On Y'er Bike

katie.smith
katie.smith Posts: 2
edited October 2008 in Commuting chat
Hi I'm a product design student, but also enjoy a good cycle! currently I'm thinking about ways to improve the commute to and from work on bike and was thinking about the idea of freshening up, i was hoping you guys would answer a few questions or even offer up your own probelms with your commute!

1. Age
2. Occupation
3. Times cycled per week
4. Distance cycled per day
5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel
6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work
7. Do you like to just change when you arrive
8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive
9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets
10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up

Thank you all so much for you help!

Comments

  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    I'm impressed you have already picked up on the importance of remaining manly for the users of the board. Including the girls (honourable exception: Moonio) ;)
  • Kieran_Burns
    Kieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    1. Age
    42
    2. Occupation
    IT Dictator
    3. Times cycled per week
    5
    4. Distance cycled per day
    15 ish miles
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel
    Manly 8)
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work
    I wish! (will be soon.. new building next month)
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive
    NO!
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive
    At the moment yes. Talc is your friend
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets
    No.
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up
    Yes. There would be a few people around here (work) who could be given free samples....
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
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    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
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    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • Jen J
    Jen J Posts: 1,054
    1. Age - 31
    2. Occupation - Financial Analyst
    3. Times cycled per week - Every day
    4. Distance cycled per day - weekdays 6ish, weekends 30-40
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel - health/fitness
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work - at gym after swimming (near office). No shower facilities at work
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive - short commute so wear work clothes
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive - perfume (but work for perfume company)
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets - no
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up - probably don't need them
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  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    1. Age
    34

    2. Occupation
    TV Agent

    3. Times cycled per week
    Does a round trip count as twice? Then approx 10.

    4. Distance cycled per day
    Average about 15 miles

    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel
    Assume you mean "mainly" - it's mainly to commute during week, and recreation/health on weekends.

    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work
    No - I always wear clean clothes both on bike and when I get to work and although I sweat a bit, I find a quick wash in the handbasin is enough to keep me from getting smelly by the end of the day

    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive
    Yes, after freshening up a bit - see 6

    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive
    Nope.

    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets
    If I were at a train station I wouldn't need to change!

    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up
    Not really
  • 1. Age: 25
    2. Occupation: Commercial Real Estate
    3. Times cycled per week: at least once a day
    4. Distance cycled per day: weekday 14 miles, weekend 20-50.
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes as well: combination of the three
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work: most of the time, yes.
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive: only if there's no time.
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive: nope.
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the single person public toilets: no - don't need to.
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up: don't need it really.
  • BUICK
    BUICK Posts: 362
    Does anybody else find that if they are cycling regularly they don't tend to get smelly? I have a half-baked theory that if you have a reasonable diet/hydration and sweat through exercise regularly then that sweat is relatively 'pure' as you've already purged your body of nasties. It's just a theory based on self-observation. I'd had days back when I occasionally ate a pizza but not much else and did a lot of drinking, and 'recreational' had different associations altogether, where I might not do much of anything all day and would still smell rubbish... now I can go out on big long rides, dressed appropriately so that sweat is wicking away, get home and get changed into 'civvies' and go straight to work/play/the LBS and be fresh as a daisy.

    A manly daisy, obviously.
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  • Greg T
    Greg T Posts: 3,266
    BUICK wrote:
    Does anybody else find that if they are cycling regularly they don't tend to get smelly?

    NO

    I honk bad - very bad. I mean proper full on minging.

    Still it means I don't get jostled in the lift.
    Fixed gear for wet weather / hairy roadie for posing in the sun.

    What would Thora Hurd do?
  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    If my body is clean and my clothes are clean I stay clean long enough to be able to go to bed that night with very little extra pong.

