Office-ready riding clothes
So many Australian bike commuters ride in ‘bike clothes’ and get changed at work. If you don’t need to have a shower when you get there, try skipping the locker room altogether and walking straight to your desk with these smart threads.
Would you believe there are office-worthy trousers that look sharp after riding through a rain storm? They exist, and they are a game changer by eliminating worries about the weather. Pants are a particular element of your outfit that need to be water and stain resistant when you ride in all weathers. Outlier, Swrve and Rapha offer versions that meet this need. They use technical fabric that is water-resistant and stretchy while looking like trouser fabric. They dry quickly – if it rains on your morning commute you’d be dry by mid-morning – and road crud brushes off easily. Outlier’s Daily riding pants for women are distributed in Australia by Cyclestyle.
Your top half is a bit easier to protect with a jacket, so the challenge here is a cut that looks smart but fits when you reach for the handlebars. Rapha, Outlier, Derny and Muxu have tailored shirts with this in mind. The shirts are cotton–synthetic blends for durability and moisture-resistance and usually a bit of stretch. They often have covered buttons to avoid snagging courier bag straps and have pockets in positions that suit bike riders.
If you prefer to carry work clothes with you try our guide, Undoing the work wear tangle.
Tip – Don’t rush, don’t sweat
Below a certain ambient temperature and under a certain effort threshold – limits that are different for all of us 0f – you won’t get sweaty from riding. You’ll find your own limits for yourself but this holds true for all of us: rushing makes you sweat and it usually doesn’t get you there any faster. Try a leisurely pace on your next commute and compare it to your normal trip time. Traffic lights and other stoppages hold us up so much that riding slowly and rushing equate to the same total time. All you do when you rush is heat yourself up with the effort of taking off quickly only to spend more time waiting at the lights. If it’s not a hot day and you don’t rush you won’t raise a sweat of any significance.
You can also carry a sponge and/or a sports towel to do a quick wipe down in the bathroom at work if you wish.
This post is for day 24 of Ride On‘s June riding challenge.