How Bicycle Commuters Keep Their Work Duds Looking Pressed and Fresh
One challenge that bike commuters face is keeping their work clothes pressed and unwrinkled during their ride into work. As a bike commuter, you have a few options that can help you show up at work with fresh smelling, crisp clothes.
- If you have a super short commute distance or have an easy paced ride, you can just ride to work in your work clothes.
- Carefully pack your clothes and carry them with you. Investing in a good pair of panniers or a garment style backpack is a great way to pack your clothes efficiently. By rolling your clothes sleeping bag style and storing them vertically inside the bag, you can avoid them being creased or crushed. When you unroll the clothes, spray them with a wrinkle releaser to keep them looking even crisper. If you can, try leaving your work shoes and belt at the office as that will lighten your load and save space.
- Stash your clothes at work. If you can, head into work on Monday with all the clothes you’ll need for the week. Consider bringing in a collapsible clothes rack to help keep you organized. At the end of the week, pack all your dirty clothes in your panniers or backpack to take home. This enables you to travel lighter, not worry about wrinkled clothes and still save time and money by clean commuting.
Get other tips on bicycle commuting by taking part in the region’s first-ever Bike to Work Challenge, brought to you by The Clean Air Campaign, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s RideSmart division, and other regional transportation partners. Register today for access to bicycle commuting classes plus compete for cool prizes including REI gift cards and gear.