Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Commuting clothes

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Commuting clothes

Old 08-16-02, 06:21 PM
  #1  
fubar5
0^0
Thread Starter
 
fubar5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Rolla, MO
Posts: 4,056

Bikes: Redline Monocog,Surly Crosscheck, Lemond Reno

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Commuting clothes

Hey guys! I'm going to be commuting 11 miles one way to college. I probably won't have time to change unless I get there really early, like at 6:30 AM, which would mean I would have to leave my house around 6-5:45 AM, which would mean I would have to get up around 5. That's not going to last. If I get a pair of cycling baggies, and a cycling t-shirt, will the chamois and the wicking material drive me crazy? I know my cycling jersey is really uncomfortable after a ride, and the chamois in my Lycra shorts doesn't allow comfortable walking. But regular shorts get a sweaty spot on the butt, and there is nothing worse than a cotton tee when you're sweating.
It is still hot here, and very humid, and no real chance of colling off until late September. What do you guys reccomend?
__________________
Booyah!!
fubar5 is offline  
Old 08-16-02, 06:36 PM
  #2  
John E
feros ferio
 
John E's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
Posts: 20,471

Bikes: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo; 1960 Capo Sieger (2); 1962 Carlton Franco Suisse; 1970 Peugeot UO-8; 1982 Bianchi Campione d'Italia; 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10;

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 991 Post(s)
Liked 414 Times in 301 Posts
Baggy or regular walk shorts over cycling shorts works for me, with perhaps a bright-coloured T-shirt instead of a cycling jersey on top. Add comfortable, walkable cycle touring shoes, and you are in business.

(For years, I commuted to UCLA in street clothes, including tennis shoes, when only the hard-core "racer boys" wore proper cycling attire.)
__________________
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt
Capo: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger (2), S/N 42624, 42597
Carlton: 1962 Franco Suisse, S/N K7911
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1982 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
John E is offline  
Old 08-16-02, 06:50 PM
  #3  
Andre
Senior Member
 
Andre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Port Coquitlam BC Canada
Posts: 87
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I get up at 4:30 and when i get to work i change clothes, it really does not take a lot of effort to wash up and make yourself presentable.
Andre
PS- my commute is 17 miles one way
Andre is offline  
Old 08-16-02, 07:00 PM
  #4  
P. B. Walker
Breaker of Spokes
 
P. B. Walker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: N. Virginia
Posts: 493
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally posted by fubar5
Hey guys! I'm going to be commuting 11 miles one way to college. I probably won't have time to change unless I get there really early, like at 6:30 AM, which would mean I would have to leave my house around 6-5:45 AM, which would mean I would have to get up around 5. That's not going to last.
That's about the same as my commute. I go 11.5. I found a place to shower right next to work. I drive once a week so that I can bring in enough clothes for that week. Then I just bring a towel, shower stuff, and a pair of shorts and tshirt. After I shower, I wear the shorts and tshirt over to work. I just soft pedal or walk over to work so I don't get sweaty again. I try to get to the place I shower between 6:30 and 7:00. It's about a 50 min ride for me. I just get up, put on my biking clothes and go. So I get up between 5:30 and 6:00... depending on how many snooze's I hit.. hehe.

If you have to leave your house at 5:45... why do you have to get up at 5? Why not just shower there at college? That will save you time.
P. B. Walker is offline  
Old 08-16-02, 07:15 PM
  #5  
Chris L
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Posts: 9,655
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 6 Posts
I spent three years at university riding that sort of distance in almost permanently hot weather, to be honest I just wore whatever clothes I felt like wearing that day. My biggest problem with that ride was that it never really gave me enough time to warm up properly.
__________________
I am clinically insane. I am proud of it.

That is all.
Chris L is offline  
Old 08-16-02, 07:32 PM
  #6  
LittleBigMan
Sumanitu taka owaci
 
LittleBigMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 8,945
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Fubar, if it were me:

Carry (or have ready at your destination)--

--two sets of clean cycling attire: one for the ride in and one for the ride home.

--clean street clothes to change into.

--cornstarch, deodorant and spray-on "eau de toilette" (mild cologne.)

I don't shower, but when I get there I take 15 minutes to wash my face, apply cornstarch to my (self), put on good-smelling stuff and change everything, right down to your socks. It's amazing how cornstarch dries you up and prevents odors.

