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Is $9 per week worth it to shower?

Old 02-13-09, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by robncircus View Post
The idea is to ride in the AM, drive to Bally's, shower, and head to work.
I don't really understand what you're doing. How are you going to drive to Bally's?

You can make up your own mind about whether it's worth $9/wk for the shower at Bally's (might as well use some of their other facilites, then)... but what is the commute plan?

1. ) You ride your bike from your home to the training ride.
2. ) You do the training ride.
3. ) You drive (what?) to Bally's and shower
4. ) You "head to work" (in the car?)

or else:

1. ) You drive from home to the training ride.
2. ) You do the training ride.
3. ) You drive to Bally's and shower
4. ) You drive to work.
And you save on commute time because you're driving two hours earlier in the day.

Am I missing something? ...just thinking that if your typical average speed driving is 20-30 mph, you might as well ride your bike...
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Old 02-13-09, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Phantoj View Post
I don't really understand what you're doing. How are you going to drive to Bally's?

You can make up your own mind about whether it's worth $9/wk for the shower at Bally's (might as well use some of their other facilites, then)... but what is the commute plan?

1. ) You ride your bike from your home to the training ride.
2. ) You do the training ride.
3. ) You drive (what?) to Bally's and shower
4. ) You "head to work" (in the car?)

or else:

1. ) You drive from home to the training ride.
2. ) You do the training ride.
3. ) You drive to Bally's and shower
4. ) You drive to work.
And you save on commute time because you're driving two hours earlier in the day.

Am I missing something? ...just thinking that if your typical average speed driving is 20-30 mph, you might as well ride your bike...

Your number 2 scenarion is correcto. And to clarify, I do ride to and from work as well. I posted about my commute a week or so ago. However, the commute ride is much less derirable than the group ride. So, if I can do the group ride, then that takes the cake.

Cheers for all the responses

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Old 02-13-09, 03:15 PM
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That's over $36/month. Is there a 24 Hour Fitness nearby? I think they're like $25/month.

Aside from that, someone on here recently posted that he just cleans up with baby wipes. If that works for you, go for it. I sweat and stink too much (in my opinion) to get away with that for a whole work day.
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Originally Posted by robncircus View Post
Ok Bikeforumites here's the deal

If I try to ride in the morning before work my driving commute tends to suck - 60-90 minutes to go about 30 miles (for those familiar with LA it's the 405 North south bay to Sherman Oaks at 9AM). I've recently joined a club that does daily AM rides about 10 miles shy of the office and I could participate in these and have a significantly shorter commute. The caveat - I would be going to work everyday after a 2 hour training ride. There are no showers at the office so I'd be stuck having to
"birdbath" it in the sink which has worked ok so far but I don't know that's it's the best idea on a daily basis.

However, through my insurance plan I can get a local gym membership at Bally's for $9.00 per week.The idea is to ride in the AM, drive to Ballys, shower, and head to work. $9.00 per week doesn't seem to bad to avoid the stink (I equate it to two beers per week).

So what say you? Is this a bad idea? Or a good one?

Rob
aka french shower, or cowboy shower.
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Old 02-13-09, 03:20 PM
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If Sherman Oaks is near Van Nuys, I mean workplace. Then why not sign up at the local community college and take a one unit course in physical education? You then become a student and can use their locker room facilities to take that shower. Is it L.A. Valley College?

I think its $20.00 per unit. Student junk fees might be more but will last a whole semester.
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Old 02-13-09, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
That's over $36/month. Is there a 24 Hour Fitness nearby? I think they're like $25/month.

Aside from that, someone on here recently posted that he just cleans up with baby wipes. If that works for you, go for it. I sweat and stink too much (in my opinion) to get away with that for a whole work day.
Good call I'll look into that. I may be the baby wiper you're thinking of. I jsut feel if it's going to be 5 days a wekk I may need to find another alternative.

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aka french shower, or cowboy shower.
We called it a birdbath in bootcamp. Didn't know there were other names.

Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
If Sherman Oaks is near Van Nuys, I mean workplace. Then why not sign up at the local community college and take a one unit course in physical education? You then become a student and can use their locker room facilities to take that shower. Is it L.A. Valley College?

I think its $20.00 per unit. Student junk fees might be more but will last a whole semester.
Already a FT student as it is so that's out. Good suggestion though.

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Old 02-13-09, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by robncircus View Post
Already a FT student as it is so that's out. Good suggestion though.

Rob
Just sign up for the class. Don't actually attend it. That's what my brother did, although it wasn't for shower facilities. It was because my parents told him he had to move out if he didn't register for college that year.
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Old 02-13-09, 03:41 PM
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No, I'd hit the baby wipes. I commute, ride at lunch, then commute home, and don't shower until I get home. No stink, confirmed by coworkers, wife, and kids. Been doing this for years and years (though commuting comes and goes with different office locations).

To think about the annoyance of going to another place to shower. I'd rather spend that time riding. I just get to my desk, sit in my kit with a big fan blowing right at me. Once I'm cool and dry (5 minutes, tops), I head to the bathroom with a few wipes and change. Then I let the fan dry my cycling clothes (20 minutes, tops). Easy, convenient, and effective.
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I'm lucky to have about 10 showers available at work. Too bad none of them have hot water, but I am always wide awake those days!
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
No, I'd hit the baby wipes. I commute, ride at lunch, then commute home, and don't shower until I get home. No stink, confirmed by coworkers, wife, and kids. Been doing this for years and years (though commuting comes and goes with different office locations).

To think about the annoyance of going to another place to shower. I'd rather spend that time riding. I just get to my desk, sit in my kit with a big fan blowing right at me. Once I'm cool and dry (5 minutes, tops), I head to the bathroom with a few wipes and change. Then I let the fan dry my cycling clothes (20 minutes, tops). Easy, convenient, and effective.
Nobody is going to tell the CEO that he stinks though.
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Even though you may be a full time student at a 4 year college, I think that does not preclude you from enrolling at a local community college for some classes. It may not be transferable, but that's not your concern here.

Before the swimming pool custodian retired, I used to do laps at the local community college prior to the swim team arriving in the morning. I used the showers and then went to work.
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Originally Posted by tkehler View Post
Consider wearing wool on those days when you'll be "in public" and/or unable to shower. Seriously, it's stink free.

Don't take my word for it, google it.

And some of those synthetics, well, I just have to walk to the garage in them and they start reeking.
is that smart wool you're talking about? maybe thats why it costs a fortune!
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Old 02-13-09, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by robncircus View Post
Good call I'll look into that. I may be the baby wiper you're thinking of. I jsut feel if it's going to be 5 days a wekk I may need to find another alternative.



We called it a birdbath in bootcamp. Didn't know there were other names.


Already a FT student as it is so that's out. Good suggestion though.

Rob
If you are a fulltime shtudent, then you can use the athletic facilities at no cost. Is the campus convenient to work and the training ride?
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robn, if you don't stink, there's no reason to shower. when i commute and just get to work i'm sweaty but not smelly and the same thing after work when i've ridden twice. just towel yourself off and change into your work clothes. there's no need to make things more difficult.
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A stick of Old Spice deodorant's pretty cheap.
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if you need to actually ask this question to a forum....
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