Clean-Up Tips for Bike Commuting

Homemade No-Rinse Body Wash

What You Need:

How-To:

  1. Fill bottle half way with water
  2. Add 1-2 fingers of alcohol (mix will smell mostly like alcohol)
  3. Add 2 good gobs of body wash (about 2 tsps worth)
  4. Close lid and lightly tilt to mix

There will be some suds, but mostly the mix will smell of alcohol with a light scent from the body wash.  The alcohol kills bacteria and helps the mix evaporate quickly.  When applied, it leaves a clean mist with a few suds.  I strip down, spray all over, rub down and then dry off with a sport towel.

Double Use Dry Shampoo

I’ve gone through a few dry shampoos and they work great.  I dry hair with a sport towel and then spray away, but a I’ve also started to use it to spray my feet/socks if they’ve gotten too damp from the morning dew or just plain sweaty.  Works great!

 

 

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OCD Guide to Beginning a Bike Commute

How I Prepared

I started simple and slow, just by pedaling around the neighborhood, 1-2 miles on a cruiser (Walmart brand, big seat)  just having fun, getting used to riding a bike again.  My confidence in stopping, getting on and off, turning, was VERY low.  Hell, I still can’t jump curbs!  After about a couple weeks fooling around, I decided I wanted a bike with handbrakes, and so I sold the cruiser on Craigslist, bought a Mountain Bike for 30 dollar difference and off I went.

I found a couple trails and on weekends would go with a friend to do maybe 3-5 miles total.  After a month, I made a goal to bike 5 miles everyday in February.  I met my goal and knew work was only 8 miles one way and was slowly building the idea of commuting.  Only problem was that though I felt my strength was growing quickly, I realized I was pedaling harder, but not getting much return.  It felt like I was pushing and getting no where.  I set my next goal:  change my bike and plan my commute.

 

Bike and Setup

I decided to get a hybrid bike.  It’s like a mountain …