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wool pants & cycling to the office

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by poissa, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. poissa

    poissa Senior Member

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    I've seen a couple of threads concerning commuters. None of the questions have helped me decide if it is a bad idea to ride a cycle to the office. My commute would be in the vicinity of 4-6 miles depending on my ultimate move. My immediate concern is them wools. Will they retain their crease by the time I get to the office? I'll only ride on pristine days etc. And naturally when I return home I'll hang the trousers by the hem. It's possible I could roll my wools then put them together in the office. Just looking for guidance.
     


  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Distinguished Member

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    If you have money to burn then wear what you like. Super100's or higher won't be a good idea for cycling in. You also have to contend with chain grease. Best to roll your good pants in a backpack and wear beaters for the cycling. How would you deal with perspiration? This is just a bad idea.
     


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    dirtyturk Well-Known Member

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    i agree with donald. dont try to run or swim to the office in your suit either
     


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    Wear jeans for the journey and change into your offIce wear (and shower) upon arrival. To do otherwise would be crass stupidity.
     


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    I think it is just a bad idea to cycle.
     


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    I bike to the office most days in the summer; 8 miles each way. But I'd be crazy to try to do it in nice clothes -- it's all spandex. Then shower at the YMCA (conveniently located half a mile down from the office), and change when I get there with clothes conveniently brought on the one day a week I drive.

    I suppose you could do it on a European-style touring bike, the kind you see old men tooling around on in Sweden, but you'd have to go like five miles an hour. That'd be a long commute.
     


  7. poissa

    poissa Senior Member

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    I bike to the office most days in the summer; 8 miles each way. But I'd be crazy to try to do it in nice clothes -- it's all spandex. Then shower at the YMCA (conveniently located half a mile down from the office), and change when I get there with clothes conveniently brought on the one day a week I drive.

    I suppose you could do it on a European-style touring bike, the kind you see old men tooling around on in Sweden, but you'd have to go like five miles an hour. That'd be a long commute.


    Thanks. It's good to know what those crazy Europeans do be dapper on their bikes. There's no way I see myself riding a cruiser soon but who knows. I'll just see how rolling the pants goes. Sounds like my pants will be getting pressed more frequently ;p Thanks for the suggestions.
     


  8. Mr.P

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    I suppose you could do it on a European-style touring bike, the kind you see old men tooling around on in Sweden, but you'd have to go like five miles an hour. That'd be a long commute.

    What kind of bike do you use?

    I used to cycle to work in cycling clothes, go straight to the locker room where I kept spare office clothes, take a shower, put on my suit and go up. Took an extra 30 minutes in the morning, though.
     


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    Wear jeans for the journey and change into your offIce wear (and shower) upon arrival. To do otherwise would be crass stupidity.
    4-6 miles in jeans would chafe like mad. Check out Rapha and some of their technical gear in traditional fabrics, including wools. It's fairly pricey but they do some gorgeous gear that's great to ride in.
     


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    What kind of bike do you use?

    I used to cycle to work in cycling clothes, go straight to the locker room where I kept spare office clothes, take a shower, put on my suit and go up. Took an extra 30 minutes in the morning, though.

    I use this one. Well, an older model, still has some Tiagra components. Threw some Shimano SPD-SL pedals on it.

    It does take a bit longer, though for me I only have to wake up 15 minutes earlier. It takes me about half an hour do run the 8 miles on the bike, and easily 15 minutes in the car (stoplights, traffic, etc.). Totally worth it for keeping the ever-expanding gut in check. [​IMG]
     


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    If you have money to burn then wear what you like. Super100's or higher won't be a good idea for cycling in. You also have to contend with chain grease. Best to roll your good pants in a backpack and wear beaters for the cycling. How would you deal with perspiration? This is just a bad idea.
    Ditto. Shorts, and trousers in bag. Tbh, I dislike cycling to work. I would rather exercise in a slot where I can sweat, and it won't matter!
     


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    Did this on my 'bent for a while. Just needed a strap on my right pant leg to keep it away from the chain. Worked, but I wasn't hurrying.
     


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    wear whatever is comfortable while riding then change at work.

    i usually wear a pair of normal shorts and a cycling jersey in the summer and carry my work clothes in a backpack. my office has a locker room and shower where i can change. of course it takes an extra 15 minutes to get to the desk but well worth it. I would hate to ride in work clothes in this summer heat!
     


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    4-6 miles in jeans would chafe like mad. Check out Rapha and some of their technical gear in traditional fabrics, including wools. It's fairly pricey but they do some gorgeous gear that's great to ride in.
    Just wanted to plug Rapha. I fell in love with their Leather Town Gloves (http://www.rapha.cc/leather-town-gloves) and got 2 pair in their end of season sale (at £120.00 they are not cheap, the sale made it almost sane to purchase them). They are the most finely crafted, exquisite gloves I've ever had or seen; think "batman" form-fitting like fit and finish. I don't own anything else from them, but those gloves are so F'ing beautifully made that I'd recommend Rapha for anything else you had in mind. Oh, on a tangent - since those gloves are made by hand, one pair fit perfectly but the other pair was just a tad too snug. They no hassle swapped them out pronto and the next pair were, like the first, perfect. So double plug for their customer service too. I can't wait for the coming seasons to break them out.
     


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