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Old 06-08-12, 11:21 AM   #726
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To wash up after riding to work I've been carrying a canister of face and hand wipes and deodorant. I use maybe two or three of them and wipe myself down, then reapply deodorant, and put on different clothes for work. That works pretty well... it's clean and quick... I've also used paper towels wet at the sink and usually need to use more towels to wipe up water that's dripped around. The draw back is the waste for those who are conscientious about that... for me it just being two or three wipes daily, I'm not giving myself much grief over it. Carrying clean reusable rags/towels would of course accomplish the same thing without the waste, though I think the sanitizer in the wipes probably helps.
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Old 06-08-12, 11:29 AM   #727
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Something I started to do recently. Wear your jersey and cycling pants into the shower after your rider into work. Wet them down in the shower, remove and ring out. Then let hang dry on the bike. When you ride home the mostly clean jersey and pants are a big improvement over the alternative, dried sweaty clothes.
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buy a lighter, faster, and more aggressive bike than you think you will need. just about everyone who ends up addicted to commuting buys a first bike that is way below their ability. this means no suspension, no hiten/crap cromoloy, and no el cheapo components. imo, a good commuter will have a carbon fiber fork, disc brakes, 700 c tires, and weigh less than 24 lbs without pedals. if you think you are going to go car free i would splurge for a commuter that is less than 22 lbs.

and the most important upgrade is a new wheelset. going from 2200 g wheels to 1650 g wheels is like ****ing night and day on just about any bike.
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Old 06-10-12, 03:16 PM   #730
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Any advice on determining the safety of riding in certain areas past dark? Sometimes I don't go home from work right away and stay out. Generally I've avoided commuting when I expect this. I live near a trail which has been great for commuting, but it's not lit after dark and there are semi isolated areas on the trail, as well as some sharp turns where you have to slow down. In addition lately the trail has been messy after a storm earlier this week which forces slow downs, particularly underpasses.

I've seen shady characters on the trail during the day... not threatening necessarily but I do wonder what kind of elements would be out at night. I wouldn't ride it at terribly odd hours (not after people generally start going to bed). I've only ridden it once after dark. There was a vulnerable feeling but it could just be a "what if" paranoia. Riding fast seems like a good idea to avoid human based danger, but there's also the factor of decreased visibility of non human dangers like loose dirt, wet or icy areas,etc, which would necessitate riding slow and cautious.

Winter time riding this trail after dark would be unavoidable when commuting. Two months into my commuting experience I already want make it a year round thing.
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Old 06-11-12, 02:33 AM   #731
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Any advice on determining the safety of riding in certain areas past dark? Sometimes I don't go home from work right away and stay out. Generally I've avoided commuting when I expect this. I live near a trail which has been great for commuting, but it's not lit after dark and there are semi isolated areas on the trail, as well as some sharp turns where you have to slow down. In addition lately the trail has been messy after a storm earlier this week which forces slow downs, particularly underpasses.

I've seen shady characters on the trail during the day... not threatening necessarily but I do wonder what kind of elements would be out at night. I wouldn't ride it at terribly odd hours (not after people generally start going to bed). I've only ridden it once after dark. There was a vulnerable feeling but it could just be a "what if" paranoia. Riding fast seems like a good idea to avoid human based danger, but there's also the factor of decreased visibility of non human dangers like loose dirt, wet or icy areas,etc, which would necessitate riding slow and cautious.

Winter time riding this trail after dark would be unavoidable when commuting. Two months into my commuting experience I already want make it a year round thing.
I'm afraid I have no advice for this situation, I started to use a similar route, isolated and along which I felt decidedly vulnerable, coming across odd characters, so decided to stick to the roads. Perhaps I'm a wimp, but this was a towpath, and I couldn't get it out of my mind that, all it would take is a quick shove as I was passing and I would be in the drink!
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Oh the luxury of a shower at work! No such luck for this commuter, a quick swill and wipe down with a towel, chang into work clothes, and I'm ready to go.
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buy a lighter, faster, and more aggressive bike than you think you will need. just about everyone who ends up addicted to commuting buys a first bike that is way below their ability. this means no suspension, no hiten/crap cromoloy, and no el cheapo components. imo, a good commuter will have a carbon fiber fork, disc brakes, 700 c tires, and weigh less than 24 lbs without pedals. if you think you are going to go car free i would splurge for a commuter that is less than 22 lbs.

and the most important upgrade is a new wheelset. going from 2200 g wheels to 1650 g wheels is like ****ing night and day on just about any bike.
I disagree with this....

