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Old 06-09-08, 08:57 PM
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B O you can stand up for it

Whats the most distance you would cycle and not bring a change of clothes in summertime heat (80+) My supe comes over yesterday to talk to me does a B O check on himself later i'm like snikes I wonder if it was me. My commute is less than a mile its just hot as balls out
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Old 06-09-08, 09:03 PM
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As I wear a messenger bag, I can get sweaty pretty quick. Without that it depends how hard I'd be working. When I used to combine cycling with a train ride all year round, I never brought a change of clothes because usually in the morning it would be cool enough for the short trip to the train station as long as I wasn't in any hurry.

Now I push pretty hard all the way into work so I'd be sweaty for sure in under a mile.
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Old 06-10-08, 04:30 AM
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In central FL, maybe the end of my driveway. Maybe.
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Some of it depends on body chemistry. If you take a shower in the morning, then sweat, you don't necessarily smell of BO. Having said that, I wouldn't want to walk around work with sweat marks all over my clothes. For me, if it is above 65*F in the morning and high humidity, I wear shorts and bring a change of clothes. Again, not because of smell, rather not to be in wet work clothes. YMMV.
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Old 06-10-08, 07:11 AM
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i always bring a change of clothes with me, my morning shower is the one i take when i get to work, i like to feel clean and energized and ready to go when i sit down
my clothes may stink a little sitting under my desk but it's only noticeable to me, hopefully
 
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I would bring enough clothes on monday to last the week, then take them home on friday. Depending on the shirt, most of any wrinkles would fall out after the first night. This way, you can travel lighter on the days in between as well.
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Old 06-10-08, 08:44 AM
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A mile, but just guessing because my commute is 8. I always change. Just more comfortable on the bike and more comfortable in the office.
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Old 06-10-08, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by PunkMartyr View Post
Whats the most distance you would cycle and not bring a change of clothes in summertime heat (80+) My supe comes over yesterday to talk to me does a B O check on himself later i'm like snikes I wonder if it was me. My commute is less than a mile its just hot as balls out
Uhh.. maybe 1/10th of a mile... you can't really do that and expect not to be nasty. Even in the winter you're gonna sweat.

I don't see how you can commute if you don't have showers where you work.
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Old 06-10-08, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by riddei View Post
Some of it depends on body chemistry. If you take a shower in the morning, then sweat, you don't necessarily smell of BO.
Fail.
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Originally Posted by jo8243 View Post
Fail.
You failed by failing to provide evidence of the fail.
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Old 06-10-08, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by jo8243 View Post
Fail.
How so? My sweat does not smell after a fresh shower & 90 minutes in blazing sun & heat. Perhaps I am just an odd-ball who knows? The smell comes from the bacteria the feeds on the excreted sweat if left unchecked or uncleaned after some time. For some people this can be anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. I can go hours without wreaking after a vigorous ride. I simply wipe the sweat off & use deodorant, no problems. So yeah, I definitely agree with riddei.

Nice implementation of internet meme but I disagree.
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Originally Posted by jo8243 View Post
Uhh.. maybe 1/10th of a mile... you can't really do that and expect not to be nasty. Even in the winter you're gonna sweat.

I don't see how you can commute if you don't have showers where you work.

Stop for a second and consider that you don't represent everyone, or even the majority. A high percentage of this forum doesn't have showers at work.

I can't speak for them, but I absolutely do not smell at the end of the day.
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Old 06-10-08, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
I can't speak for them, but I absolutely do not smell at the end of the day.
Are you sure? It's kinda like bad breath....... you can't always smell your own.
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Old 06-10-08, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by DavidLee View Post
How so? My sweat does not smell after a fresh shower & 90 minutes in blazing sun & heat.
90 minutes? Are you not dripping with sweat?

Are you french?
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Originally Posted by jo8243 View Post
Are you sure? It's kinda like bad breath....... you can't always smell your own.
Definitely true. There was a guy in the office who somebody must have finally said something to 'cause it was definitely noticeable on him. I'm sure he would have done something about it sooner if he could have smelled it himself.

