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Old 08-18-17, 11:51 AM
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What do you use to freshen up after your ride? Need recommendataions.

Hi.


I don't commute by bike to work, but I find a lot of good practical information in this sub-forum, and also thought it would be the best place to post this question.


I just started going to the gym over lunchtime and there is no shower available. I do have a large private bathroom available to change and "freshen up."


What do you use to freshen up before you put on your work clothes, after you get to the office? Wet Ones? Baby Towelettes? Just dry off? I prefer something as odorless as possible.


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I used to used a wet washcloth with water only to wipe off the sweat and a hand towel to dry. Took a shower before riding. Now we have a shower at work.
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wet towel and spray deodorant. I also spray my riding clothes with some shoe deodorizer which works great.
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Just found something new. It's called Chilly Pad.
Made by Frogg Toggs. I cut one in half so i have 2 if you will. Wet it, put it in a zip lock bag, then into the fridge. That thing will really help cool me down quicker than the washcloth i used to use. Even if it's not refrigerated, just rewetting it gives it a "chill". Seems to be working well for me.
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I find that if I have showered previously, and have freshly laundered clothes, I can get by with just drying off.

I've never used moist towelettes or baby wipes, but I think those are great suggestions it toweling off doesn't to it.
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Originally Posted by RECfromPA View Post
Hi.


I don't commute by bike to work, but I find a lot of good practical information in this sub-forum, and also thought it would be the best place to post this question.


I just started going to the gym over lunchtime and there is no shower available. I do have a large private bathroom available to change and "freshen up."


What do you use to freshen up before you put on your work clothes, after you get to the office? Wet Ones? Baby Towelettes? Just dry off? I prefer something as odorless as possible.


Thanks.
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Baby wipes. Sometimes a towel.
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Old 08-18-17, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by downwinded View Post
Just found something new. It's called Chilly Pad.
Made by Frogg Toggs. I cut one in half so i have 2 if you will. Wet it, put it in a zip lock bag, then into the fridge. That thing will really help cool me down quicker than the washcloth i used to use. Even if it's not refrigerated, just rewetting it gives it a "chill". Seems to be working well for me.

What a great idea and inexpensive! I'll be getting one. Thanks!


I'll still need to clean off, since it will have been a good 7 hours between my morning shower and getting back from the gym (or doing a lunch ride).


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Before I started using the shower at work. I used two face clothes and a hand towel. I kept one face cloth for clean water to rinse off and one I put soap on to wash using the hand towel to dry and put them all in a plastic bag to bring home and wash. I used a sink in the ladies room at work.
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at 255 pounds, i kind of favor green tea scented baby wipes. i really enjoy the scent. i shower at home, ride to work, disrobe and dry off with my jersey and then clean up with the baby wipes. then i dress u pand go to work feeling good.
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Originally Posted by srestrepo View Post
at 255 pounds, i kind of favor green tea scented baby wipes. i really enjoy the scent. i shower at home, ride to work, disrobe and dry off with my jersey and then clean up with the baby wipes. then i dress u pand go to work feeling good.
Before I wrote this question, I had used a Wet One and didn't like the "after feel." I might not have smelled, but I did not feel clean.

I think I'll first start with plain old water washcloth and towel suggestion, and get baby wipes as a backup.
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Originally Posted by RECfromPA View Post
Before I wrote this question, I had used a Wet One and didn't like the "after feel." I might not have smelled, but I did not feel clean.

I think I'll first start with plain old water washcloth and towel suggestion, and get baby wipes as a backup.
Its all about options. I didn't like the wet towel but 3 of them baby wipes worked for me.

Good luck
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Originally Posted by srestrepo View Post
Its all about options. I didn't like the wet towel but 3 of them baby wipes worked for me.

Good luck
Thank you. I think I'd be ok with a green tea smell, if not too strong. Do you have a breand that you can recommend?
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Huggies. Definitely huggies. They come in a thick-ish plastic bag that isnt like a hard case with a plastic lid that keeps the package sealed. It worked great in a backpack, panniers and then my shower bag in my locker at work.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I find that if I have showered previously, and have freshly laundered clothes, I can get by with just drying off.

