As the world attempts to become more eco-friendly, the streets have become more awash with cyclists. During the peak commuting hours, with cars blocking up the roads, savvy cyclists are bidding to beat rush hour and gain a few health benefits in the process. With that in mind, today I”m discussing tips for cycling to work without sacrificing your style.
Particularly in London, cycling to work is a huge thing. In fact, it’s only going to get bigger. The authorities are trying to push this by any means possible… In a bid to reduce congestion and also carbon emissions.
How to look the part when cycling to work
There’s just one issue with all of the above; there is a distinct difference between office attire and cycling clothing. Today’s guide has therefore been put together. These tips will allow you to retain your office sense of fashion, as well as a degree of practicality.
Sweat can be an issue when cycling to work
As we all know, some people sweat more than others. Some will merely step outside and have to wipe their brow… Whereas others can walk for miles and not sweat anything.
Regardless of what camp you fall into… You’ll be surprised at just how much you can sweat when cycling to the office. As well as being physically exerting, there’s an added level of stress when commuting at rush hour.
It means that you simply must dress in light wear clothing. This is even more important for those of you who decide to wear the same clothing for the whole day.
Consider base layers
Following on from the previous point, base layers might turn to be your best friend. If you turn to a material like merino, you’ll find that it works in both hot and cooler temperatures. So the risks of suffering from “odour issues” drop considerably.
Of course, there are others, but the beauty about merino is that it is often associated with so-called fashionable garments… (The type that could be found during a stroll down Covent Garden, for example).
Long, flowing garments are out of the question
If you do make your way to Covent Garden… Perhaps resist the urge to consider any garments (usually dresses) that fall into the long, flowing category.
This is purely from a practical point of view, and naturally won’t apply to those of you who will get changed in the office. These garments can get caught up in your pedals or wheels whilst riding. So the potential repercussions do not bear thinking about.
If you are desperate to ride in a long garment, at least consider cycle clips which can mitigate the risks somewhat.
Your hairstyle matters as well
Finally, there’s a term that dons the cycling industry going by the name of “helmet hair“.
Suffice to say, its description does all of the talking, and you most certainly don’t want it. There are a few easy ways to avoid this dreaded look, though: