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Is $9 per week worth it to shower?

Old 02-13-09, 11:18 AM
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Is $9 per week worth it to shower?

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?

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Old 02-13-09, 11:21 AM
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just stink and drink more
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Old 02-13-09, 11:23 AM
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Think of the money you would be saving on gas. Not to mention the time saved on your less stressful commute. And you would be getting in a good ride everyday. $9 is a small price to pay.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:24 AM
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Of course it's a good idea. A 2 hour training ride gets you really sweaty. While you could clean up in a sink, a shower works better and also feels great afterwards.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:25 AM
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Hit up your co-workers to see if they'll fund a keep-the-stench-off-robncircus fund.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:25 AM
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^^^yep. I agree.

edit: with all of the above.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:26 AM
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On behalf of the folks in your office that are seated near you, $9.00 / week is a bargain.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:26 AM
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Hmm, $1.80 a shower. A little high but I guess you could always add in some squats and maybe steam room etc to make it more worth it.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:30 AM
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Use your "economic stimulus" tax cut for part of it! At least you'll know it went for something.

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Old 02-13-09, 11:34 AM
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I would pay it.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Tequila Joe View Post
On behalf of the folks in your office that are seated near you, $9.00 / week is a bargain.
Maybe he could collect donations from co-workers!

Besides, a thorough cleaning after rides will help to prevent mushrooms from growing in bad places.
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Doesn't sound bad at all. And in the winter when it's really vile out you could use the trainers there instead of being all alone at home on the turbo.

Any local sporting goods shops for which the gym membership gives discounts? You might be able to recoup some of that with 10% of bars and gels or something like that.
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I don't do a hard training ride but I commute every day (except when I don't). Anyway, I've been successful using baby powder along with a little birdbathing. Try taking some baby powder into work; it may be all you need. And cheaper than $1.80 per day.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:49 AM
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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.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:51 AM
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Any chance of a significant price cut for buying a monthly/yearly membership?

It's still cheaper than smoking!
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Old 02-13-09, 11:53 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I think I'm gonna do it.

Originally Posted by Tequila Joe View Post
On behalf of the folks in your office that are seated near you, $9.00 / week is a bargain.
Fortunately I have my own office so nobody is really "near" me per say.

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Doesn't sound bad at all. And in the winter when it's really vile out you could use the trainers there instead of being all alone at home on the turbo.

Any local sporting goods shops for which the gym membership gives discounts? You might be able to recoup some of that with 10% of bars and gels or something like that.
I'm in LA so I don't worry about the winters . Good call with the sports stores.....

Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
I don't do a hard training ride but I commute every day (except when I don't). Anyway, I've been successful using baby powder along with a little birdbathing. Try taking some baby powder into work; it may be all you need. And cheaper than $1.80 per day.
I've done this when commuting in the past but the ride is a bit harder than my commute so I intend to sweat more. I will resort to this on commute days however.
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I'd do it. Couple of days a week you can do some weights, too. That's about $40.00 a month and it's about what my gym costs. Do they have a pool?
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Ride then do not take a shower then as the coworkers for a donation towards your "Shower Relief" fund. Or you could refer to it as a "Stink Abatment" program.

You could also record and then sell it to a network TV station as a reality program and make big bucks, retire and forget the whole dam thing. They have worse cr_p on TV.

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I would pay twice this (in Manhattan).
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The econony is hurting, health clubs are no exception. The price they are giving you is their first offer. Typically no one wants to lower a price but as suggested before, ask if you get a discount for paying for a year up front. Also instead of lower price, ask for first three months free. There is always a deal. If the floor rep won't give it to you, ask for the manager.

And the shower is worth it. I ride to work occasionally in the warmer months and appreciate the clean up as I'm lucky enough to work in a place with a locker room.
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The showers at health clubs are filled with ringworm and SpaceAIDS...
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Originally Posted by dsellinger View Post
Hmm, $1.80 a shower. A little high but I guess you could always add in some squats and maybe steam room etc to make it more worth it.
Still cheaper than the car wash.
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Old 02-13-09, 12:35 PM
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Is there a safe place to park your bike?

If so, definitely worth it, IMO.
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Something like a YMCA or public rec center might be a little cheaper, but I don't know if there's one near your office.

It's a lot to pay for a shower, but if you can afford it, go for it. Birdbathing is no fun.
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