Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Cary, NC
Bikes: 1983 Trek, 2001 Lemond, 2000 Gary Fisher
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Originally Posted by Bekologist
that you find commuting in cotton clothing a 'punishment' is telling, steve. hmmm. 'serious' cycle clothing only, eh?
Do you disparage other cyclists that commute in street clothes in your community? just asking. not really related to the topic at hand.
I bike commuted in cotton all through school. In hot weather, the resulting dampness stays with you all day, which isn't comfortable or good for your skin.
When I started using non-cotton bicycle-specific clothing, I felt much more comfortable, and had fewer skin issues. I also smelled better.
I frequently ride wearing casual street clothing, but I stick to non-cotton garments as much as I can when doing this. Most of this stuff I buy from REI.
I also ride on errands or family outings where I try not to sweat, especially when I hop on the bike without planning for it. But those are short rides, not my cross-town commute, which I do as fast as I can manage, in order to save commuting time. My wife starts watching the clock while I'm on the way home from work, waiting to hand off the kid to me and/or to have dinner. She doesn't care if I'm saving the planet by cycling if it makes me late getting home.