Last week I attempted to purchase a lock at the shop down the street from work. Prior to riding down to the shop and wasting a lunch hour I first tried to message them on twitter, following it up with an email to the owner asking what type of locks they had. Quickly, the owner responded but I can honestly say his email didn’t lead me to wanting to purchase a lock from them. “We have a mixed bag of random locks (eleven81, Surelock, Kryponite, etc.). Nothing all that exciting but hey there are locks. Those Knog locks sure look interesting.”
As the summer cools off and we are entering the perfect temperatures of late summer/early fall I find my eating and drinking habits have suffered. During the summer it is very easy to remember to drink water and eat healthier. You can’t forget with the summer heat beating down on you as you ride, and amazing summer fruit and veggies available.
Constant Reminder to Hydrate
For the past couple weeks I haven’t been drinking water, and my hot coffee consumption has increased thanks to the sub 90º weather. Every morning last week I woke up with this hang over feeling, half of the feeling was due to lack of caffeine, the other half was being dehydrated.
Today I took a Camelbak Better Bottle into work with me, hooking it on to my bag for a constant reminder on the way in. When I arrived at work I took the bottle and sat it down right in front of me.
This is my quick public service announcement to remind everyone to drink a big cup of water before bed. We just received a small box of goodness from Camelbak of Insulated Better Bottles and Insulated Podium Bottles for review. Check in tomorrow for a preview!
Originally posted at our sister site : CommuteByBike.com
My tri-modal commute to Charlotte has partially changed my perspective of commuting concerns. One of these concerns is clothing which I’ll be deep diving in the next few articles.
Photo Credit : Outlier
Business Attire and Dress Codes
Since I now work back in the marketing and advertising industry there is more of a dress code than what you find in the bike industry. There are days that one is able to wear khakis or even jeans, but on the days that there is a slight chance of a meeting or client call those clothes won’t cut it.
Dress clothes, especially nice ones, don’t wear well for riding a bike and sweating. They also don’t do well with being shoved into a messenger bag. While I’m looking into a better solution of carrying the business attire, laptop and paperwork I still haven’t found it.
Shopping for Bike Friendly Dress Codes
While my better half cringes when we go shopping, I’ve been shopping for styling clothes that are “bikeable.” If I was a guy, this would be easy but it seems like the idea of technical fabrics and womens dress codes are very rare.
Thankfully the mornings have been cooler so I can pull off the 2.5 mile bike ride from the bus to work by simply rolling up my pants legs and pedaling slowly not to sweat. This won’t always be the answer, especially when it’s raining! (Currently those days I walk.)
Bikeable Work Clothes
What do you use? What brands or fabrics wear well and still can allow you to walk into a board meeting?