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It is possible, but only in certain conditions. I live in a tropical country, so, 20 degrees centigrade is considered cold here. My conmute to work is almost flat, with only one climb, something a very steep 300 meters. If it were not for that, I'd be able to get to the office almost completely dry. What's the trick? I use a hardtail mountain bike with a ...


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My commute was fairly short, so my major burden was the rain. For this I invested in rain proof panniers & waterproof jacket & over-trousers. I had both a summer & winter jacket to make sure I didn't arrive in too hot during summer. I didn't have overshoes, so kept spare socks/shoes at office. I cycled at leisurely pace on way there to avoid ...


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I thought spandex shorts looked weird too, until my wife bought me a pair with the padding. Now, I can't ride in regular shorts at all! The shorts with padding help protect your sensitive groin parts, as well help keep you cooler and drier (preventing nasty sores) by wicking the moisture (sweat) away from your body. There's no binding or rubbing in the ...


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In the past, when I commuted to a job without showers (I've managed to luck out recently) I made sure to: Keep my hair relatively short, as to avoid helmet-hair Get in early enough that I can have a quick wash in a bathroom sink without too many people around to take notice Always bring a full change of clothes Like @curtismchale, leave a pair of 'work' ...


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Cycling gloves come in different varieties (like full-fingered or half-fingered). Typically: Cycling gloves have extra padding at the palms, which for me makes a difference when riding for hours at a time. They protect your palms in case you attempt to use them to break a fall. Like regular gloves, they can keep your hands warm in cold weather, especially ...


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I'm currently a senior in high school, so I understand your concern about style. In my opinion, and that of all my friends, wearing lycra shorts to school looks ridiculous, no offense. I don't know how far your commute is, but when I take my road bike to school, it's only 3 miles, so I just wear regular shorts and bring another t-shirt I can throw on so I'm ...


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Cycling gloves do a few basic things: reduce friction between your hands and handlebars, which could otherwise cause blisters dampen vibrations which might cause hand/finger numbness reduce pressure on your ulnar nerve, which also causes numbness Of course, if none of these are problems for you, it's fine to ride without them. Other types of gloves ...


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A thread on this subject on Bikeforums ran to pages and pages... Some expressing utter horror that a bicyclist would feel the need to be armed, others ridiculing the whole idea, others with decent suggestions. I'm a cop, I know that numbers of cyclists ride in conditions that are less than optimal. We have had armed robberies and muggings of cyclists here ...


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Studded tires are a must on ice. They are expensive, but well worth it! A couple of points to consider that have not been mentioned: Footwear: Winter specific riding shoes or boots. For mountain biking and cross, I ride with Lake boots. On the road, I use an older pair of road shoes that have been stretched to accommodate thick wool socks and neoprene shoe ...


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The short answer is that, in practical terms, the difference isn't great. The longer answer requires some explanation of "visual conspicuity." In optical engineering, conspicuity is the study of what makes things "conspicuous," and some researchers split the tasks into "detection" and "identification" (see, for example, the works of A. Toet et al, such as ...


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What type of shorts? First you need to work out what sort of cycle shorts you are looking for: Regular cycling shorts - these are your classic lycra bike shorts, no bibs, no extra fancy bits. Generally quite comfortable They do have a tendancy to "roll up" under your gut a bit, particularly for those of us that carry a bit more weight than we should. ...


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No, you will not ride faster in any meaningful way unless you're doing time trials at an elite level where mere seconds (or less) of improvement are gained through optimizing a long list of equipment (with clothing in the middle of that list). As always, the overwhelming determinant of performance is training. The real reason for wearing a jersey is the ...


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Even a short sprint or uphill effort can make a big difference in how sweaty I am when I get to the office. Maintain a consistently low effort, using low gears for any uphills. Panniers are good, since backpacks and messenger bags not only insulate, but also hold your shirt directly against your sweaty back. Often I'll put my shirt in my pannier and just ...


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I use a Chrome Metropolis messenger bag (waterproof) to carry my stuff. Lots of room to carry a laptop, shoes, clothes...If you can leave a pair of shoes at the office under your desk. I've known a few people with no shower to just use some baby wipes in the bathroom and get the essentials freshened up. Also leave deodorant at work and put it on.


