Don’t You Get All Sweaty Riding To Work?
I had a late start at the office yesterday, arriving just in time for lunch. One of the questions I was asked as I locked my bike up, by a colleague who lives just around the corner from me was,
I’d quite like to ride to work, but don’t you get all sweaty?
I laughed out loud at this - yesterday was bastard cold - so much so that I was wearing my skiing mittens rather than mere flimsy cycling gloves. Even at mid day, the temperature was still hovering around freezing. To work up a sweat in these conditions would be a serious achievement!
The obvious answer to his question though is:
- Ride appropriately. The sit-up-and-admire-the-view riding on my Pashley isn’t sweaty even in the middle of summer, as I’m just too stylishly cool to get warm enough to sweat.
- Dress appropriately. If I’m riding in on a road bike (head down, bum up, cyborg cyclist), I wear the fewest layers of breathable materials that I can get away with, and then change as soon as I get to work.
- If you have ended up sweating (i.e. got carried away with the fun of it), have a wipe down as soon as you get to the office, and then dry off.
When I got home though, Wife explained it more succintly:
If work was close enough to walk to, no-one would worry about getting all sweaty & needing showers. If people ride like the walk, there’s never a problem.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 02/11/2010
- Total Time: 2:50:00.00
- Calories: 2069
- Distance: 45 miles
- Average Speed: 15.88 mph
- Max Speed: 28 mph