How far would you commute in normal clothes?

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

  1. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Depends on the job, the distance, the weather, your pace and your bodily reactions to heat.
    I'm an engineer so public contact /working in a close environment doesn' happen for me so no problem there.
    3 miles each way daily years ago, this last year i did occasional 14 mile commutes each way, still no real problem, yes i sweat but am one of those lucky people who dont smell...as far as I know.
    At 14 miles I take the pace down a notch or two, enjoy it but dont' push and sweat like a pig.

    So I sweat a bit but don't smell, my I can work in the clothes I've commuted in and pace myself to arrive as fresh as is reasonably possible.

    And there' nothing better than those summer afternoon s when you'e looking forward to home time...and enjoying those miles home in the sun.
     
  2. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Guru

    Location:
    Devon & Die
    Yes - it's not elegant, but I can carry on my back my dress suit, shoes, music stand and three trumpets. Makes... various - the main ones are Olds, Vincent Bach, and Selmer.

     
  3. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Location:
    Knaresborough
    That's a lovely collection. Sorry, I wasn't clear, I meant what make of gig bag do you have?
     
  4. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Guru

    Location:
    Devon & Die
    Tom & Will for single, Brass Bags (trumpet & flugel version, though it'll take three trumpets at a push) for multiple. The Brass Bags is a piece of genius for its use of space. I'd not put it in an aircraft hold, but it's well-enough padded for most other times.

    I've actually got quite a few more trumpets than that (including a rather lovely Olds Recording from 1960)!
     
  5. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Location:
    Knaresborough
    I have a Tom and Will - very frayed and in need of replacement which was why I was asking. I only play cornet these days so so only need a single.
    My son's main trumpet is a Bach Strad 72 Vindabona - a lovely instrument.
     
  6. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Guru

    Location:
    Devon & Die
    PM'd - we're rather straying from the OT!
     
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  7. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Guru

    Location:
    Devon & Die
    Just to drag this slightly back to the OT - my one-time work clothes weren't much better than the dress suit. Doing a TT in wellies wasn't the greatest decision ever...

     
  8. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Über Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    I commute 7.5 miles each way as often as I can. Originally I would just wear my suit trousers and take a change of top - this worked fine until about 6 months in I realised I'd worn a shiny saddle-shaped patch into my suit trousers. One new pair of suit trousers later I decided to buy a pair of trousers to wear on the commute and get changed at work. This has worked really well and I wouldn't go back :okay:

    The trousers I wear to work now are Trespass DLX Stretchy jobbies and the fit/cut is very well suited for cycling including drawstrings around the ankles. They were on sale but I think they're eye-wateringly expensive otherwise - I hope the arse doesnt wear through too quickly :laugh:

    Edit to say these are the ones: https://www.trespass.com/canyon-mens-dlx-walking-trousers
     
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  9. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Location:
    Nr Cambridge
    I wouldn't want to work along side some who rode to and from work in their work clothes and didn't change. Gross and yuk.
     
  10. mjr

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

    I'd prefer a well ventilated cyclist to a motorist who's spent a half hour or more sweating into a car seat in summer!
     
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  11. Twenty miles, to work and back of a Saturday, but I was working outside, with busses as my only company. The bike ride did remove some of the smell of internal combustion from me before I got to the restaurant (fast food) where I met Mrs. GA after. I wouldn't be very comfortable going much further, cycling pants have flat seams for a reason.
     
  12. mjr

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

    Are there active-work trousers without flat seams? That seems(!) :crazy:
     
  13. mjr

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

    By the way, this week I have mostly been cycling in fleece-lined trousers, merino socks, army-pattern boots, T-shirt, flannel shirt, impermeable coat, thermal gloves, balaclava and beanie. Also been walking in it and to a meeting and a medical appointment. Is it normal or not? No cycling-specifics but definitely tending to cold-outdoors-ready. I didn't even mind much that the doctor's door was still locked when I arrived, while a motorist had to go back to sit in their car to wait :laugh:
     
  14. Dan B

    Dan B Disengaged member

    I will be doubly impressed if you tell me you managed to attach cleats to them without destroying their waterproofness
     
  15. mjr

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

    I understand it's possible if you basically melt the welly onto a plastic pipe over the SPD's bolts and seal the head onto the pipe before replacing the insole.

    I think this May might be our fourth annual welly ride from King's Lynn's Lynnsport to the Hunstanton lifeboat station. Probably Sat 5th May. Come up, make a long weekend of it: have a day off the bike on the Sunday (there'll be plenty of events on around the fens) and then do the Reach Ride from Cambridge on the Monday 7th.
     
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