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Summer Bike Commuting Tips

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Make a Sink Bathing Kit

Packing the right toiletries is crucial when you’re bike commuting. Here’s what I carried in my sink bathing kit:

  • 2 wash cloths – one for soaping, one for wiping the soap away
  • Soap – If you aren’t OK using the hand soap in the bathroom, pack your own in a small container. I like Dr. Bronner’s liquid tea tree soap, because the tea tree is cooling.
  • Deodorant
  • Body spray – This spray was a lifesaver, and I’ll share the recipe below. The alcohol helps your body cool, and the essential oils help you smell better!

Use the wash cloths and soap to clean your face, pits, and anywhere else that you’re feeling particularly grimy. Remember, one wash cloth is for soap and the other is for water. You don’t want to walk around all day with soap residue on your skin. It’s not comfortable.

After you wash, put on deodorant and spritz your neck and pits with the body spray (recipe below).

Post-Cycling Body Spray Recipe

In a 1 ounce spray bottle, add 10-15 drops of lavender and tea tree essential oils. Top the bottle off with rubbing alcohol or grain alcohol. Spray on liberally after your ride.

The right gear can also make your summer bike commute a lot more pleasant. Check out my summer gear list 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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