No shower at work!!!

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  1. Krasmus572

    Krasmus572 Guest

    I want to start riding my bike to work.

    12,5 miles each way.

    There is no shower at work.

    Any one in a simular situation?

    How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?

    Thanks in advance for all replies.
     
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  2. Mike S.

    Mike S. Guest

    "KRasmus572" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I want to start riding my bike to work.
    >
    > 12,5 miles each way.
    >
    > There is no shower at work.
    >
    > Any one in a simular situation?
    >
    > How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for all replies.

    Yup, both, either. Dr. Bronners in the sink worked very well for me when I was riding back and forth
    to work without a shower.

    If you go easy enough, you shouldn't really need a shower. Save the hard ride for the trip home! Use
    the trip in to relax, enjoy yourself, get motivated, etc. I was a much happier after riding to work.

    Mike
     
  3. Slider2699

    Slider2699 Guest

    "KRasmus572" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I want to start riding my bike to work.
    >
    > 12,5 miles each way.
    >
    > There is no shower at work.
    >
    > Any one in a simular situation?
    >
    > How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for all replies.

    I have a 20 mile commute in hot, humid Florida. My businessplace also has no shower, so I had to
    find something or stink all day. Immediately after I arrive, I strip off my bike clothes in the
    bathroom and towel off. I then use Old Spice Cool Contact cloths to freshen up. I wear my hair in a
    buzzcut, so I don't have that to worry about. As long as you clean up ASAP you really don't have a
    problem, IMHO.
     
  4. Rich Clark

    Rich Clark Guest

    "KRasmus572" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I want to start riding my bike to work.
    >
    > 12,5 miles each way.
    >
    > There is no shower at work.
    >
    > Any one in a simular situation?
    >
    > How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for all replies.

    Shower at home before you leave. Cool down as you approach destination and/or after arrival. Baby
    wipes work very well; I also use rubbing alcohol sometimes, which is very refreshing. Key is to be
    done sweating before you dress in your work clothes.

    There *is* a shower where I work. I've never needed to use it.

    RichC
     
  5. Bernie

    Bernie Guest

    KRasmus572 wrote:

    > I want to start riding my bike to work.
    >
    > 12,5 miles each way.
    >
    > There is no shower at work.
    >
    > Any one in a simular situation?
    >
    > How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for all replies.

    You're only going to really stink if you do not bathe regularly. If you start your day with a
    shower, your sweat won't have time to stink. You're only going to be there for 8 or 9 hours
    (hopefully). I change in the washroom, do a rubdown with a smallish handtowel, get dressed and get
    to my work. A wash and wear haircut is perfectly suited to this kind of lifestyle. Bring a change of
    clothes a couple of times a week (depending on real world demands...) and you are good. Spring has
    sprung, enjoy the ride!
    :)
    Best regards, Bernie
     
  6. Steve Vallee

    Steve Vallee Guest

    Exactly the reason why I'm looking at electric motors for my bike. I found a good one:
    http://www.allwebscooters.com/ebike_kit.asp

    However, it's very expensive ~$400!

    -Steve

    "KRasmus572" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > I want to start riding my bike to work.
    >
    > 12,5 miles each way.
    >
    > There is no shower at work.
    >
    > Any one in a simular situation?
    >
    > How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for all replies.
     
  7. Matt O'Toole

    Matt O'Toole Guest

  8. Matt O'Toole

    Matt O'Toole Guest

    "Bernie" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...

    > You're only going to really stink if you do not bathe
    regularly. If you
    > start your day with a shower, your sweat won't have time
    to stink.
    > You're only going to be there for 8 or 9 hours
    (hopefully).

    I agree with this. Simple sweat, which dries off leaving nothing but salt, really doesn't make you
    smell. If you start out clean you won't have a problem.

    As someone else mentioned, rubbing alcohol is great for cleaning up -- it kills germs that could
    cause odors. It does tend to dry out the skin, though. I've used it a lot on
    climbing/camping/sailing trips, when it's not possible to bathe for several days.

    Just allow yourself enough time to cool down and stop sweating -- this can take awhile in hot, humid
    climates, especially after a hard ride -- sometimes 15 minutes or more. Then wipe down with baby
    wipes or alcohol, and you're good to go.

    Matt O.
     
  9. Eric Babula

    Eric Babula Guest

    [email protected] (KRasmus572) wrote in news:[email protected]:

    > I want to start riding my bike to work.
    >
    > 12,5 miles each way.
    >
    > There is no shower at work.
    >
    > Any one in a simular situation?
    >
    > How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for all replies.