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Start with short sleeves, arm warmers and a light jacket and layer. Everybody has different tolerance for temperature changes, but here is what I normally wear on my upper body. 65°F (18°C) or higher: Short Sleeve Jersey 55-65°F (13-18°C) Short Sleeve Jersey with Arm Warmers 45-55°F (7-13°C) Short Sleeve Jersey and a ...


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2 pro-tips for not smelling bad. One, and this may seem odd, but cool down before you change. If you can hang out in what you rode in on for like, 15 minutes, you can avoid immediately sweating into the clothes you've just changed into. For me, I've got a regular morning call so I show up 10 minutes before that, get through the 10 minute conference call ...


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Lightweight polyester or microfiber materials do the job. Pearl Izumi is my favourite. Bike specific rain jackets are a must if you are looking for comfort. Generally they are very thin and have air vents in them. There is no reason to wear heavy rain jackets. Instead, layer up up with a base layer (often merino wool or synthetic thermals) + mid layer + the ...


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Other than wicking sweat and drying quickly, there's nothing special about them. Any high quality athletic sock marketed for another sport will be comparable.


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Another strategy that some people use is to drive to work one day a week with what they will wear for the next four days. You can stick that in your desk and change when you get there.


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I have a continuum of clothes that I add on as the weather gets colder. During the summer, I ride like you do with shorts and a t-shirt. As things cool of a little bit, down below 60F/15C, I'll put on a windbreaker over my t-shirt and some full-finger gloves on my hands. The next step for me is to add an Under Armour Cold Gear shirt (many companies make ...


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My best guess is the hole would allow a headphone cable to run down the collar, through the inside of the shirt, and into the pocket.


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I am also wearing a waterproof jacket over it which isn't very breathable Well there's your problem. The most wickable, breathable material in the world isn't going to achieve those properties if you put a plastic bag over it. If you don't want to be caught out in the rain, keep the raincoat in a backpack/messengerbag/pannier/whatever until it's ...


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Protective plates? You mean Fenders/Mudguards? I can think of 3 things that could help, other than simply bringing a change: Bigger fenders (wider, and/or go down the tire more). Basically, some fenders are better than others. A front fender that's wider than the tire with a stay (rod) going back for support that hugs the tire fairly closely and ...


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There are several terms around this subject. A key thing here is reflectivity (or more specifically retroreflectivity), rather than fluorescence. Fluoresence is the property of a material where it absorbs light at one wavelength, e.g. ultraviolet sunlight, but then reflects back light from the visual spectrum. This is most useful in daylight conditions, ...


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Wear some non-Lycra shorts/tracksuit bottoms over the top of your Lycra ones if you are self conscious about them. Change out of the Lycra ones in a toilet cubicle if you are concerned. You can also buy baggy cycling specific shorts which have many of the advantages of Lycra based ones but without the concern about showing off your entire package. A quick ...


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There are a few good reasons for it. More aerodynamic, we humans don't put out much power so every little bit helps Padded shorts. You want these for anything longer than a short ride. Most shorts with pads happen to be spandex. Moisture wicking Read some things a few years ago about muscle fatigue when jiggling (rough road/mountain biking) is greater than ...


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Unless you are travelling really far (5+ miles) or going for some kind of home to school time trial record, just wear your regular clothes (tuck your trousers into your socks if need be) and cycle a little slower. Too many people are too obsessed with racing their bikes places, but if you think of cycling as a faster and more efficient way of walking then ...


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Everyone else has offered good advice, but let me point out one simple thing for you: Almost no matter how hot it is or how hard I'm riding, I'm not really sweaty until I stop moving. That's because 1) I'm wearing bike clothes designed to wick moisture and evaporate it quickly, and 2) almost no matter what the weather is doing, while I'm moving I'm headed ...


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Lots of people have mentioned a full change of clothes, and to that I would add just one thing: have a separate "emergency" pair of socks/underwear with you at all times. If you have space, extra pants, shirt, and shoes may also come in useful. Every morning I pack myself a change of clothes, but the spare socks/underwear live in a separate bag which I put ...


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There are different types of logos which get worn for different reasons. Bike clothing may include logos associated with: Clothing manufacturers: An otherwise plain jersey will often include the logo of the manufacturer. This is common for athletic clothing in general. Employers: Companies often make jerseys with their logos that (presumably satisfied) ...



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