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Four miles? Piker. I'm a sweaty mess in a mile and a half. (The lycra ain't 'cause I think I look good in it!)

The converse of the clothes argument is that if you're sweating that much, you should:

1) slow down
2) not go as far
3) not bike to work

I would also say that even when biking a short distance, I often wear this orange reflective vest. Partly for safety, but mostly as a form of peacocking.

One of the best parts about cycling (or bike watching, really) is the diversity in clothes, bikes and riders.

As an aside, the first lycra I buy will be bike shorts for my wife. I draft her too much not to upgrade my view.

AAA Mid-A is sponsoring BTW Day? Maybe they're starting to get it.

Anybody who is concerned about the most stylish way to get to work on a bike deserves to get to work covered in some nice stylish mud.

Riding a CaBi from 13th & NY Ave to the new Metro Center station or even to the Chinatown one without sweating is pretty much the limit for me. Anything further and nobody wants to talk to me for the rest of the day.

My full admiration belongs to those people who do not sweat like it's their job (to borrow a phrase washcycle has used in the past) when they ride a bike but I am not one of them.

I also freely admit that I always feel the urge to pedal hard when I am on the bike which inevitably leads to more sweating.

What I find peculiar is that there is now apparently a cycling fashion police trying to dictate what is appropriate wear. Why don't we just decide as cyclists that it is OK to wear whatever the hell we want as long as the clothes don't get stuck in the spokes?

@Eric_W; slow down! If you're sweating, you're going too fast.

Actually, the most "stylish" way to bike to work is 1) in your regular clothes, 2) riding a single-speed beach cruiser, while 3) attacking (and dropping) all those dorky Lycranauts on each hill.

These guidlines are important as well:


A simple solution would be to invest in a $300 heart rate monitor, undergo a cardio stress test to determine your V02max and HRmax, then use the monitor to remain between 65-75% of HRmax.

Works like a charm!

Oh, one last point: Malouff's photo in the story's sidebar, I'm not sure he should be giving out fashion advice.

He looks like the kind of guy who'd wear a Red Sox jersey to his own wedding.

(I kid! I kid!)

@oboe: That's a good idea. Maybe I'll combine the heart rate monitor with the purchase of a PowerTap Pro + to make it worth my while.

I just have to think about how I can come up with a good return-on-inestment story since my office building is converting the managed for-fee gym to an unmanaged free gym...

The stylish advice...doesn't that assume that my regular clothes are stylish?

I'm the queen of comfort, and I live in yoga pants or sweatpants when I can get away with it. (Everywhere except work, in other words.) I have never been accused of being stylish.

My bike commute is over an hour. Wearing workout clothes on my commute makes me a lot more impervious to the weather. Rains? No big deal, my work clothes will stay dry. 12 degrees? No big deal, I have my layering system down pat. 102 degrees? No big deal, sweaty is just a warmer version of rain.

The people I know who wear "regular" clothes on the bike have much more elaborate strategies for dealing with all of those things. Sounds like a lot of work to me.

I wear jeans and flannel shirts to work in the winter and shorts and a T shirt in the summer. Never had a problem biking to work dressed how ever I like.

Of course it helps to be the boss. I:-)

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