    I don't have a shower at work, either. I shower every morning at home. When I get to work, I make
    sure I cool down, first - maybe sit and read my email and do a couple other tasks, for about 1/2
    hour (I get in at
    5:30am, so no one else is around). Then, I change, and use Old Spice Cool Contact wipes to freshen
    up those sweaty areas. A little more deoderant, and a quick once-over with a brush and some hair
    spray for my helmet-hair, and I'm good to go!

    Good luck, and keep riding!!!

    --
    Smile!!

    __O _-\ <,_ Eric Babula (_) / (_) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
     
  10. Robin Hubert

    Robin Hubert Guest

    Good old hillbilly bath: wash yourself with a wash cloth, bar of soap, and a sink.

    --
    Robin Hubert <[email protected]>

    "KRasmus572" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > I want to start riding my bike to work.
    >
    > 12,5 miles each way.
    >
    > There is no shower at work.
    >
    > Any one in a simular situation?
    >
    > How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for all replies.
     
  11. Steve Vallee

    Steve Vallee Guest

    Baby wipes? You'll smell like you just changed your diaper. I'd get some kind of wipes that smell
    different, or rinse out the baby wipes, then soak them in alcohol in a zip loc bag.

    "Matt O'Toole" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:ID7na.18[email protected]...
    >
    > "Bernie" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    > > You're only going to really stink if you do not bathe
    > regularly. If you
    > > start your day with a shower, your sweat won't have time
    > to stink.
    > > You're only going to be there for 8 or 9 hours
    > (hopefully).
    >
    > I agree with this. Simple sweat, which dries off leaving nothing but salt, really doesn't make you
    > smell. If you start out clean you won't have a problem.
    >
    > As someone else mentioned, rubbing alcohol is great for cleaning up -- it kills germs that could
    > cause odors. It does tend to dry out the skin, though. I've used it a lot on
    > climbing/camping/sailing trips, when it's not possible to bathe for several days.
    >
    > Just allow yourself enough time to cool down and stop sweating -- this can take awhile in hot,
    > humid climates, especially after a hard ride -- sometimes 15 minutes or more. Then wipe down with
    > baby wipes or alcohol, and you're good to go.
    >
    > Matt O.
     
  12. Rich Clark

    Rich Clark Guest

    "Steve Vallee" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Baby wipes? You'll smell like you just changed your diaper. I'd get some kind of wipes that smell
    > different, or rinse out the baby wipes, then soak them in alcohol in a zip loc bag.

    Spoken like somebody who doesn't hesitate to have an opinion about something he knows nothing about.

    You buy the unscented ones.

    RichC
     
  13. Buck

    Buck Guest

    "KRasmus572" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?

    I don't know what is wrong with these folks. I live in an area that is as hot and humid as it gets
    in the summer and I never have to shower after my ride in, despite being dripping wet. Maybe it is
    because all I drink on those rides is water. It's not like you will be losing a ton of electrolytes
    in an hour-long ride. I'd just get to my destination, sit in front of a fan to cool off for ten
    minutes, then change my clothes and get to work! Just so you know that it isn't my lacking of a
    sense of smell - I work with a number of women who have commented that they can't understand how I
    can come in all sweaty and not smell bad all day!

    Watch what you drink in the morning, take the time to cool down and you should be fine. The smell is
    caused by bacterial growth. If your clothes are clean, your body is clean, and there aren't a lot of
    nutrients in your sweat for bacteria to feed on, you should be odor-free for the day.

    -Buck
     
  14. Archer

    Archer Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, "Buck" <j u n k m a i l @ g a l a x y c o r p . c o
    m> says...

    ...

    > Watch what you drink in the morning, take the time to cool down and you should be fine. The smell
    > is caused by bacterial growth. If your clothes are clean, your body is clean, and there aren't a
    > lot of nutrients in your sweat for bacteria to feed on, you should be odor-free for the day.

    People vary enormously in this; some stink within a few hours after coming out of the shower just
    sitting in front of the TV, others can sweat like a pig, and don't stink at all. You are obviously
    one of the latter. I'm somewhere in between; if I let the sweat dry instead of wiping it off, I get
    a little smelly, but generally not enough to gross everyone out. Clean clothes are vital, though, as
    you point out.

    --
    David Kerber An optimist says "Good morning, Lord." While a pessimist says "Good Lord,
    it's morning".

