- Commuting without a shower
After reading a few other commuting kit threads I thought I would ask about commuting without a shower. I started a new job and it’s 15 very very hilly Devon miles from home. I can store my bike indoors I hope to be able to commute 2 or 3 times a week so all clothes will already be at work. Their isn’t a shower the best I can do for now is a disabled toilet to change in. Their is no way to get to work in un sweaty state as it is up or down the whole way and takes about 1:10 currently. What do other people do, tricks of the trade.Posted 5 years agopiemonsterMember
shower before, babywipes after ( under arms, face, etc). Then Fresh clothes and deodrant.
The armpit eco system takes a while for the bacteria to start farting out stink, so long as your freshly showered before you set off. Your unlikely to fugg up the office, especially with a wet wipe chemical warfare blast.Posted 5 years agoiamsporticusMember
My system is shower at home and then wear merino under the prev mentioned technical kit then change at work again
Riding like a granny is pretty mandatory too
AND ALL OF THOSE FECKERS WHO INSIST ON BURNING OFF THE SADDO IN FLASH KIT RIDING HIS BIKE SLOWLY, WELL IVE GOT ALL YOUR CARDS MARKED AND ONE DAY IM GONNA TURN UP FOR MY COMMUTE ON ONE OF MY DAYS OFF AND SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHO THE DADDY IS ON A BIKE UNTIL YOU SOB FOR MERCY
Probably……………Posted 5 years agohs125Member
Do not use a rucksack or shoulder bag, they make you sweat no matter how good your clothing is. Carry everything on a rack.Posted 5 years ago
Stop to take off layers as you warm up so as not to overheat.
Arm warmers are better than a jacket on cool mornings as you can pull them off and tuck them into a pocket really quickly.
Shower before you leave in the morning.
Hang your cycling gear up at work to air out.
Fit mudguards to keep you and your clothes a lot cleaner.geetee1972Member
Good luck with that. I’m sure you can make it work with just a basin, baby wipes and deodorant but it’s not what I would do. When in a similar situation a few years ago I just joined a local gym on the most basic membership and just used it for the showers. Shower at the gym then walk or ride the shorter distance to work.Posted 5 years agocheekyboyMember
Submariners dhobey or Midshipmans birdbath !
Using a flannel and warm water from the sink you can give yourself a more than adequate rub all over from one fill of the sink, the 2nd fill to do your face and final rinse of flannel, presto one clean and well exercised individual ready to assault the working day in a clean and sweet smelling fashion !
ps: dont forget the clean knicks though !Posted 5 years ago
pps: the trick is use as least water possible as this will aid drying, another thing to is allow a few minutes to cool down when you reach work.sandwicheaterSubscriber
I’m in a similar boat with distance/hills. Try and get 2-3 commutes a week but I carry my gear in.
I find just taking it easy over last 5 minutes of the commute helps a great deal.
Take a couple of minutes when you arrive just to cool down/stop dripping.
Stash of wet wipes/talk/deodorant at work helps.Posted 5 years agosimons_nicolai-ukMember
Using a flannel and warm water from the sink you can give yourself a more than adequate rub all over from one fill of the sink, the 2nd fill to do your face and final rinse of flannel,
This – if you’ve got a disabled toilet no need to use baby wipes. Merino tops work for me much better than synthetic.Posted 5 years agosimons_nicolai-ukMember
definitely take a good five minutes for a slow walk round the block / building when you arrive. Makes a massive difference.
That’s a very good idea. Far too many times when i’ve arrived by Brompton and sat down in a meeting looking fine I’ve slowly developed a huge sweat over the following 5 minutes. Not very smooth.Posted 5 years agoCougarSubscriber
You’re all going to hell. Look.Posted 5 years agothegeneralistMember
Cycle to work (6 miles)Posted 5 years ago
Work for half an hour or so to cool down.
Tupperware box filled from the sink in the gents.
Lots of paper towels, with the water.
Lots more paper towels to remove the water.
Lots more paper towels to dry the cubicle floor.
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