I’ve always been a biker. Growing up in the country, it was how I got to friends’ houses. It was my escape when life wore me down or I just needed to feel like I could fly. A lot of things change when you grow up, but my love for cycling continues to blossom.
When I landed a job 2.1 miles from my house over a year ago, I couldn’t wait to show up to work every day on two wheels, come rain/sun/wind/snow. The only downside? Figuring out how to show up on time and still look cubicle-ready. It took some bad outfits and a few shiny foreheads to figure it out, but I can safely say I’ve perfected my cubicle look post-bike commute. It isn’t perfect per se, but hopefully it’ll help a fellow commuter avoid an unwanted muddy backside.
Levi’s Commuter Series
When I came across the Levi’s Commuter Series, I fell in love a little. Pants that make biking super easy and also presentable for that 9 a.m. meeting, paired with long-in-the-back button-up shirts, you may never need another bike commute outfit again.
I’ll admit, my hair is typically piled atop my head in a messy bun. But when cycling, my curly mass doesn’t fit underneath the shell of protection I’m highly encouraged to wear very well. When I’m headed to work, and running late, I quickly braid my hair to the side, wrap it around a low bun and head out the door. It may not be runway ready, but at least it’s 9-5 grind ready.
Powder for touch-ups
If there’s one thing I like about winter, it’s the fact that I don’t show up to work a sweaty mess — just slightly in need of a thaw. When I walk into the office on blistery July mornings, with my forehead a bit on the shiny side, I reach for a small compact of face powder. It’s not a permanent solution, but at least no one will see their own reflection during that 10 a.m. creative session.
No one likes back sweat, right? Here’s one way to avoid it: get yourself some panniers. No longer will you show up to work with a sweaty back or an ache in your shoulder. So throw in your lunch, your afternoon book and that stack of papers you’ve been meaning to fill out and roll your way out the door.
If there is one thing worse than a sweaty back, it’s a dirty one. It might make you stand out in a crowd, but you don’t want to be known as ‘dirt-line-up-her-back girl,’ although that does have a ring to it. To avoid this catchy one liner, head over to the local bike shop and install a rear fender. Some even come in cool colors or wood. Practical and pretty? Hook me up!