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Car Free? sweat problem!!!! any solutions?

Old 10-11-06, 03:00 AM
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Car Free? sweat problem!!!! any solutions?

I'd like to travel all the time by bike but hte only problem is that that someone drives more than 15min.. the body starts to sweat. Any idea? i have a neat job and i dont want to smell like sweat. HELP!
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Old 10-11-06, 03:07 AM
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Dont think there is a solution. Sweat that's the nature of exercise. Sweat is good. Heck, I start to sweat on the first hill. I was lucky, work offered a shower.
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Old 10-11-06, 04:14 AM
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How much are you away from work? i have about 13-15 km from home... and 15km in malta is like 30km in european countries because the elevations are going up and down and the road is not always smooth
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Maybe an electric bicycle? You won't have to put as much effort into pedalling, so you won't sweat as much (or at all).
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Old 10-11-06, 07:34 AM
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If you take a shower right before your ride, sweat won't really make you smell dirty. If you don't have a shower available, tips to freshen up can include bringing antiperspirant, and wet ones or baby wipes.
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Old 10-11-06, 07:48 AM
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I never have a problem with odor, even if I take a 40 km ride on my way into work. (Like you, I work at a job where I have to be clean and odor free.) However, everyone is different in their body composition. Also, you live in a warm climate and you have big climbs on your commute. So maybe you'll want to do an experiment before you actually commute to work.

Try the commute on a day off. Shower just before you leave, wear freshly laundered cycling clothes (whatever you would be wearing when you ride to work). Ride to where you work. Sit down for about 5 minutes to cool off. Change into the clothing you would wear at work. Now smell yourself. Do you pass the sniff test?

I would call this a dry run. It's the only way to really know how it will work for you.
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Old 10-11-06, 10:56 AM
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they make handiwipe sort of products with witch hazel in them instead of lotion. These will immediately kill odor. Just give yourself time to dry, wipe down with them, and you're all rosey again.
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Search the commuter forum, this topic has been well covered.
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shower at home + Cool down + baby wipes + change of cloths + deoderant + a good diet (it does make a diffrence as to how much you smell)

Also make sure you are not wear to much when you cycle. According to bbc weather it was about 50 F and misty when I left home this morning, most people where in coats I was cycling in shorts and t - shirt. Cold for about 1 - 2 miles and toasty after that.

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Old 10-12-06, 08:51 AM
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don't drink so much alcohol
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Old 10-13-06, 10:15 AM
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I usually just take an Irish shower once I get where I am going. I always have a can of deoderant in my bag.
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Originally Posted by jonathan180iq
I usually just take an Irish shower once I get where I am going. I always have a can of deoderant in my bag.
Sorry about being naive, but what's an Irish shower?
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Originally Posted by rajman
Sorry about being naive, but what's an Irish shower?
Rubdown with whiskey?
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https://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...m=Irish+Shower
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Old 10-14-06, 10:38 PM
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well, according to that definition, I don't actually take an Irish Shower.

I always thought an Irish shower was a quick rubdown with a washcloth in the sink. I usually rinse my head and face with a wet papertowel and then dry off with my mini-washrag and freshen up with some spray deodorant.
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Old 10-14-06, 11:24 PM
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My commute is a little less than 7 miles. I was lucky enough to have a YMCA near work. I carry my work clothes in a bag, go to the Y, maybe swim some laps if I have time, shower, and go to work. It works great, and isn't that expensive. The creepy 60 year old quasi-nudists in the locker room are a bit iffy, but nothing that can't be handled.
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Old 10-16-06, 03:48 PM
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sweat problem

Monday morning I ride in with a back pack. Contains 5 shirts, pants. socks. I wear bike cloths. When I arrive I hit the rest room after a 10 min. cool down wipe off with wet paper towels, dry off with dry paper towels finish up with baby powder and deoderant. Put on clean cloths and hang the bike cloths to air dry. At the end of day I leave work cloths until friday and ride home in that mornings bike cloths. Friday the back pake returns for all the dirty stuff. Dress shoes for work stay at work bike shoes go back home daily. A system that has worked for me the pst 18 months. I have nerver noticed an oder problem and no one has ever complained about smells or the cloths hanging in the rest room to dry. In fact our HR offered the use of a sotrage closet in bad weather so I could keep the bike dry and secure rather than out on the rack.
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Old 10-17-06, 10:43 PM
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To all the people who clean themselves off in the bathroom: Do you feel weird when other people come in? (I guess this only applies if you have multi-user bathrooms at your workplace.) When it's really hot I dry off and change in a bathroom stall, but I feel weird when other people come into the bathroom, hiding in the stall and taking my clothes off...
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These things work for me:

1. Bring deodorant with you.
2. Underdress a bit. You may be a little cold at first, but you'll warm up.
3. Change all your clothes when you get to work. (Including underwear and socks.)
4. Stop eating red meat. Red meat makes you stink when you sweat. Seriously.
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Old 10-18-06, 12:24 PM
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Bragi (post 19) makes good points.

Also, stress can make your sweat stinky. If you heat your body up, you'll sweat, but if you manage to avoid feeling stressed about it (and generally avoid being stressed) your sweat is less likely to be stinky.

Easier said than done, avoiding being stressed. But I think it's kind of a matter of just accepting the things in life that you can't control.
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Old 10-18-06, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by jonathan180iq
well, according to that definition, I don't actually take an Irish Shower.

I always thought an Irish shower was a quick rubdown with a washcloth in the sink. I usually rinse my head and face with a wet papertowel and then dry off with my mini-washrag and freshen up with some spray deodorant.

Those are called *****'s baths (or so my mom allways called them).
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Old 10-21-06, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by littlefoot
don't drink so much alcohol
But using a little rubbing alcohol on the worst areas after you arrive can help kill the germs that cause the smell.
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Hmm. What would happen if you covered your whole body with anti-perspirant?
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Your body will feel kind of slimy and you'll smell VERY much like a powdered baby.
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Originally Posted by BearsPaw
To all the people who clean themselves off in the bathroom: Do you feel weird when other people come in? (I guess this only applies if you have multi-user bathrooms at your workplace.) When it's really hot I dry off and change in a bathroom stall, but I feel weird when other people come into the bathroom, hiding in the stall and taking my clothes off...
I usually just take my top off and wash up in the sink. If someone walks in, well, it's a public bathroom and the showers in the gym have been out of service for two months. If someone complains about the creepy cyclist in the bathroom, maybe they'll get their bums busy fixing the showers. It used to be nice to get to school and have a fresh shower before class. Now, I'm just creeping in the bathroom.
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