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Summer Bike Commuting Tips

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Summer Bike Commuting Tips

Summers can be challenging for bike commuting, but don’t let the heat ruin your bike commute!

If your office does have a gym – either in the building or somewhere nearby – I’d highly recommend looking into a month-to-month membership over the summer. Some gyms even offer “shower memberships” for folks who like to exercise outside but need a place to shower and change for work.

Back when I was bike commuting I had to ditch my gym membership to save some cash, and as summer approached I was afraid it would mean the end of riding into work. Atlanta can serve up a doozy of a summer, and even the morning temperatures here can get up into the 90s in the thick of it. During the two summers that I was biking to work with no shower access, I learned a few simple tricks that helped me transform from sweaty cyclist to office casual on even the hottest days.

Own It

Since you’re probably going to sweat a lot more, it’s best to wear light clothes while you’re riding and change into your work clothes when you get to the office.

If you’re not cleaning up at a gym, you’re going to have to walk in wearing your bike clothes, and beeline to the bathroom. I’ll be honest: this felt a little bit weird at first. After a while, though, my coworkers got used to seeing me walk in with my bike gear.

In fact, after a while coworkers got so curious about bike commuting that they would come and ask me questions about cycling and about bike commuting. It became a great chance to educate folks about the joys of bike commuting who might never have considered it before!

Once you get to work, you’ll need to get ready for your day. Check out the simple DIY sink bathing kit on the next page!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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1:51AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Thanks for the informative article.

11:13PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Kudos to No B

11:12PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Kudos to No B

5:33PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Great ideas but I like to minimize what I carry with me. I used to bring everything but the kitchen sink when I first started commuting and that got old. I'm fortunate that my commute is only 3 miles each way and I just ride in my work clothes (dresses/skirts in the summer). Doesn't take long to cool and dry off in the a/c of the office. I just try to avoid polyester cloths when the temps are in the 80s/90s.

11:41AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Thanks Becky for sharing your tips and interesting thoughts on bike commuting.

3:01AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

thanks for sharing

2:43AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

I just now received my free product sample from name brand companies, quite a few of them from "Official Samples" online

7:24PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

This was also helpful to those of us who walk long distances to work. Thank you!

6:49PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

I'm training to cycle in the world solar challenge. Too start with I'm cycling 50 kilometres per day until I get my greenspeed GTE 20/20 expedition trike then I well be hitting my cycle training ground from Uluru to alice spring to build up too 500 kilometres per day

6:22PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012


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