If you feel like cycling to work, but leave the idea aside whenever you remember that there is no changing room or shower, these tips are for you. Willian Cruz, from the blog Vá de Bike, and Guga Machado, from Eu Vou de Bike, listed some simple solutions to adopt the bicycle as a means of transportation-even when you can not take a shower before work.
Pedal slow: If you pedal fast, you will arrive as if you have run. Stepping slower, you will arrive as if you have walked.
Make stops: When you realize that you are sweating more than you like, stop in the shade for a few minutes. Drink some water, take a deep breath. Realizing that perspiration has subsided, recompose and proceed.
Refrigerate: Take cold water, even on cold days. It’s your air-conditioning from the inside out.
Use a luggage rack: Carrying the backpack on your back makes you sweat much more. Install a luggage rack on the bike, securely hold the backpack on it and find the difference.You will no longer want to take her in the back.
Bath before: If possible, take a shower before pedaling. Helps not to odor when perspiring.
Antiperspirant: Always use an antiperspirant before and after pedaling.
Armpits: Wipe them with a moist handkerchief or a damp towel (which may even be paper). Dry and pass the antiperspirant.
Hair: If you have very short hair, you can wash them in the sink too. Neither need shampoo, water in abundance already solves. The water bottle breaks a gallon at that hour. Put your head on top of the sink and throw water over it.
Towel: Bring a face towel. Dry with it what you have washed (face, underarms, hair) and then use the damp towel to wipe the rest of the body.
Playground: Wipe the genital area with moist wipes.
Clothes: Carry a complete change of clothes in the backpack and change into the bathroom. It is important to carry mainly other underwear and another pair of socks.
Bermuda: We recommend riding a pair of shorts so that your pants do not get stuck in the chain or the spokes of the wheels. If time does not allow, fasten the trouser bar to the leg with a velcro or roll it up to the knee.
Bags: Take plastic bags to pack dirty clothes. Also keep the clean clothes inside a plastic bag, so if it rains in the middle of the way, they will remain dry.
Social clothing: Do you need a shirt that can be kneaded? Fold it and place it inside a high plastic folder, the ones used in offices. Put the folder in the backpack or in the luggage compartment. Shopkeepers use a trick of folding the shirt around a piece of paper or cardboard, which also works very well. A social trousers can go inside the same folder, with the shirt around it so as not to have fold marks. The jacket can be left in the company, or placed in a saddlebag attached to the luggage rack.
Perfume: You can give a scent after cleaning, but do not overdo it so you will not think you’re trying to mask some sweat scent.
Hours: If the weather in your city is very hot, try to get out in the early hours of the day, when the temperature is milder, even if you arrive early at your place of work.
Workday: Since, in general, the bicycle is faster than the car, renegotiate its schedule.Propose to arrive and leave early. From our experience, this negotiation tends to please both sides.
Path: If your path has many climbs, it is preferable that you study an alternate path, even if it means an increase in your path. Raises tend to force us much more, causing sweat and eventual discomfort throughout the day.
Continue pedaling: As our physical conditioning improves, the tendency is to “neither feel” the pedaling anymore, and it is only necessary, when you arrive at work, to wash your face and hands, wiping themselves in the bathroom with sheets of paper.
So, can I ride?