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Old 06-13-08, 09:54 PM
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I want to start biking to work.

My commute from my home to my office is 6.88 miles not far at all. The only problem is that we do not have showers at my job. I live in Houston, TX and it gets really hot. What are some tips to clean up at work.


All input will be greatly appreciated.




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Old 06-13-08, 10:08 PM
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Clothes made of any of the new Technical fabrics help a lot.
The fabric wicks the moisture away and you definitely don't get as sweaty.
All the major sportsware manufacturers make them as well as the cycling specific brands.
A quick wipe down at work with paper towels and changing clothes does the trick.
I have asked a close and sensitive (female) coworker to verify that I don't smell.
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1 wet wipe warmed in a glass of hot water works for well. Kinda like a hot shower. Mitchum for the pits, good to go.
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I bike about 4 miles to work. I just go to the cafeteria to get breakfast and dry up (I wear moisture wicking clothing and soon I would dry up with no smell). I then change to work clothes after eating breakfast. Very efficient.
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Originally Posted by Paulnhbtx View Post
My commute from my home to my office is 6.88 miles not far at all. The only problem is that we do not have showers at my job. I live in Houston, TX and it gets really hot. What are some tips to clean up at work.


All input will be greatly appreciated.




Thanks


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I commute roughly the same distance (for 2 years). Shower before leaving, take a change of clothing, splash on some deodorant and turn a fan on me for 10-15 minutes upon arriving to work. That's all it takes and I'm dry. I told my co-workers to let me know if I stink, which I don't as they've never said a word (and they would tell me).

It isn't hard. People think it's harder than it is. Just do it.
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I use a towel like this. When I get to work I usually drink some water and relax for 5-10 minutes before changing. Then I wipe down with the towel, change into regular clothes, and sometimes wash my face in the sink.

It works well.
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Old 06-14-08, 08:19 PM
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+1 on the baby wipes.

I shower really well before riding so that my sweat is clean. Baby wipes take care of the sweat. I feel totally clean afterward, and I am very particular about my need to feel clean. That and a microfiber towel are a godsend.
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You can sweat all you want and not smell if you shower first. Body odor is the smell of bacteria on your skin feeding off your sweat and then defecating. If you shower first, you wash those pesky BO-causing bacteria off, and you will not smell.
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+1 on all the above I stash stuff at the office (clothes, deodorant, wet wipes, cologne, etc etc). I also keep some extra water in the fridge and energy bars/gels for a quick recovery once I get in.

You can limit the amount of sweat and stank by leaving early enough so you don't need to rush - then, use an easy gear and ride at a low intensity. Sure, it's not an optimal workout, but who cares? Your main goals for commuting should be getting to work, on time, and in one piece. Save the Lance workouts for weekends or evenings, in a safe less-trafficked zone if possible. Rush hour traffic ain't it....
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Paul what I recommend is go for a recreational ride after work or on your day off. Come inside, use some baby wipes to clean up followed with some deodorant maybe even cologne. Notice how clean you are? That pretty much sums it up. You can throw some baby powder in there for good measure if thats your thing.
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Old 06-14-08, 10:12 PM
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Paul - I live in Ft Worth, TX, so I know hot too. I do 11-miles one-way commute. While I have a shower at work, there are rat droppings, dead rats, no curtain, asbestos. Gitmo likely has better POW camps. Needless to say, I don't always use work "shower." Agree w/ punkmartyr et.al....Shower before your ride, baby wipes or washcloth+towel @ work, deodorant, cologne and you're good to go.
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Old 06-15-08, 07:13 AM
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I think the baby wipe options will probably work well. Another option is a close-by gym. I work in a downtown area and my gym is 2 blocks from my work. I even leave my bike at the gym as it's easier and safer to do so. I've even started to spend a little time each week using some of the gym equipment (well, the ones I can figure out on my own!). Any possibility like that?
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Old 06-15-08, 08:26 AM
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Congratulations on making the choice to bike commute. You'll certainly be fine with the suggestions above. My only advice is to take it easy and spin in a nice easy gear. Give yourself plenty of time. It's a perfectly manageable distance.
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