How far would you commute in normal clothes?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by clf, 17 Jan 2018.

  1. clf

    clf Senior Member

    Back on the bike soon after a couple of years having to drive, thinking of doing it in normal clothes when it's dry enough. Only 6 or 7 miles flat. Not getting changed will save another 20 minutes or so door to desk. Anyone else just wearing normal clothes?
  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Depends on the work you'd be doing when you arrived. You might waste more time than you save.

    Used to wear "normal clothes" when I was working outside and cycling to work. Spare set carried for the top half.
    Total of 250 miles a weekend.
  3. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    I've done twenty miles each way in normal clothes (SPD shoes don't count). Six or seven should be absolutely fine.
  4. 7+2 km (train journey between) in a suit, twice a day. Changed shoes when I got to work.

    Only thing was, one day I got caught in a downpour so heavy I realised that I would be no wetter if I fell in the river, so got one of these for those rare occasions.


    Edit: Doh! Kilometres, not miles! Fixed above.
    Last edited: 18 Jan 2018
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  5. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    My journey is 5 miles. I'll only commute in normal clothes on a training day (I'm a teacher) when i don't have to be dressed smartly.
    I often cycle home in normal clothes when i cba to get changed at the end of the day.
  6. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    I've ridden centuries in normal if casual clothes, but wouldn't want to ride as far in smarter clothes ;)
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  7. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    I’d sweat too much at any distance, can you shower there? I save time by rolling out of bed into my cycling kit, and do the morning routine once I arrive at work.
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  8. mustang1

    mustang1 Veteran

    London, UK
    I've ridden 10 miles in jeans. I find the jeans always get twisted around the crotch area so I have to keep getting off the saddle every few minutes to adjust things. I hate it.

    But that's on a race-geo bike. On more upright bikes, the problem is not as bad. But regardless, i dont particulary enjoy riding in jeans.
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  9. Joffey

    Joffey Über Member

    To the pub, which if I have to go to the cash point is 3 miles. Any further and I get a sweaty arse crack :laugh:
  10. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I'm much the same as @mustang1. My usual commute is around 25 miles in total, sometimes just a bit more depending on how I'm feeling and exact route. I rarely cycle in civvies but last summer I did cycle the 5 or 6 miles from my hotel to work on the canals in everyday clothes whilst working in Birmingham. I look forward to a hot shower and a change of clothes before starting work, I feel it just sets me up for the day, but a 6 mile easy cycle should be no problem.
  11. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

    The furthest I commute these days is about 4 or 5 miles each way - in civvies. Used to do a 8 or 9 mile each way commute, also in civvies and occasionally with a bit of a detour (taking it up to about 20 miles) on the way home. Once finished work and rode out northwards to friend's then onwards for the social ride to the pub and then onwards to a train station further northwards for the last train home, which totalled a very satisfying 100km - but I did put on some padded 3/4s under my jeans for that one. I do keep an eye on the weather and if lots of rain is looking likely I often stick a spare pair of trews and a clean t-shirt (and a towel to dry off the worst of it) in my pannier.
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  12. OP

    clf Senior Member

    Yeah, cycle kit there, normal clothes back is probably a good way to go, I do remember loving a shower after the ride into work.
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  13. rivers

    rivers Senior Member

    I only cycle 2-3 miles in normal clothes. But then again, most of my trousers are fairly baggy and tend to get wrapped up in the cranks if I'm not careful. My wife on the other hand, will happily spend all day in normal clothes , circa 30-50 miles. As others have said, what are the facilities like at work? How sweaty do you get, etc?
    Pat "5mph" and summerdays like this.
  14. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    If you go easy then 6-7 miles is fine. On my office commute I wore some polycotton hiking trousers and changed into my work trousers to save wear and tear and to cope better in damp conditions. You need spare dry socks.
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  15. Rooster1

    Rooster1 I was right about that saddle

    2 miles
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