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Old 08-19-13, 05:09 PM   #1
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All of a sudden, I'm going to be commuting by bike!!! Tomorrow!

Less than 6 miles round trip.

It's a conundrum...

I take it that folks don't wear their work clothes and change at the office? Or are there lightweight clothes you can slip over your work-clothes just to protect them during the ride?

I need to dress business casual/business and I don't fancy slinging a garment bag across my back.

I guess I'll probably need some sort of cycle friendly backpack where I can store work clothes and laptop, as well as minimal bike equipment...

How do most of you folks handle the clothing situation? Just change at work? Jump in a phone booth?

I have the bike gear covered...I'm searching threads, but in the meantime I figured I'd post for a quick & dirty answer...thx
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Old 08-19-13, 05:21 PM   #2
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I fortunate to have a shower, lockers, and a towel supply service where I work.

I've always been one who sweats profusely, and biking is no exception. It doesn't help that the last half of my commute is mostly uphill. I'm VERY sweaty when I get here and need a shower.

Frankly, if I couldn't shower, I wouldn't commute by bike. I work in an office and would be miserable at my desk all day if I wasn't clean. That's just me. I'm new here and have been reading tons of old threads and it appears that lots of people ride to work and can't shower once they arrive.

Best of luck.
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Old 08-19-13, 05:25 PM   #3
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Quick and dirty: for the 3 mile trip, protect your pants cuff in your preferred manner, carry a fresh shirt in the backpack, use moist wipes (baby wipes) to freshen up when changing shirts and shoes in the men's room. Keep a complete change of outfit at work if possible.
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If your commute is 6 miles RT, you should be able to get there without breaking much of a sweat depending on hills. Just take it easy, since it's only about 3 miles each way.

Have a change of clothes in a small backpack, or haul them in once a week by car.

If you have showers at work - ride to work the LOOONGGG way, workup a great sweat, and enjoy the benefits of having a locker room at work.

I shower/change at work. Carry a small Novara (from REI) backpack that's light and comfortable. It's on sale right now for $39

http://www.rei.com/product/825298/novara-eta-backpack
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BTW, congratulations for the new job, or for the decision to bike as the case may be!
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I almost always wear exercise-type clothes for the ride (i.e. shorts and t-shirt in summer). I also need to dress business casual, and find that if the clothes are folded and placed in my paniers with reasonable care, they come out looking "good enough." (But YMMV - standards are low in my workplace ). I rarely find I need to shower after the morning ride in. I have oxford-type shoes I leave in my cube all the time, so I can wear cycling shoes, winter boots, or whatever is needed for the ride in.
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If you take an easy pace you can probably ride in your business clothes. I couldn't do that here with our heat and humidity. Maybe two miles, but three would likely invoke sweating.

Either way you can bring in a few fresh shirts each week and change at the office. When the weather gets cooler you have more options.
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yeah 6 miles is not bad at all. In one month I will be commuting 15miles...one way.... but on a folder I think I will definitely need to find a shower option post ride.
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you shouldn't be to bad off, unless your like me and like to push yourself as fast as you can go constantly.... other then that you shouldn't sweat to much.

I do dress way different then when i first started commuting though and i will probably continue to dress more different as time goes by eventually over time developing myself into a bicycle... LOL JK!
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Congrats on choosing to commute! I think a change of clothes is a necessity just due to sweat, road grime & odor. A small backpack with wipes, deodorant, and your clothes *rolled* not folded should do. Then leave your work shoes at work, so you don't have to continually pack them.
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Keeping shoes at work is a great idea. Hard-soled business shoes (even business casual shoes) are miserable to carry in a backpack. They take up so much room in the pack (I wear size 12) and are heavy. I keep one black pair and one brown pair in my locker and rotate them with two others about once every week or two (on days I drive my car) just for variety.
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Thanks all. My usual ride is either 30 or 40 miles so this is a non-effort bike wise...I just gotta be spiffy upon arrival! Thanks for the rec's...
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3 miles? I'd get up early and take the long way to work, making it 17 miles or so.


Seriously.
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3 miles? I'd get up early and take the long way to work, making it 17 miles or so.


Seriously.

I don't do early.
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Everyone does these things a bit differently. I think its a bit easier to start in the spring or fall when you won't be fighting warm or cold temps.
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I ride almost twice as far as that, in my regular clothes that I wear for work! I don't have an office job, though...retail sales. I'd consider a 3-mile ride a complete non-issue, especially if your typical ride is 10+ times that distance.
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All of a sudden, I'm going to be commuting by bike!!! Tomorrow!

I'd get the craziest chain guard fenders available and leave 10 minutes early. Keep it at 10 mph and you can cruise in style like pee wee! Bike in a Bowtie and dress shoes!
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Ok...It's gonna be work clothes, pants tucked into my combat boots to protect them...For now. I'm going to have to get a backback for laptop, clothes and shoes, something preferably with a waist belt...any rec's for that? And thanks once again, this thread has been quickly helpful.
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The business format types here commute in their suits.

I just roll up my pant leg and go and my commute is 5km. This you need gear to turn pedals is one of the biggest reasons people don't ride. Bystanders see us in all this fruity gear and a hair net to go a couple miles..
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