I didn't care anymore. How do you guys/ gals handle this situation?
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Old 06-16-04, 02:12 PM   #2
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Well where I ride its pretty urban so I don't have much to worry about. However in your situation, I don't think I'd have done much differently. When a man's gotta go, a mans gotta go!
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I am lucky enough to go through a few parks with lots of trees.
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The bulk of my commute is rural. So I just find the nearest tree or bush.
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Just go in your shorts. If it's a hot enough day, your sweat will displace it all pretty quickly.
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I've never had enough nerve but I read about pro triathletes doing this on the bike split.
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I just find either a tree or a drain or such.
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I was not on a bike, but I have done the same - in Sydney. I was not proud, I tell you... but I had no options. I accidentally got off my bus several stops before my accommodation in a residential suburb. I did not know the neighbourhood and after walking several blocks I had waited all I could. I just had to go. I barely had time to take down my pants.

Afterwards I found a pub a couple of blocks further, right next to my accommodation. There is no way I could have made it all the way there, even if I had known where it was.

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should i do this when i'm mowing too? have you done this?
Mowing? What's that?

You have to do what you have to do. Just be aware of who or what is around you.
I've had this same problem on my daily ride. I just find a tree, signpost, or anything to hide behind or "blend in" with. If it's a shady spot I try to be part of the shadow. Sometimes I'm out in the open but can see in all directions for quite a ways so if anyone approaches I quickly act as if I'm stopping to rest and having a drink.
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peeing is no big deal. its what to do if you need to take a number 2.
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Just go in your shorts. If it's a hot enough day, your sweat will displace it all pretty quickly.


If I peed in my bike pants, I'd feel like I was wearing a wet diaper.
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Yesterday afternoon/evening I was riding home, I had to go to the bathroom something awful, the only problem was I was about 10 miles from home and seeing how it was around 5pm, the businesses near by were closed for the day, what should I have done? Keep riding and try and find a place to go? I finally went for a leak in a back lane, I didn't want to in case someone came by, but at that point, I didn't care anymore. How do you guys/ gals handle this situation?

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I think if I was at the stage of peeing my pants as a last option, I'd just go right at the roadside if it came down to it. You'd get dog's abuse, but I think you'd need to be pretty far from civilisation to voluntarily cart around a bladder's worth of urine in your trousers. And how hot would it need to be to dry within an acceptable time?
I know that when Jackie Chan was in training as a boy in China, anyone who needed to go to the toilet was shouted at for being lazy; they maintained that if you needed to pee, you weren't sweating enough!
But I think most of us would collapse if we had to work that hard.
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i've gone eight hours without peeing in the heat. it's not that hard to do. i drunk like a gallon of water.
As long as it is clear and copious when you finally DO go, everything is OK.
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