With the economy remaining somewhat stagnant and gas prices continuously on the rise, people are hanging up their car keys and taking to their bikes to get to work. Unlike cars, bikes do not protect us from the elements as we ride to work. In fact, biking to work will get you sweaty, cold, and in dire need of a change of clothes once you get to the office. I have been an avid bike commuter for years now and have learned many lessons along the way about how to prepare for even the most treacherous of rides, and more importantly, how to look great for your work day. Looking good at the office takes more than a great suit. How you feel and how you prepare are just as important as the ensemble you choose, after all, feeling comfortable and confident is half the battle in style. So, as you take to your bike and combat the elements, remember these tips to keep yourself comfortable on the trip and looking fresh once you get to the office.
This is one of the most important rules you will need to follow to feel comfortable on your ride and looking fresh for the office. No matter how hard you try, you will get sweaty on your ride to work. Its a fact all bike commuters must face sooner or later. In order to minimize these effects, you must pack light. This means no extra bags and not too many layers. Even if you feel cold at the beginning, the ride will warm you up as you go. With a lighter load, you will reduce sweating (which will keep you warmer in the winter), ultimately leaving you feeling fresher for the work day. I cant tell you how many times I have shown up to the office wishing I had followed this rule only to have to sit through half the day looking like I just ran to work. Looking good at the office starts with your bike ride, and when you look good, you perform better.
The last thing you want is a wet and wrinkled suit once you arrive at the office. No matter how well you pack your work clothes, the weather will find a way to get to them, leaving you with a suit that is creased, wet, and ill-suited (pun definitely intended) for the office. Prepare by bringing an extra suit the day before and leaving it at the office. Once you get to work you will be able to peel of your wet and dirty commuting clothes and put on a fresh suit. Also remember to have an extra pair of socks and underwear at the office as well to make sure you are dry and comfortable for the entire day.
If you aren’t wearing a helmet on your bike commute, you’re asking for an accident and injury. Especially during the winter months when the roads are wet and icy, you will fall sooner or later and you will wish you were more protected when it does. However, with helmets comes the notorious helmet hair. Bad hair can ruin even the most well put together wardrobe ensembles, since people look at your head and face first upon greeting. In order to avoid helmet hair, wear a skull cap under your helmet. This will flatten your hair and leave it ready for styling once you reach the office. Which brings me to my next point. Don’t bother styling your hair before you leave for work. It will only get messy on the ride requiring a second take once you get to the office.
Protect Your Hands and Feet (And pack an extra pair of shoes)
No matter how many times I have told people this rule I seem to always break it myself by forgetting to wear good cloves and waterproof shoes. When you get halfway to work and you can’t feel your hands or feet, you’ll know what I mean. Not only is this a good tip for staying comfortable on the ride, it will help you look an feel better once you get to the office. Showing up to the office with cold hands and wet feet will effect your entire work day, and will show in your confidence and wardrobe throughout the day. Also, as you bike, your shoes will get wet and dirty one way or another. By packing an extra pair of shoes you will ensure you have a clean and dry pair for the office.
Now that you have some tips to stay comfortable on your commute and fresh for the office, enjoy all the benefits that biking to work will give you. For more information on commuting by bike, check out this link from the blog, “Commute by Bike”. http://www.commutebybike.com/