I've never used moist towelettes or baby wipes, but I think those are great suggestions it toweling off doesn't to it.
This.

When I commute I usually take it fairly easy on the ride into work so minimize the sweating. Make it a nice leisurely pace. So I'm a little sweaty but not drenched. I get by just drying out then changing into work clothes. (This doesn't help for a heavy workout at the gym at lunch though like the OP is looking for)

Then I push it hard on the way home for the really good work out...but I have a shower waiting for me when I get home.
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What do you use to freshen up after your ride?
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Old 08-19-17, 10:07 PM
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I have access to the server room. Cooled air vents positioned at me cools me down pretty quickly

My bike clothes are hung behind my office door with a fan blowing on them. No time for bacteria to do their dirty work and makes my clothes all smelly.
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used to commute to a place w no shower just a private bathroom
shower in morning before work & apply good deodorant like Tom's unscented
strip all clothes head to foot & bag them
use a washcloth as if you were in a shower
a liquid soap diluted is easier to use & rinse off
for hair use diluted clarifying shampoo in a big red go cup, put your head down and do the deed, then use the go cup to rinse
use a good hand towel to dry off
apply deodorant, Tom's unscented is good
dress in new dry clothes head to foot
if you are still damp "down there" you can stuff paper towels in your shorts at your desk for 10 min

good luck!
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I cycle to work in my office clothes (academic here, so take that with a grain of salt).

I throw on a rainproof jacket but that's it.

Everyone stinks in Europe, people shower here less / wash clothes less often.
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I cycle to work in my office clothes (academic here, so take that with a grain of salt).

I throw on a rainproof jacket but that's it.

Everyone stinks in Europe, people shower here less / wash clothes less often.
Ha, me too. (Office clothes, academic). Now that I'm in Wisconsin, I wear a lot of merino wool. We only have 3-4 months of sleeveless weather, and wool can be worn longer without needing a wash, even by American standards.

In a previous part of my life, I had a 16 mile RT commute in southern Alabama, and work clothes only worked for a few months of the year. I found the following to be effective: (1) Pre-shower; (2) face wash at work; (3) body deodorant or spray bottle of witch hazel.
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Well, I do have to take a shower at work (I'm in south Louisiana, there is no such thing as not sweating in the summer), but if you're going to go with the washcloth and towel route I would recommend adding some Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap. I was at first just using it up from a previous hiking trip but have found it to be very refreshing with ice-cold water.
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I peel my clothes off and put on fresh clothes. If I'm very sweaty, I'll wash my face and scalp and dry off. That cools me down and seems to get the rest of the body to stop sweating. I'm lucky in that I don't sweat as much as some do, though I suspect it makes me hotter. Generally, I'm a hot person.

I have a box fan in my office, and I hang my clothes in front of it so they'll be dry by evening. This includes my helmet and gloves.

This morning, I smelled the shirt I wore at work, and there was no odor. I guess I am good at cooling down quickly. I'm fairly thin at 155 pounds and 5'9" tall (70 kg and 175 cm), so the surface area to mass ratio is pretty high. Maybe that explains why I don't need to sweat much.

If I'm really hot, I take a tall glass of ice water and sit still for a while.
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Originally Posted by Jadesfire View Post
Well, I do have to take a shower at work (I'm in south Louisiana, there is no such thing as not sweating in the summer), but if you're going to go with the washcloth and towel route I would recommend adding some Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap. I was at first just using it up from a previous hiking trip but have found it to be very refreshing with ice-cold water.


Years ago, I used Dr. Bronner's Peppermint liquid soap and it was a great way to help wake up in the morning.


Thank you all for your suggestions!!! I found Huggies brand non-perfumed "Pure" baby wipes and they work great (thanks, srestrepo). Absolutely no smell and they do not leave a disgusting after-feel like Wet Ones did. I dry off the little bit of moisture it leaves with a paper towel from the ladies room. I still have a wash cloth with me, so If I'm really sweaty wet, I have a second method.


Back to biking... I sweat more on a bike ride than I do at the gym, so now I know I have the option of going on a lunch ride or pre-start-of-work ride and know I can clean up. But, oh, the helmet hair!


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