Commuting to work by bike is the best way to start your day. That may sound like a bold statement, but it’s been proven.
It’s cheaper than driving or taking public transportation—no need to spend money on gas, parking or maintaining your car. Biking to work is better for your health (according to research, the average person loses 13 pounds their first year of bike riding) and a recent study shows bike commuters are less likely to be stressed out. Are you ready to turn in your steering wheel for a set of handlebars yet?
If not, what’s holding you back? For most people that live within a few miles of their office, the decision to cycle to work depends on how safe they think the roads are and how comfortable (read: how sweaty) they think they’ll be once they get to the office.
If you’ve considered bike commuting, but dismissed the idea because you’d rather not be stinky in your morning meeting, you should know there are options. Check out these five simple tips for a sweat-free (or almost sweat-free) bike commute.
Invest in a bike rack or basket. Backpacks and messenger bags are common among commuters, but that bag touching your body (especially your back) will trap heat and make you sweat.
Get a ventilated helmet. Letting the heat escape from your head is crucial. Other specialty gear might help too, but the helmet is key.
Slow down. Just as simple as it sounds—you’re commute doesn’t have to be a race. If you don’t like the sweat try taking it down a notch.
Try different routes or consider taking public transportation for part of the way. The fastest route to work may mean hitting some intense hills or bridges, but trying other ways could make for a more leisurely ride. When you can’t beat that incline, public transportation might be an option to get you through the worst of it.
Keep a clean-up kit at the office. Baby wipes and a fresh coat of deodorant go a long way. Also consider riding to work in moisture-wicking (or cycle-specific) clothing, so you can step into new clothes.