Work Clothes?

Craiigman

Regular
I am currently working in a bank, meaning I have to wear a shirt and trousers to work each day (other than Friday, we get a dress down on Fridays). But as I am sure most of you are aware that shirts because extremely creased very easily. If I wear them while riding then they will become sweaty and horrible. If I put them in my bag they will become creased and will look very unprofessional.

My ride is only about 3 miles and to work it's all down hill. But I still sweat. There are shower facilities at my work but I don't sweat enough to have to use them. Coming home is a different story.

So I was wondering what you guys do with work shirts? I guess I could find a place to keep them at work, but then there is an issue of getting them there in the first place.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
I fold my shirts, in the pannier they go tucked between lunchbox and rigid pannier back. No probs.
 

wiggydiggy

Veteran
Wear work stuff every day, shirt untooked and you dont sweat that much. I work with people that drive that smell worse anyway:tongue:
 

BlackPanther

Hyper-Fast Recumbent Riding Member.
Location
Doncaster.
On the odd occasion that I go out straight from work, I just roll my clothes in to a cylindrical shape, socks in the middle, then shirt, then trousers. Then place in a carrier bag, wrap the bag tightly, and place in pannier. No creases whatsoever.
 
google for shirt shuttle.

jobs a good un
I got given one for Christmas. Its crap. Big, bulky and it doesn't stop the creases. You can have it if you want as I don't use it.

As for the OP, since its only 3 miles and downhill, wear you work clothes but just cycle more slowly so you don't sweat
 

PedalCat

I like sandwiches
I take my work shirt in my rucksack. It works well. Remember, sweat doesn't stink; it's the waste from the bacteria that feed on it, i believe.
Surely if it's downhill to work, you could pedal very casually and minimise sweat.
 

Berties

Fast and careful!
leave my work gear at work and get a laundry company to collect once a week so they can starch and press,put clean pants and socks in a plastic bag,daily,put in rear pocket of jersey,business pays for it ,works well for me
 

Nebulous

Veteran
Location
Aberdeen
I've struggled with this a bit as well and there aren't any definite answers - but some things that do help.My previous job was 2 miles uphill. I wore my work trousers and a t-shirt. Shirt was carried in a backpack rolled up as others have said. When I got to work I waited 10 minutes or so for the sweating to stop then had a wash and put on my shirt. Most of my sweating seems to come from my head and top end!

I'm now only slightly over a mile from work with a flatter route and I tend to cycle in my shirt sleeves, trying not to push it. Rain is a pain though, as I still sweat with a jacket on- so much so that I've occasionally resorted to walking with an umbrella rather than cycling.

In your situation with good facilities I would consider going for a training ride before work and then showering and changing at work. Not necessarily every day, but its a good way to start the day fresh and envigorated.
 

defy-one

Guest
I'm in shirt trousers all day, with no place to wash etc. I tend to sweat more on the train in/out of Paddington than I do on the bike in Central London. I keep a steady pace and free wheel where ever possible. A mile from customers destination I either stop for 5 mins or literally go at a snails place, so any sweat dries.
A quick blast of deodorant whilst locking up the bike and I'm ready to go. Luckily most of my work is in cold computer rooms, so I don't smell etc.
 
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