I dont mind a clunker, it keeps me more fit. I push hard enough on my 20 odd minute commute to be a ball of sweat dripping my way up the stairs in summer, and even in winter I sweat.

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I disagree with this....

I dont mind a clunker, it keeps me more fit. I push hard enough on my 20 odd minute commute to be a ball of sweat dripping my way up the stairs in summer, and even in winter I sweat.

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Agreed. It's getting to work, not a crit. Buy what you like, what you're comfortable on and what you'll ride on every day. If that means top end, weight shaved components so be it. But I get along just fine on my heavy, clunky bike. I do wish I had some better wheels, but that will come.

I probably carry close to 20 lbs of gear on the rack when I've got my notebook, anyway.
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Old 06-11-12, 02:51 PM   #735
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I'm afraid I have no advice for this situation, I started to use a similar route, isolated and along which I felt decidedly vulnerable, coming across odd characters, so decided to stick to the roads. Perhaps I'm a wimp, but this was a towpath, and I couldn't get it out of my mind that, all it would take is a quick shove as I was passing and I would be in the drink!
I could also take a route back on streets. It'd be more lit, though not convinced it'd be any safer.
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Old 10-25-12, 09:38 PM   #736
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Found a pretty good resource on bicycle commuting today (San Mateo county production, but most stuff is generic):


English - http://www.commute.org/images/storie...%20booklet.pdf
Spanish - http://www.commute.org/images/storie...%20booklet.pdf
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I've just started commuting to work (a folding bike is my weapon of choice) and I just can't figure out how to manage my clothes so I can do the cycling clothes - work clothes swap without issues. I've got nowhere to hang the sweaty clothes out to dry, so I've been trying to come up with a clever way to manage my clothes, so here's what I've come up with (please note that I haven't tried any of this yet):
- in a backpac have 3 water proof zip lock bags, one containing work clothes, one empty and one containing a fresh base layer (I'm talking about underpants, t-shirt, socks, nothing fancy, just something that absorbs and holds moisture well) for cycling back home
- once I arrive at work I would take my sweaty base layer and place it inside the empty bag, dry of with a towel and place that in the bag and as well and lock it tight (maybe throw in some catnip in a sock as I've heard it absorbs moisture and odors)
- put on my work clothes and place the top layer cycling clothes into the backpac keeping it open so the clothes will be somewhat dry for going back home (a wet jacket, raincoat or helmet can go on a wire hanger on the clothes stand)
- when going home I would just throw my work clothes in the bag they came in and throw on the fresh base layer, then the outer layer and I'd be good to go
- once I get home I can hand wash the sweaty clothes and the bags they lay in and air out the backpac if required

It does sound quite complicated but I'm trying to figure out the most elegant/fast way of doing this without hanging my sweaty clothes out to dry in my working environment.

I'd like to get your feedback on this. Perhaps some of you already have a better way of managing clothes where hanging out to dry is not an option.
Also, has anybody used catnip or any other product that obsorbs moisture and odors for storing sweaty cycling clothes purposes?

Thanks
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Oh the luxury of a shower at work! No such luck for this commuter, a quick swill and wipe down with a towel, chang into work clothes, and I'm ready to go.
Yeah, that isn't an option for me either. A change of skivvies and socks is what I do. And this time of year, the commutes are just fantastic. I get to watch both sun up and sun down whilst on the bike. Perfect!
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I disagree with this....

I dont mind a clunker, it keeps me more fit. I push hard enough on my 20 odd minute commute to be a ball of sweat dripping my way up the stairs in summer, and even in winter I sweat.

