That's often a truly fundamental issue about commuting by bicycle. If your expected commute covers more than a few miles, or if you are a cyclist who just will not take an easy ride, you'll find it important to have a shower when you clip out from your commute. Here's what you need to plan for—or at least what a guy would need to plan for. (I'm pretty much removed from knowing exactly the typical woman's needs for a refreshed feeling after a bike ride.)
You'll need three kits of cycling clothes.
- One kit to wear to work, wash, and let dry.
- A second kit that is waiting at work, cleaned and dry, which you can wear on the ride home, to then wash and let dry.
- A third kit waiting at home, cleaned and dry, which then becomes "Kit One."
- A skinsuit (or jersey and bibshorts)
- Cycling gloves
Cold weather may mean at least these additional items.
- Two pairs of Lycra tights
- Two pairs of quilted tights
- Two pairs of quilted gloves
Make sure you have
- Two or three helmets, enough to allow cleaning and drying between rides
- One or two pairs of impact-resistant glasses with dark, clear, and yellow lenses
- A bike chain or coiled cable with a lock
- Personal identification with Medical Power of Attorney information
Make sure the under-saddle pack is filled with these essentials.
- 1 tube
- 3 tire irons
- Patch kit
- 2 CO2 cartridges (or a frame pump
- Multi-size hex wrench set
- $1 in change
- $5 bill
At the workplace, you'll need these items in your shaving kit.
- Shorts & jersey cleanser
- Facial scrub
- Body wash or bar of soap
- Shaving cream
- Baby oil or moisturizer
- A+D cream
- Baby powder
- Tube of antifungal cream
If you don't have a locker or storage at work, you'll need to pack this minimum to go with each commute.
- 1 pr jeans
- 1 shirt
- 1 pr socks
- 1 pr shoes
- 1 pr underwear
- Jacket at work for lunches out with coworkers
Look forward to a later note on how to prepare for actually biking the commute.