This question was asked in the comments of our post about how awesome walking commutes can be:
I live about six miles from work and I really really want to bike. I mean, it wouldn’t take much longer to bike than it would to drive that distance.
The trouble is that there is no shower at my office — so I would have to work stinky all day… and that’s not really going to fly.
Does anybody have no-shower solutions, post-biking to work? -Casey
In the comments section, some Offbeat Homies had great advice to offer. We thought we’d feature their suggestions, and give you a space to leave your own…
Homie Cass said:
My husband has had a bike commute for the last few years, without a good showering option, and these are his tricks:
- Take a leisurely pace while you bike ride. It’s not a race to get to work, plan to take extra time, and avoid getting too sweaty.
- Bring a change of clothes (and keep makeup in your desk). Wear sporting gear for your ride, and then change into your work wear in the bathroom or your office at work.
- Deodorant/anti-antiperspirant and talc powder/baby powder. The deodorant will keep you from sweating in the first place, and the talc will help absorb sweat to keep you fresher.
Offbeat Homie stealmystapler had this to say:
Depending on the terrain, your six miles shouldn’t be too bad. You might be surprised how non-sweaty you are. Taking it slow/remembering it is not a race definitely helps. When I biked to my last job, I just wore my work clothes for the day. (I worked with archaeologists, so there admittedly wasn’t much of a dress code.) In summer, jersey-material skirts were my favorite for biking. I’d get to work, wash my face and do my hair. The Mr. MoneyMustache forums are a great place for bike commute tips — there’s a strong contingent there.
The other tip I can offer? Just go do your commute ride on a weekend day. You’ll get an idea of the ride, what to look out for when there’s (likely) less traffic, and you won’t be in a rush. And you’ll get the first ride out of the way. I find that anything is less scary once you’ve done it once!
And Alissa added, “Also, dry shampoo!” So, what are your non-stinky, bike-riding tips?