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We queried the cyclists in the Experience Life office for some help on this delicate question of personal hygiene. Here are a few of the tips we garnered:

The Ride: First of all, leave home early and ride slowly so you don’t work up as much of a sweat as you would if you were pushing hard. Carry your pack in a pannier or a basket to help avoid a sweaty back.

Clothes: You can pack a fresh change of clothes; roll them to minimize wrinkling. You can also store fresh clothes, along with a toiletries kit and a pair of nice dress shoes, at your desk. You might consider wearing perspiration-wicking fabrics like wool or synthetics, or special cycling clothing that does the same job.

Toweling Off: A PackTowl can be handy for wiping sweat away. These towels are both super absorbent and quick drying, and they’re often made from antibacterial fabrics. Consider stashing face wipes or baby wipes in your bag or toiletry kit at work to help freshen up, too.

This originally appeared as “I prefer to ride my bike to work, but there’s no shower and it’s not a casual office. How can I deal with perspiration and clean up adequately in a bathroom?” in the May 2019 print issue of Experience Life.

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