    If any of the above does not start of clean, then things get exponentially worse.
  • 1. Age 37
    2. Occupation Actuary
    3. Times cycled per week Commute on average about 4 days a week, so 8 journeys.
    4. Distance cycled per day 15-20 miles depending on route
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel; health
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work yes
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive no
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive No
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets Don't need to.
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up Other than shower gel and shampoo etc, no.
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  • janm399
    janm399 Posts: 132
    1. Age
    27
    2. Occupation
    Technology director
    3. Times cycled per week
    5 (and 5 home :))
    4. Distance cycled per day
    20 - 80 km, depending on the weather and training day
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel
    Mostly training that happens to take me to work
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work
    Yes
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive
    Yuck! Never :)
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive
    After shower, yes.
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets
    Not applicable to my situation -- I'm lucky to have gym at work.
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up
    Again, not applicable.
    Computer geek, Manchester Wheelers' member since 2006
  • girv73
    girv73 Posts: 842
    1. Age: 35
    2. Occupation: Code Monkey (programmer)
    3. Times cycled per week: 3 or 4
    4. Distance cycled per day: weekday 18 miles (2x 9mi)
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes as well: all three. ++manly if the weather is bad :D
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work: yes - if you sweat as much as I do, a shower is essential !
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive: no (see 6)
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive: nope, just some regular deodorant post-shower
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the single person public toilets: if I needed to, yes, but my commute is all by bike so there is no need
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up: if my commute was shorter, maybe such products would be useful. They would need to be cleansing and anti-bac I think. As it is though, after 9 miles, I arrive badly in need of a proper shower.
    Today is a good day to ride
  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,117
    edited October 2008
    1. Age - 39
    2. Occupation - Healthcare Planning Consultant
    3. Times cycled per week - 5 days per week when I can
    4. Distance cycled per day - 10 miles total
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel - pure commute
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work - not yet
    EDIT THERE IS NO SHOWER AT MY WORK, IT'S NOT THAT I HAVE BAD PERSONAL HYGIENE!!!!
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive - yes
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive -no but good idea
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets - err, possibly, this is heading off in an uncertain direction :oops:
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up - are you saying I smell? (yes - preferably minimal carbon impact/waste eg re-usable?)

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    1. 22
    2. Grad Student/sports coach
    3. 7
    4. 10 miles
    5. For work and to work, plus walking is rubbish
    6. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    7. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    8.HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    9. No, but I would if i was going further
    10. Always
  • Roon
    Roon Posts: 9
    1. Age - 34
    2. Occupation - lab technician
    3. Times cycled per week - 5
    4. Distance cycled per day - 7 through the week, 0-40 at the weekend
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel - commute mid-week (buying the bike through cyclescheme was cheaper than the bus pass).
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work - essential when you sweat like a horse.
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive - not an option, would be stinking within an hour.
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive - just normal deodourant.
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets - N/A
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up - What, like soap?
  • always_tyred
    always_tyred Posts: 4,965
    BUICK wrote:
    Does anybody else find that if they are cycling regularly they don't tend to get smelly? I have a half-baked theory that if you have a reasonable diet/hydration and sweat through exercise regularly then that sweat is relatively 'pure' as you've already purged your body of nasties. It's just a theory based on self-observation. I'd had days back when I occasionally ate a pizza but not much else and did a lot of drinking, and 'recreational' had different associations altogether, where I might not do much of anything all day and would still smell rubbish... now I can go out on big long rides, dressed appropriately so that sweat is wicking away, get home and get changed into 'civvies' and go straight to work/play/the LBS and be fresh as a daisy.

    A manly daisy, obviously.

    The "not from concentrate" rule:
    (a) shower-cycle = get away with it
    (b) shower-cycle-[do something else]-cycle = antisocial odour

    I reckon that being active means I spend less time than average in the same set of clothes, I have a lot of showers because I always seem to have just got off a bike or out of a boat, and my pits get a better than average airing 'cos I'm outside a lot.
  • scoobers
    scoobers Posts: 364
    1. Age 41
    2. Occupation Product Manager
    3. Times cycled per week 5 days
    4. Distance cycled per day 20 miles
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel commuting & fitness
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work shower at local gym
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive no
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive no
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets no
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up no
  • AndyManc
    AndyManc Posts: 1,393
    Who would use a public shower :shock: ?

    Even if you wore 6" thick flip flops and were protected with bubble wrap .



    BTW , you lot love giving away personal details ... it's me me me , all the time :wink:
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  • linsen
    linsen Posts: 1,959
    1. Age 35
    2. Occupation celebrty lookalike
    3. Times cycled per week 7 - 10
    4. Distance cycled per day average 70 or so miles a week. Varies daily
    5. Is it manly to commute or is it for recreation or health purposes aswel all the options. I think it's womanly to commute too....
    6. Do you like to have a shower when you arrive at work Not like. Need
    7. Do you like to just change when you arrive See no 6
    8. Or do you like to use fragranced products i.e. body sprays or wipes when you arrive Only if I've run out of time completely
    9. Would you use some form of public changing facility at train stations etc, similar to the singal person public toilets Don't need to and quite glad about that
    10. Would you like a range of products aimed at freshening you up I think I have what I need
    Emerging from under a big black cloud. All help welcome
  • Wrath Rob
    Wrath Rob Posts: 2,918
    I'm refusing to take part as I have yet to see any proof that you're not Greg66 soliciting personal information and grooming members of this site for his own nefarious reasons :shock:
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