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.
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!