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How far would you commute in normal clothes?

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

  1. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Veteran

    Location:
    Devon & Die
    As it takes me all of about three minutes to put on the cycling gear and two minutes to take it off and change into work clothes at work, I never cycle the four miles to work in anything but proper cycling gear. My other work involves wearing a dress suit for concerts, so that gets taken in a rucksack and donned at the venue. The only time I've worn it for riding was for a fancy dress time trial, (and it was neither the most comfortable nor the most aero outfit I've ever worn - though the hand-tied bow tie was appreciated).

     
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  2. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    Location:
    Knaresborough
    I assume you carry your trumpet in a gig bag on your back. What make do you have?
     
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  3. gaijintendo

    gaijintendo Über Member

    Location:
    Scotchland
    Am I the only person who wears his cycling kit all day at work?

    I keep a Normal Person Disguise or two at work and keep them fresh for meetings with external people - I might stick a pullover on if it's a bit cold or I am in a podgy phase (current state). When I'm out of shape, I would permanently shower and wear the NPD.

    In previous jobs... I had to wear... Shirts!
     
  4. 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.
     
  5. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Veteran

    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.

     
  6. 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?
     
  7. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Veteran

    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)!
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Veteran

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

    briantrumpet Veteran

    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...

     
  11. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Well-Known 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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  12. 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.
     
  13. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    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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  14. 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.
     
  15. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

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