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I've got a decent singletrack trail that i can to ride to work on - any suggestions out there for getting cleaned up & un-stinky at the other end? (sink available, but no shower).
 

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Baby wipes. Like a shower in a ziplock bag. Of course, if you have hair you might need to do something else about that...
 

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finz said:
I've got a decent singletrack trail that i can to ride to work on - any suggestions out there for getting cleaned up & un-stinky at the other end? (sink available, but no shower).
Like the other feller says, babywipes. And I keep a hand towel handy. And I drive my clothes to work once a week so I don't have to carry them in my pack. And I keep deodorant at work. And I sit & cool down in front of a fan before I change.

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Like the other feller says, babywipes. And I keep a hand towel handy. And I drive my clothes to work once a week so I don't have to carry them in my pack. And I keep deodorant at work. And I sit & cool down in front of a fan before I change.

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like the fan idear
 

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If you're doing the washcloth thing, you gotta let it dry between uses, or it gets pretty stinky after a few days. :eek:
Nasty image there. Another option (not so good for the environment) is to just use the paper towels your employer kindly supplies.
 

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I've experimented with different wipes-

I'd say my favorites are Wet Ones. They don't have much texture but seem to be the most powerful. My second favorite are the Charmin wipes they sell in the TP aisle. Baby wipes don't work as well IMO. I basically look for anything that has alcohol as a main ingredient, otherwise I still have kind of a sticky feeling.
Also, I keep my hair around my neck pretty short where it gets sweaty and towel dry it off, its pretty dry by the time most people will see me. I keep deoderant, hairspray, a comb and several other things at work. I actually ride four days a week and drive one. When I drive I bring changes of clothing for the other four days. My office is really casual (shorts are acceptable, even normal) so I don't have to worry about suits getting wrinkled.
And I always cool down with the fan as well.
 

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Have a short commute, so typically bring clothes everyday (besides, I'm a woman and I like to be able to have choices in the morning :thumbsup: ). I have a pair of shoes at work, and a locker room, which makes it nice.

I use baby and/or the soap type wipes. I think I'm using the Charmin wipes, or something similar. They come in a releasable bag (blue). I like those. Not too heavy, and contain a ton of wipes.

The problem is just riding at lunch. I'm on the clock, so no time to shower. Usually it's not to hot in the mornings (even now), but it's much warmer at lunch time!
 

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socalal,
thanks for the wet ones tip - that baby fresh scent on the huggies wipes would be about as bad as the b.o. :) will definitely try those

awordforyou,
will also try the charmin in blue bag - btw, enjoyed perusing the blog!
 

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ok, so day 1 of riding to work looked like this:

arrived sweaty, dirty & happy. tried to wash off in the sink using employer supplied paper towels - not so successful & made a mess

posted question on mtbr - got lots of good suggestions.........

day 2 looked like this:
arrived sweaty, dirty & happy. cooled off / dried off in front of fan as per finch platte & socalal - BUENO IDEA! used baby wipes this time (didn't have time to try & find "wet ones" or charmin wipes as per socalal & awordforyou, but poured my own rubbing alcohol into baggie - seemed to help reduce stickiness & cut down on that fresh as a baby's bottom aroma. speaking of fresh, uh, that gold bond stuff is pretty good stuff imho. thanks for all your input day 2 rocked all over day 1!

now, next question for you all: i need a different hydro pack - mine isn't quite big enough to carry a change of clothes & the small odds & ends i need to get to work. i'm currently using the 'high sierra' from costco (not a bad hydro pack btw & very reasonably priced w/ some nice pack features & a pretty good bladder to boot). fortunately i don't have to wear a suit - usually shorts, tshirt, & flip flops is my usual uni.

thanks all!
 

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Shower before the ride, change clothes when you arrive. Clean sweat isn't stinky, especially if you aren't wearing the synthetics you sweated into.

Also get a smallish backpack that takes a bladder, straight hydro packs aren't big enough for commuting.
 

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Post Ride Sweat Doesn't Stink

Shower before the ride or the night before and you shouldn't stink. I have never tried the babywipes idea but will give it a go - maybe my coworkers are being polite.

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That hand sanitizer in a pump bottle is great for stinky armpits. It is mostly alcohol and kills the bacteria that makes you reek. I don't know how it works on hairy pits, you might need to dry off with a paper towel. It works great in the middle of the day too when you realize you need to "freshen up". Generally has a lemony scent--I hate the baby butt wipe smell.
 

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While in the field I normally use a No Rinse towel or Ready Bath as a replacement for long weeks without showers. These towels are thicker and larger, generally one wipe is all you will need to freshen up. I have used plenty of the wipe products on the market and have to say the best alternative to those metioned above are the Wet Ones wipes. Just my 02. from plenty of experience.
 

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SWI99,
where do you find the best deal on the no rinse towel or ready bath? never heard of 'em

F.B.Gurl,
nice tip on the hand sanitizer
 

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I do it like this: I have a closet/locker at work that I keep my week of work clothes, cleanup bag, shoes, small towel and hangers in. I swap shoes and take my bag from the locker to the bathroom were I change. I use face wipes, baby wipes, deo, baby powder and cologne all in the travel size. I take my sweaty bib to the hanger. My back pack has a small med bag, rain suit and a towel in a plastic bag. I even packed two condoms to cover my shoes one time and it worked for a short time till the cleat cut it open. Had to try it out! I do wear latex gloves though on rainy days. If you want a good rain jacket/gear go with the european gore bike wear.
 

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After resisting for years, I settled on a rear rack and a large trunk for it so I wouldnt get so sweaty in that hydro/backpack straightjacket. Now backpacks look like starting work early to me. Theres a lot of cool stuff designed for tourists that makes commuting easier.
In my experience a bike thats dedicated to commuting pays for itself quickly. Mountain bikes don't work as well and aren't great candidates for conversion to a good commuter.
 

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Do you really feel the difference between 26" and 700c? I have 1.5 26" road tires I use for commute and the knobby's for saturday. I may convert my wifes mtb to a commuter since she never rides it anyway (or on the trails at all). I wonder how much slower it is to and old steel skinny tire bike.
 
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