    Remove the ns_ from the address before e-mailing.
     
  15. In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    >
    >I want to start riding my bike to work.
    >
    >12,5 miles each way.
    >
    >There is no shower at work.
    >
    >Any one in a simular situation?
    >
    >How do you "freshen up", baby wipes, washcloth in sink...?

    I have a really short commute, but when I did longer rides I would just freshen up in the bathroom
    sink. Bring a couple of towels and you can wash and rinse yourself off. It's not a shower, but it is
    pretty close. You can keep a bar of soap and deodorant in your desk.
    -----------------
    Alex __O _-\<,_ (_)/ (_)
     
  16. Steve V

    Steve V Guest

    "Rich Clark" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Steve Vallee" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > Baby wipes? You'll smell like you just changed your diaper. I'd get some kind of wipes that
    > > smell different, or rinse out the baby wipes, then soak them in alcohol in a zip loc bag.
    >
    > Spoken like somebody who doesn't hesitate to have an opinion about something he knows
    > nothing about.
    >
    > You buy the unscented ones.
    >
    > RichC

    Spoken like somebody who thinks he knows everything. I've had several years of experience with baby
    wipes. I've had to use them in a pinch to clean my own hands/arms after fixing the car AND changing
    diapers. All I know is that my hands smell a bit too "baby fresh" after using them.

    You go right ahead and bathe with the wipes, Baby Huey.

    SV
     
  17. archer wrote:
    >
    > > Watch what you drink in the morning, take the time to cool down and you should be fine. The
    > > smell is caused by bacterial growth. If your clothes are clean, your body is clean, and there
    > > aren't a lot of nutrients in your sweat for bacteria to feed on, you should be odor-free for
    > > the day.
    >
    > People vary enormously in this; some stink within a few hours after coming out of the shower just
    > sitting in front of the TV, others can sweat like a pig, and don't stink at all. You are obviously
    > one of the latter. I'm somewhere in between; if I let the sweat dry instead of wiping it off, I
    > get a little smelly, but generally not enough to gross everyone out. Clean clothes are vital,
    > though, as you point out.

    People vary enormously in this, because people vary enormously in the strains of bacteria living on
    their bodies.

    I once, briefly, had a problem with this. I spoke to my doctor. He pointed me toward some
    anti-bacterial soap, I used it as directed (and, as directed, replaced all undershirts with new ones
    to prevent re-colonization) and the problem went away.

    Listerine antiseptic also does the same trick.

    --
    Frank Krygowski [email protected]
     
  18. Archer

    Archer Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...

    ...

    > > People vary enormously in this; some stink within a few hours after coming out of the shower
    > > just sitting in front of the TV, others can sweat like a pig, and don't stink at all. You are
    > > obviously one of the latter. I'm somewhere in between; if I let the sweat dry instead of wiping
    > > it off, I get a little smelly, but generally not enough to gross everyone out. Clean clothes are
    > > vital, though, as you point out.
    >
    > People vary enormously in this, because people vary enormously in the strains of bacteria living
    > on their bodies.
    >
    > I once, briefly, had a problem with this. I spoke to my doctor. He pointed me toward some
    > anti-bacterial soap, I used it as directed (and, as directed, replaced all undershirts with new
    > ones to prevent re-colonization) and the problem went away.
    >
    > Listerine antiseptic also does the same trick.

    That's a new one on me!

    --
    David Kerber An optimist says "Good morning, Lord." While a pessimist says "Good Lord,
    it's morning".

    Remove the ns_ from the address before e-mailing.
     
  19. Rich Clark

    Rich Clark Guest

    "Steve V" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Rich Clark" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > > "Steve Vallee" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > > Baby wipes? You'll smell like you just changed your diaper. I'd get
    some
    > > > kind of wipes that smell different, or rinse out the baby wipes, then
    soak
    > > > them in alcohol in a zip loc bag.
    > >
    > > Spoken like somebody who doesn't hesitate to have an opinion about
    something
    > > he knows nothing about.
    > >
    > > You buy the unscented ones.
    > >
    > > RichC
    >
    >
    > Spoken like somebody who thinks he knows everything. I've had several years of experience with
    > baby wipes. I've had to use them in a pinch to clean my own hands/arms after fixing the car AND
    > changing diapers. All I know is that my hands smell a bit too "baby fresh" after using them.

    If your hands smell after using unscented wipes, it's not the wipes.

    RichC
     
  20. Matt O'Toole

    Matt O'Toole Guest

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