Dressing for the ride

I’m not really a fan of cycling-specific clothing. It just seems rather unnecessary, and a bit of a faff to get changed at work, when my commute is only 6km. I generally dress for the destination, not the ride.

But when the weather heats up, as it has over the last couple of days, it can start to become uncomfortable riding in my usual office-casual clothes.

Last night, for example, I cycled home from work in the blazing sunshine, and within minutes of setting off I was lamenting my decision that day to wear jeans. I was seriously overheating, and starting to chaff in a rather uncomfortable way.

I gazed longingly at the other cycles in shorts, and wished that I too could feel a cooling breeze on my legs.

Fast forward to today, with forecast temperatures of 25 degrees in Dublin, and I finally made a concession to the weather and put on special clothes for my bike commute. In my case that constitutes some cargo shorts and a polo shirt. And as such, I also had to get changed when I arrived at work.

It’s never great having to venture in the men’s changing room in my office, as it reeks of a potent mixture of fermenting sweat and Lynx body spray. But the brief nasal assault at the start and end of the day is worth it to feel a bit more comfortable on the ride.

And, of course, during our brief summer I should also take some of my own advice about cycling in hot weather, and think about sunscreen and a sun hat as well.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog richardbloomfield.ie.

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