Nevertheless, there are people who can sweat and not suffer from BO. I know because I'm one of them
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Originally Posted by jo8243 View Post
I don't see how you can commute if you don't have showers where you work.
I sweat, a lot. But, I make it a point to have a towel at work to wipe down with (and it comes home for washing so IT doesn't start to stink) and then I change clothing. In the past this has all been facilitated via pannier but we just moved and I now have my own desk with drawers and all, so I can store stuff at work.

But, the key for me is regular showers. I was worried about my... aroma... at work and in class since I am very near other people and I am very conscious of how I am around other people (in terms of appearances, odors, demeanor, etc.) and make it a point to make sure I don't stink regardless of showers though... the new building has a chemical shower out in the hallway
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Are you sure?
Yes. That's why I said it.
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Take a shower before you leave, bring a damp cloth to work or baby wipes. Wipe the sweat off, change clothes, put on deodorant and viola no stinky.
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Lucky me(I think),I can come to work pouring sweat and that's the cleanest I'll be all day.
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PunkMartyr,

I think the best and safest course of action is to simply ask people. Tell a few people (ok, probably best to keep it to those with whom you have some rapport) that you've started riding to work, and you'd really appreciate it if they'd let you know if you become odoriferous. One or two may say yes, because they think everything that doesn't smell like roses smells bad (as good Americans, they've been brainwashed by marketers to believe nothing should ever smell bad) but you'll probably find most people can't smell you at all, even your deodorant/body wash/whatever. You can decide who to listen to.

In my experience is that breath is 10 times more powerful than BO. Have an onion bagel with garlic cream cheese that morning? 8-)
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Originally Posted by JeffS View Post
Stop for a second and consider that you don't represent everyone, or even the majority. A high percentage of this forum doesn't have showers at work.

I can't speak for them, but I absolutely do not smell at the end of the day.
On the other hand, there are the percentage of this forum who have showers at work and don't use them. They too think that they do not smell at the end of the day. I had a co-worker who was passed up on a promotion simply due to this sort of hygiene. Thankfully he has moved on since
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Originally Posted by newbojeff View Post
A mile, but just guessing because my commute is 8. I always change. Just more comfortable on the bike and more comfortable in the office.
+1. I change regardless of weather/temperature. (8mi one way, 12mi back)

But to the original question, either due to lack of ability to slow down or due to being kind of hairy (or both), I am sweating a little within a mile.
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Originally Posted by swduncan View Post
PunkMartyr,
One or two may say yes, because they think everything that doesn't smell like roses smells bad (as good Americans, they've been brainwashed by marketers to believe nothing should ever smell bad) but you'll probably find most people can't smell you at all, even your deodorant/body wash/whatever. You can decide who to listen to.
Is that an excerpt from "How to be a hippie" ?
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Originally Posted by jo8243 View Post
90 minutes? Are you not dripping with sweat?

Are you french?
Sure I'm drenched but I wipe down & change clothes at work, never been a problem. As stated, everyones body chemistry is different, guess I just lucked out?
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Originally Posted by riddei View Post
Some of it depends on body chemistry. If you take a shower in the morning, then sweat, you don't necessarily smell of BO. Having said that, I wouldn't want to walk around work with sweat marks all over my clothes. For me, if it is above 65*F in the morning and high humidity, I wear shorts and bring a change of clothes. Again, not because of smell, rather not to be in wet work clothes. YMMV.
Agreed.
I ride in about 8mi in the morning and I am clean when I leave the house. Sweat alone does not make one stink, its the bacteria that eat or live on the sweat that stinks. I use Tai Stone for deoderant and once I am at work, I cool off, put on new deoderant and a new shirt and and I dont think anyone knows the difference whether I ride my bike in or drive in.

I own a pool, so the trip home it doesnt matter how hot and sweaty I am.
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