Just because you rode your bike does not mean you should walk in sweaty and rushed.
On your drive into work, have you ever noticed a cyclist obviously commuting and admired that person? Have you thought it would be cool to ride your bike to work, or home from the office? Perhaps it's crossed your mind that bike commuting not only helps the environment and saves gas money; but it could help you stay fit, healthy and burn a few extra calories.
Despite some worthy reasons to ride your bike to work, there never seems to be a good time to start. So why not start now? Lots of people commute on their bicycles, why not you?
Even if you commute only a handful of times, it's better than none at all. To help you get rolling, here are a few tips for commuting on your bike:
Suggestions for looking like you didn't commute
- Time can be your friend. Give yourself built in time in case of a flat tire, mechanical or to try a new route to work. Try waiting to drink that cup of coffee when you get to work, that way you have time to stop sweating before you wipe off and change.
- It’s not a race. Enjoy the ride and don’t rush it. If you want to rush off somewhere on your commute, let it be the ride home where you can be sweaty in the comfort of your own couch.
Don't make a big deal out of special clothes and gear. Depending on the distance of your commute, you might be able to commute in your work clothes. Some commutes are workouts and other commutes are more practical in nature.
- Strategize your clean up time before work. Action Wipes may be something for you to try. It’s like a shower in towel, disposable and all natural. Start from your face going down, it will leave you feeling clean and you won’t be salty the rest of the day.