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

Forgot My Socks Today

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.

Forgot My Socks Today

Old 02-29-12, 08:27 PM
  #1  
john4789
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
john4789's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 437

Bikes: Surly Steamroller FG, Trek 800 SS MTB, Omega Tandem Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Forgot My Socks Today

Nothing says dork like black pants, black shoes, and short white socks on display when sitting at your desk.

A fellow commuter forgot his pants once

What is the worst thing you have forgotten to bring to work?
john4789 is offline  
Old 02-29-12, 08:48 PM
  #2  
Chris_in_Miami
missing in action
 
Chris_in_Miami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 4,527
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I forget a belt occasionally, but luckily my pants stay up without one.
Chris_in_Miami is offline  
Old 02-29-12, 08:52 PM
  #3  
thenomad
Riding like its 1990
 
thenomad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: IE, SoCal
Posts: 3,773
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
my underwear
thenomad is offline  
Old 02-29-12, 08:56 PM
  #4  
gerv 
In the right lane
 
gerv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Des Moines
Posts: 9,569

Bikes: 1974 Huffy 3 speed

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by john4789 View Post
A fellow commuter forgot his pants once
This is my nightmare
Or maybe it's a nightmare for others in my office.
gerv is offline  
Old 02-29-12, 09:06 PM
  #5  
eofelis 
The Rock Cycle
 
eofelis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Western Colorado
Posts: 1,675

Bikes: Salsa Vaya Ti, Specialized Ruby, Gunnar Sport, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Jamis Dragon, Novara Randonee x2

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I keep a full set of spare clothes in a tote behind my desk at work in case I forget anything. My job is jeans and t-shirt attire.
__________________
Gunnar Sport
Specialized Ruby
Salsa Vaya Ti
Novara Randonee x2
Motobecane Fantom CXX
Jamis Dakar XCR
eofelis is offline  
Old 02-29-12, 09:13 PM
  #6  
Schwinnrider
Mirror slap survivor
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Sunny Florida
Posts: 1,297

Bikes: Gunnar Sport, Surly Pacer, Access MTB, Ibex Corrida, one day a Simple City

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Underwear. That's the worst, especially since my work uniform was scrubs. You can't exactly go commando in scrubs. So I ended up wearing lycra bike shorts under my scrubs all day. Sweaty, stinky bike shorts.
Schwinnrider is offline  
Old 02-29-12, 10:58 PM
  #7  
Jim from Boston
Senior Member
 
Jim from Boston's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 6,628
Mentioned: 39 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 614 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Originally Posted by Schwinnrider View Post
Underwear. That's the worst, especially since my work uniform was scrubs. You can't exactly go commando in scrubs. So I ended up wearing lycra bike shorts under my scrubs all day. Sweaty, stinky bike shorts.
I wear scrubs nearly all the time too, and they are forgiving if you forget something. Did you know that SCRUBS is actually an acronym for Surgical Clothing Reveals Unusual Bulges? (or Body sizes, Body shapes).
Jim from Boston is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 07:03 AM
  #8  
SuncoastChad
Senior Member
 
SuncoastChad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 251

Bikes: Schwinn Fred-mobile

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Socks? Phtttt....oh wait, your in Chi land...
Here is FL no socks is pretty normal - even in an office environment.
I have a coworker that always wears "tennis" socks -- the short ones.
Skivvies....commando in office attire is just, well, WRONG!! I can see where scrubs could be an issue, too.
SuncoastChad is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 07:13 AM
  #9  
locolobo13 
Senior Member
 
locolobo13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Phx, AZ
Posts: 1,652

Bikes: Trek Mtn Bike

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 128 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 17 Posts
Key card. I can't even get in without it. Had to ride home to get it.

I keep spare clothes at work also.
locolobo13 is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 07:23 AM
  #10  
scroca
commuter and barbarian
 
scroca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Potomac, MT, USA
Posts: 2,494
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Shoes are always at work. I keep spares of all other clothes (stuff I don't like too much since I rarely need to wear it). I've never had to use the spare pants.
scroca is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 07:41 AM
  #11  
nashvillwill
Senior Member
 
nashvillwill's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: East Bay
Posts: 274

Bikes: Globe Vienna 3 Disc

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Transit pass.

