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    National Ride your Bike to Work Day 5/17

    I live 20 miles from work, so daily commutes are not possible as I have to wear a suit and there is no shower at my office. However, this Friday is National Ride to Work Day. WE have casual Fridays so Was thinking about getting an early start and riding. Anyone else have a long trip like that and going to ride this Friday to work?

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    Where are you located?

    Its a pretty big deal in the DC area. I used to avoid it because of all the idiots who clogged up the bike path for their annual ride to work. Over the last few years, I've come to embrace it. Maybe I'm getting old and soft. I even got my first t-shirt last year.

    I've been riding from Vienna to DC for over 20 years. It's a 17 mile ride each way. You can ride 20 miles each way on Friday. I wear a suit and tie at work every day, but I have a shower and place in my office to keep clothes. You should bring some clothes in tomorrow and ride in on Friday. It's not going to be hot out in the AM. Take a shower before you leave, and wear clean shorts and jersey. Maybe have some wipes and a towel at work. You can always wet your hair in the bathroom. Perhaps you'll like it so much that you decide to do it every Friday this summer. It sure beats the hell out of taking the train or driving. At least in this rat race.

    There's a guy here on this board who rides to work everyday and doesn't have a shower available. It can be done.

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    My office is 4 miles from my house and I'm planning to ride to work on Friday.
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    I'm debating it. Work is only 11 miles away, but I have to be at work by 6AM and won't leave until 645PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaXbe View Post
    I live 20 miles from work, so daily commutes are not possible as I have to wear a suit and there is no shower at my office. However, this Friday is National Ride to Work Day. WE have casual Fridays so Was thinking about getting an early start and riding. Anyone else have a long trip like that and going to ride this Friday to work?
    I don't understand. What does a shower have to do with the type of clothing you wear? If you can ride to work on casual dress day, you can ride to work on suit day. I assume you'd do some sort of bathroom wash up either way. Or are you saying a suit can only go onto a showered body, and casual clothes can go on a dirty body?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    I don't understand. What does a shower have to do with the type of clothing you wear? If you can ride to work on casual dress day, you can ride to work on suit day. I assume you'd do some sort of bathroom wash up either way. Or are you saying a suit can only go onto a showered body, and casual clothes can go on a dirty body?
    You evidently work in a gas station

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    I would bring some sort of method to clean up. I live in Oklahoma. Humidity is high this time of year. It will be cool, about 60's or 70's at that time so I don't think it will be too bad. My other delimma is where to store my bike as I work at a Bank and we don't really have a place. Just really thinking out loud here. Wanting to see what others do as riding to work would be a great weekly thing.

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    ....I would like to incorporate commuting to work by bike also (on Fridays)... as I have a 26 mile commute... so I would like to drive half way and bike the rest....
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    That is a good idea. Is your one way 26 miles or round trip 26 miles? I have aperfect place to park half-way. Thanks for the IDEA!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaXbe View Post
    I would bring some sort of method to clean up. I live in Oklahoma. Humidity is high this time of year. It will be cool, about 60's or 70's at that time so I don't think it will be too bad. My other delimma is where to store my bike as I work at a Bank and we don't really have a place. Just really thinking out loud here. Wanting to see what others do as riding to work would be a great weekly thing.
    Can you lock it up outside somewhere? Ideally in a place where you can see it? Would your boss let you bring it inside? If its a high rise situation with a parking garage -- a lot of those have places to lock up bikes.

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    Actually we are pretty rural. I live in a small town (1,200 population) and commute to A larger town (30,000 population). We are located at the edge of town so just an outdoor parking lot. We do have a large supply closet upstairs, so I can probably just put it in there. Now I am ready for Friday to get here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaXbe View Post
    I would bring some sort of method to clean up. I live in Oklahoma. Humidity is high this time of year. It will be cool, about 60's or 70's at that time so I don't think it will be too bad. My other delimma is where to store my bike as I work at a Bank and we don't really have a place. Just really thinking out loud here. Wanting to see what others do as riding to work would be a great weekly thing.
    I have an upright bike and the commute is only 3 or so miles so I can go really slow (so as not to sweat) and just wear the suite on the ride. Probably not an option for 20 miles in Oklahoma humidity though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    You evidently work in a gas station
    Nope. Work in an office. Wear office attire. Have a 17mi commute. And prep my body afterwards the same whether I'm wearing a suit, or jeans and a T shirt. Personally, I wouldn't want B.O. either way so don't see the bearing clothes have on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaXbe View Post
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    That is a good idea. Is your one way 26 miles or round trip 26 miles? I have aperfect place to park half-way. Thanks for the IDEA!!!!
    It's 26 miles one way.... with crazy climbs in the first 10 miles.....
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    Wow, I guess my calendar is really screwed up. I thought the date was June 26th.

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    I would love to ride my bike to work but I live in Florida...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEK View Post
    I would love to ride my bike to work but I live in Florida...
    So do I. I rode in today to the heart of number 3 on the list, Jacksonville. It can be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxattax View Post
    So do I. I rode in today to the heart of number 3 on the list, Jacksonville. It can be done.
    I despised cycling in Jacksonville. Mayport Rd by the NEX was the worst. Drivers would see me coming, but they'd still pull out in front of me too late.

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    tlg:

    I agree, wouldn't want the BO either, so the reason for my question for those who do it. I am not a sweater so even after my 15 mile morning ride I usually have not perspired much. The first ten miles of my ride will be some pretty good hills and then the last ten will be hills but not near the difficulty. I talked to our HR department and they are going to make this part of our bank wide wellness program.

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    Some people do have awful BO.. I am not saying that "wannXbe" is stinky.. ok.

    Seriously.. I have co-worker here who goes out for lunch time and for an hour walk daily. My goodness sake, she.. well actually there 2 are women.. they stinks so badly. And one of them sits by the IT room doorway. So that's the aroma that hits people, the minute you step inside the room. And our company does not have showers.

    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    I don't understand. What does a shower have to do with the type of clothing you wear? If you can ride to work on casual dress day, you can ride to work on suit day. I assume you'd do some sort of bathroom wash up either way. Or are you saying a suit can only go onto a showered body, and casual clothes can go on a dirty body?
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    Hey WannaXbe, I will pass you heading North. I will give the Harley Biker wave on the way by!

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    bhillin, it will seen kind of funny going opposite directions rather than our usual early morning ride.

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    I commute 4-5 days per week with 36 miles round trip. I work in an engineering office and am not required to wear a suit. We have showers, and a storage room for bikes. Today it was 61 degrees F when I left to ride into work. Life is good.

    I have Friday off so I won't be riding to work that day. Life gets better...
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    One day left. Wish I could have rode today but we were blessed with rain so won't complain too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaXbe View Post
    One day left. Wish I could have rode today but we were blessed with rain so won't complain too much.
    At least the rain came today instead of tomorrow.

    Good luck with your commute. Its something that I've really come to enjoy over the years. Probably the most productive thing I've accomplished at work.

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