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Agreed as well. Although none of my bikes are what I would call low-end. My favorite commuter is my heaviest and oldest road bike which has a flat bar and mud guards. I mean, why would I want to use my lightest super-bike every day? I want to get some training in after all. Not to mention wear and tear on my expensive bikes.
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I've just started commuting to work (a folding bike is my weapon of choice) and I just can't figure out how to manage my clothes so I can do the cycling clothes - work clothes swap without issues. I've got nowhere to hang the sweaty clothes out to dry, so I've been trying to come up with a clever way to manage my clothes, so here's what I've come up with (please note that I haven't tried any of this yet):
- in a backpac have 3 water proof zip lock bags, one containing work clothes, one empty and one containing a fresh base layer (I'm talking about underpants, t-shirt, socks, nothing fancy, just something that absorbs and holds moisture well) for cycling back home
- once I arrive at work I would take my sweaty base layer and place it inside the empty bag, dry of with a towel and place that in the bag and as well and lock it tight (maybe throw in some catnip in a sock as I've heard it absorbs moisture and odors)
- put on my work clothes and place the top layer cycling clothes into the backpac keeping it open so the clothes will be somewhat dry for going back home (a wet jacket, raincoat or helmet can go on a wire hanger on the clothes stand)
- when going home I would just throw my work clothes in the bag they came in and throw on the fresh base layer, then the outer layer and I'd be good to go
- once I get home I can hand wash the sweaty clothes and the bags they lay in and air out the backpac if required

It does sound quite complicated but I'm trying to figure out the most elegant/fast way of doing this without hanging my sweaty clothes out to dry in my working environment.

I'd like to get your feedback on this. Perhaps some of you already have a better way of managing clothes where hanging out to dry is not an option.
Also, has anybody used catnip or any other product that obsorbs moisture and odors for storing sweaty cycling clothes purposes?

Thanks
Can you bring a weeks worth of clean clothes to work on Monday? Able to have shower/locker use at a nearby gym? Other bikers in your office with similar issues? I leave my car at work, so I can put some stuff in there if needed. I also have 3 lockers, HS type narrow ones. No closets, boiler rooms or other storage areas?
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Can you bring a weeks worth of clean clothes to work on Monday? Able to have shower/locker use at a nearby gym? Other bikers in your office with similar issues? I leave my car at work, so I can put some stuff in there if needed. I also have 3 lockers, HS type narrow ones. No closets, boiler rooms or other storage areas?
Thanks for your quick reply.
Showering wasn't the issue. Also there is no storage space where I work (except for documents and such). The only rooms here are the kitchen and bathroom. The only place to hang clothes is on the clothes stand. I basically want some ideas regarding what to do with my sweaty clothes when I get to work. I have read on different forums that people hang them out to dry here and there but for me this isn't an option. This is why I was thinking to store them somewhere (where they won't stink up the place) while I'm at work and quickly wash them when I get home.
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Thanks for your quick reply.
Showering wasn't the issue. Also there is no storage space where I work (except for documents and such). The only rooms here are the kitchen and bathroom. The only place to hang clothes is on the clothes stand. I basically want some ideas regarding what to do with my sweaty clothes when I get to work. I have read on different forums that people hang them out to dry here and there but for me this isn't an option. This is why I was thinking to store them somewhere (where they won't stink up the place) while I'm at work and quickly wash them when I get home.
Can you hang them on your bike? Do you work in a cubicle? One option is to bring a pair of extra rising clothes with you. Ride to work, stash your old clothes in your bag and bring out the new ones when you are ready to ride home. But how far is your commute? I ride 18 miles one way and my clothes don't stink afterwards.
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Can you hang them on your bike? Do you work in a cubicle? One option is to bring a pair of extra rising clothes with you. Ride to work, stash your old clothes in your bag and bring out the new ones when you are ready to ride home. But how far is your commute? I ride 18 miles one way and my clothes don't stink afterwards.
Can't hang my clothes on my bike as it's a folder and I keep it under my desk. I work in an open workspace. The extra pair of clothes is exactly what I said in my first post, along with stashing them in a bag. So I guess I'll try that as an experiment to see if it works...
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