I have a 40 mile one-way, so I do about 8 on the bike and the rest on the train. It sucks doing that first 6 miles only to realize that I cant board the train when I get there.
nashvillwill is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 08:43 AM
  #12  
MK313
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 782
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Worst thing I ever forgot was my bike lock. I left it at work after that. I also keep my shoes at work & a spare set of clothes here at work. When a pair of pants/shirt, etc wears out to the point I won't wear it to work, I just add it to my collection, so I have a full change of clothes at work, without spending anything extra to have it here.
MK313 is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 09:01 AM
  #13  
Rick@OCRR
www.ocrebels.com
 
Rick@OCRR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Los Angeles area
Posts: 6,189

Bikes: Several bikes, Road, Mountain, Commute, etc.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The full set of clothes at work is a cheap insurance policy against an early morning "Oh no, I can't believe I forgot _________!"

I've forgotten my transit pass (TAP card in Los Angeles), so I just bought tickets that day, not a huge problem. Now I just keep the TAP card in a small pocket in my rack trunk.

I've forgotten the electronic "key" to open the gate when I get to work . . . just had to wait until someone else got there. Again, not tragic.

No underwear wouldn't be tragic either; commando in jeans is no problem!

Rick / OCRR
Rick@OCRR is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 11:14 AM
  #14  
RobertFrapples
all-weather commuter
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 315
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
lunch
RobertFrapples is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 12:04 PM
  #15  
Nel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Boston
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mnemonic

I have a dreadful memory. I used to forget something every commute until I came up with my "three threes": 3 outerwear (shirt/pants/belt) 3 underwear (socks/underwear/t-shirt), 3 shower (towel/washcloth/plastic bag for wet stuff).
Later I added my "fourth four". (Work ID/keys/wallet/phone).
Hasn't failed me yet!
Nel is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 12:16 PM
  #16  
thenomad
Riding like its 1990
 
thenomad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: IE, SoCal
Posts: 3,773
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I brought in a plastic closet of sorts to house a full week of clothes with my shoes and a toiletries bag/towel. Perfect solution. Only drag is that I wtill have to carry home all my cold weather gear from the morning ride so I usually have a full trunk bag and one pannier full.
thenomad is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 01:19 PM
  #17  
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Posts: 12,952
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I kept a spare socks, underwear, T shirt and an old office shirt and tie in my desk drawer, along with an inner tube (in case I got lucky).
MichaelW is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 01:20 PM
  #18  
AdamDZ
Bike addict, dreamer
 
AdamDZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Queens, New York
Posts: 5,165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I keep complete set of clothes at work
AdamDZ is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 01:22 PM
  #19  
AdamDZ
Bike addict, dreamer
 
AdamDZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Queens, New York
Posts: 5,165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Nel View Post
I have a dreadful memory. I used to forget something every commute until I came up with my "three threes": 3 outerwear (shirt/pants/belt) 3 underwear (socks/underwear/t-shirt), 3 shower (towel/washcloth/plastic bag for wet stuff).
Later I added my "fourth four". (Work ID/keys/wallet/phone).
Hasn't failed me yet!
That's a lot of numbers to remember
AdamDZ is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 01:26 PM
  #20  
snowman40
Senior Member
 
snowman40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 1,173

Bikes: Fuji

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Cell phone, keys or wallet.

Cell phone - part of my safety plan...

Keys - can't get into server room...

Wallet - ID, insurance cards, etc...
snowman40 is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 01:27 PM
  #21  
snowman40
Senior Member
 
snowman40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Orange County, CA
Posts: 1,173

Bikes: Fuji

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sorry for the double post....I'm chasing a ghost on my work network and it struck when I posted this...

Last edited by snowman40; 03-02-12 at 12:13 AM.
snowman40 is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 02:20 PM
  #22  
muu
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 227
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I leave my pants in the office, no chance I'll forget those...

...did forget spare underwear a few times during the summer and had to settle with a soggy butt for half a day.
muu is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 04:51 PM
  #23  
locolobo13 
Senior Member
 
locolobo13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Phx, AZ
Posts: 1,652

Bikes: Trek Mtn Bike

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 128 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 17 Posts
Originally Posted by muu View Post
I leave my pants in the office, no chance I'll forget those...

...did forget spare underwear a few times during the summer and had to settle with a soggy butt for half a day.
I too have been a member of the Soggy Bottoms Club. LOL
locolobo13 is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 05:28 PM
  #24  
toobspunk
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I am scared to death of showing up to work without pants. I always double check before I leave, and then usually stop mid commute to make sure I have everything.

I usually only forget underwear or a wash towel.
toobspunk is offline  
Old 03-01-12, 05:31 PM
  #25  
jsigone
got the climbing bug
 
jsigone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 9,765

Bikes: one for everything

Mentioned: 70 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 500 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
+1 on lunch
__________________
Rule #10 // It never gets easier, you just go faster.
jsigone is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.