Be sure to wash your helmet, gloves and anything else that you perspire into regularly. In case it rains, carry your stuff in plastic bags and have fresh socks and shoes ready at work/school.
__________________
No worries
LittleBigMan is offline  
Old 08-16-02, 07:37 PM
  #7  
Chris L
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Posts: 9,655
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 6 Posts
Originally posted by LittleBigMan
Be sure to wash your helmet, gloves and anything else that you perspire into regularly. In case it rains, carry your stuff in plastic bags and have fresh socks and shoes ready at work/school.
This I neglected to include in my original post. Thank you for correcting me LBM.

I'm very sorry everyone.
__________________
I am clinically insane. I am proud of it.

That is all.
Chris L is offline  
Old 08-16-02, 07:41 PM
  #8  
IowaParamedic
Velolutionary
 
IowaParamedic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Iowa City area
Posts: 384
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I have a 12.5 mile commute. Here is the routine:

5 AM - get up
5:15 - on the road
6:10 - arrive at work
7:00 - on duty.

I leave early, because I have to be at work at 7 am. If I am late then someone can't leave. I am a little paranoid about a flat, so I allow a lot of time. I could leave later, and if I had a problem, work would come and pick me up.
IowaParamedic is offline  
Old 08-16-02, 10:03 PM
  #9  
Andy Dreisch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 940
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I do 20 miles, but after mile 11, I look like I just ran through a sprinkler. For me, there's no way I could not take a shower. I sweat a TON. And a shower cools me down; otherwise I'd be sweating long after I actually stopped.

But that's just me.
Andy Dreisch is offline  
Old 08-17-02, 09:08 AM
  #10  
Jean Beetham Smith 
Slow Moving Vehicle
 
Jean Beetham Smith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Norwood, MA
Posts: 1,068

Bikes: Felt F-70, Terry Madeleine, Novara Safari fully customized by me

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My ride is 8.5 to 10 miles each way. I use a Terry Cite or Liberator Gel saddle. With those I don't really need a chamois. I wear bike shorts in the summer because they are cooler. Once it cools down to 70's I ride in almost anything with a slight preference for supplex baggies or pants. When it really cools down or is rainy & cold I wear wind front "cafe pants". One advantage of going to school is that you can probably get a locker somewhere on campus that you can leave emergency clothes in as well as toiletries. Baby wipes work fine for a quick clean up, but I'll bet there are showers available somewhere on campus. I should add that I have a strong preference for coolmax tee's over cotton tee's, they let more air through. On the down side they get raunchy quicker. Merino wool is awesome, I contemplated cutting the sleeves on one of my $20 Costco sweaters for summer use.
Jean Beetham Smith is offline  
Old 08-17-02, 01:40 PM
  #11  
fubar5
0^0
Thread Starter
 
fubar5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Rolla, MO
Posts: 4,056

Bikes: Redline Monocog,Surly Crosscheck, Lemond Reno

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
It's actually a community college and there's no showers or lockers. If changing can be prevented I'd like to go with that. I was jsut wondering if baggies(with a chamois) and a tee made of wicking material are comfy enough to wear when not riding.
__________________
Booyah!!
fubar5 is offline  
Old 08-17-02, 03:29 PM
  #12  
Jean Beetham Smith 
Slow Moving Vehicle
 
Jean Beetham Smith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Norwood, MA
Posts: 1,068

Bikes: Felt F-70, Terry Madeleine, Novara Safari fully customized by me

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
With a decent saddle you don't really need a chamois for a ride of less than an hour. Wear your street clothes.
Jean Beetham Smith is offline  
Old 08-17-02, 04:53 PM
  #13  
fubar5
0^0
Thread Starter
 
fubar5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Rolla, MO
Posts: 4,056

Bikes: Redline Monocog,Surly Crosscheck, Lemond Reno

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally posted by Jean Beetham Smith
With a decent saddle you don't really need a chamois for a ride of less than an hour. Wear your street clothes.

Well the chamois prevents "sweaty butt syndrome" as I call it. I don't think walking to class with a big wet spot on my butt will make good impressions. I think I'm just going to pack some corn startch and a pair of cothes alongside my books. I'm determined to commute though. If push comes to shove, I'll use the bus in a pinch. But I'd much rather ride!
__________________
Booyah!!
fubar5 is offline  
Old 08-18-02, 08:37 AM
  #14  
naisme
Friend of Jimmy K
 
naisme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 1,458

Bikes: A lot: Raliegh road bike, 3 fixed gears, 2 single speeds, 3 Cannondales, a couple of Schwinns

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
One of the things I've done is take a long a pair of shorts and pull them on over my bike shorts, the wet butt syndrom is taken care of, as well as the extra chamios padding hidden. Although you said walking is uncomfortable in the biking shorts. For a shirt I like the cool max for the wicking, it does get raunchy, so slipping it off and pulling on a t-shirt or the like works too.

