Do I need a Shower?

Riding a bike is exercise and that means we all start to sweat. Some of us sweat a lot and some of sweat less. So what are some potential strategies to make it through the day without stinking up your workmates when you ride your bike to work? Here are some things that I recommend:

  • Ride in riding clothes and bring your work clothes in your bag and then change into clean clothes.
  • Dress light enough on the way to work to limit the amount of sweat build up. I like to start out in the morning dressed such that taking off I am already a little cold. As you ride you warm up quickly. When it is warm the air flows around my body pretty well and the sweat evaporates very quickly. Obviously, this becomes trickier the colder it gets. During winter, this heat stays built up on your body and you can start to overheat and sweat much more.
  • Armpit deodorant and a damp rag to wipe off the sweat. If you sweat a bit more, this allows you to remove a large amount of the sweat and then apply a masking deodorant so you can smell fine for the work day.
  • Showering at work. If your work provides a shower, then this is a great option. You can clean yourself up and be ready for work better than if you had driven to work.
  • Sink shower – use a damp washcloth from home with a bit of soap and clean the areas that cause stink – face, under the arms, and between the legs. I recommend in that order because the other direction is disgusting. Once you have cleaned up, then dry off and you are good to go.

These tips work great for getting you to work without getting comments from your workmates. Returning home generally means that it is warmer, and I have a shower waiting if needed.

I hope the above mentioned strategies allow you to get on your bike and enjoy the freedom from the daily traffic jam, known as morning rush hour.

Let me know if you have any other strategies for combating body order when riding your bike.

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