Choosing and using clothing

Cycling clothes sold at bike shops could be a good choice for your commuting. Be aware that that kind of clothing tends to have a very distinct style. Once you reach your destination, you must either change clothes or remain dressed as a cyclist. If you don't like either of those two options, then you might appreciate some of the more normal-looking clothing featured elsewhere in this website.

You will have to experiment to see if you prefer to ride in cotton or moisture-wicking synthetic clothes. However, if you sweat, beware that cotton fabrics will remain unpleasantly damp and perhaps cold for a long time.

Perhaps you've seen many racers and recreational road bicyclists wearing skin-tight shorts. Those cycling shorts wick moisture, provide padding, and prevent chafing on longer rides. They should be worn without underwear, so that they can transfer sweat away from your body. In fact, they could be used as underwear, preferably with something moisture-wicking worn over them; this is a good idea when those shorts are not an appropriate style for your destination. Alternatively, you can buy baggy cycling shorts with the lycra liner shorts inside.

If you are wearing long pants, several methods exist for you to keep the cuffs away from the dirty bike parts:

If your shoes have laces, you can tuck them between your ankle and the shoe. Hopefully, the laces will remain wedged in there. That way, they don't catch on the teeth of your chain ring or get dirty from contacting the bike.




If you have a short and easy ride to work, and the weather's not too hot, you can cycle in your work clothes. Otherwise...

If you want to pack your work clothes for your commute, be aware that folding your clothes may produce creases. One good way to carry them is to use a garment bag (see the Bags section of this website). You can also roll up your clothes and carry that bundle in a pack; to avoid wrinkles, it's better to wrap the clothes around a long and narrow cylinder-shaped object.

There's a way you can entirely avoid needing to carry work clothes by bike. Drive to work once per week, or make a special trip on a day off. Bring a week's worth of work clothes and store them. If you don't have drawer or closet space at work, you could leave a small stand-alone storage unit (if permitted).