I do have a place to change at work, and shower is available, so I take it when needed. I've found that a cool damp wash cloth and those Old Spice fresheners have done the trick too.
naisme is offline  
Old 08-18-02, 10:27 AM
  #15  
Rich Clark
A Heart Needs a Home
 
Rich Clark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 1,387
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think personal variations in perspiration levels will determine whether there's an answer to this.

For me, it would be impossible to commute in my work clothes. When I get to work I'm drenched, and it doesn't matter what time of year it is. I simply must allow sufficient time to cool down and make arrangements to change clothes. If I couldn't do this, I wouldn't be able to bike commute because my co-workers would start complaining. It's that simple.

I'm fortunate that I rarely have 9am committments. So I can arrive just before 9 and spend 20 minutes at my desk checking e-mail and answering voicemail while I stop sweating.

But when I do have an early meeting, I just leave half an hour earlier, and that's that.

So I commute in cycling clothes. It's worth it for the 100-120 minutes a day I spend on the trip.

RichC
Rich Clark is offline  
Old 08-19-02, 07:34 AM
  #16  
Loaded_Volpe
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: ripping through the park at high speed
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Be sure to wash your helmet, gloves and anything else that you perspire into regularly. In case it rains, carry your stuff in plastic bags and have fresh socks and shoes ready at work/school.
How does one go about washing a helmet. I've wondered about this -- the spongy pads inside my helmet get very sweaty and I can't see how to wash them without destroying them.

thx
Loaded_Volpe is offline  
Old 08-19-02, 09:25 AM
  #17  
LittleBigMan
Sumanitu taka owaci
 
LittleBigMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 8,945
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
To wash your helmet, remove the spongy pads (they should be attached with velcro so they can be removed) and wash everything by hand in warm, soapy water.

Never use solvents or strong cleaning agents because some chemicals can attack and destroy the materials in your helmet, especially styrofoam.

__________________
No worries

Last edited by LittleBigMan; 08-19-02 at 09:28 AM.
LittleBigMan is offline  
Old 08-22-02, 12:17 PM
  #18  
bruceindcus
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I guess we each have to look at our situation and figure what's going to work best. I have shower facilities where I work. Good thing, because skipping a shower is not even and option for me. I drive out to my office on a Sunday night and drop off a cache of dry clothes, shower stuff, and lunchables.

It works for me -- I enjoy up with an enjoyable ride, because I wear what's comfortable, and I'm not packmuling my stuff.
bruceindcus is offline  
Old 08-23-02, 11:39 AM
  #19  
AlphaGeek
Just Follow Your Feet!
 
AlphaGeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Augusta, GA
Posts: 515

Bikes: Volae Expedition, ActionBent Tidal Wave II, Nishiki Olympic, Giant Cypress

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Fubar,

I would change clothes, it won't take but a few minutes. What you could do is change in the restroom stall and use a towel and some baby power to freshen up a bit. I would be concerned about getting a rash from sitting in the sweat all morning, plus the chicks will probably like the smell better. ...but who knows phernomes, etc.???!
AlphaGeek is offline  
Old 08-23-02, 12:52 PM
  #20  
Spire
山馬鹿
 
Spire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
Posts: 1,407

Bikes: TREK 1000 and a junk bike with a basket on the front to go to the shops.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally posted by IowaParamedic
I have a 12.5 mile commute. Here is the routine:
5 AM - get up
5:15 - on the road
....
Out of bed to on the road in 15 minutes? How do you do that? I spend more time than that just eating!
__________________
https://www.sporra.net - Cycling Motivator
https://www.cyclistsroadmap.com/eng/ - Cyclists' road map. Checkout which roads are good for cycling and rate roads in your area.
Spire is offline  
Old 08-23-02, 01:20 PM
  #21  
LittleBigMan
Sumanitu taka owaci
 
LittleBigMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 8,945
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally posted by Spire
Out of bed to on the road in 15 minutes? How do you do that? I spend more time than that just eating!
I spend more time than that just staring into space.
__________________
No worries
LittleBigMan is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.