Cycling to work

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Cycling to work

Postby shortclaud » 16 Jan 2019, 4:51pm

I'm not sure where to hang this post, but here goes.....
I've always cycled to work, and for me showers take too long. I find a sink, and have a quick scrub with a flannel. I'm dealing face-to-face with customers every day and must look presentable, and it works for me.
I may be able to influence the design of the changing facilities in the new building that replaces the one where I'm working, and am pressing for 'sinks with privacy' rather than multiple showers. The other person who works here does the same as me, but what does everyone else do? Am I just plain wrong in regarding showers as not what active commuters want?
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Re: Cycling to work

Postby thirdcrank » 16 Jan 2019, 4:58pm

My commuting days are long gone but I did so to a range of workplaces. Unfortunately, not all had showers. I'd say they are the best option if you ride any distance. I did once provide cover for a few days where there were no showers but there was a bathroom (in the English meaning of the word ie room containing a bath) in what had formerly been the superintendent's house. Now, that was time-consuming in comparison with a shower.

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Re: Cycling to work

Postby gbnz » 16 Jan 2019, 6:38pm

Showers and decent sized, secure lockers are worthwhile if you're commuting any distance. That said most of my commutes requiring a shirt & tie/ suit at the end , have been fairly short with somewhere secure enough to store a clean set of clothes and in that scenio, a sink has always been sufficient.

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Re: Cycling to work

Postby foxyrider » 16 Jan 2019, 7:14pm

Guess it depends whether you perspire a lot, change/wash clothing often etc, etc.

Personally i'd always push for showers, its not just cyclists that perspire after all! I've worked with people who even commuting by car are quite odourous by the time they reach work! There will be sinks whatever and putting in a shower will be no more expensive than a 'private' change/wash room.
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Re: Cycling to work

Postby whoof » 16 Jan 2019, 9:01pm

There are showers at work but sometimes there might be someone in there and I would have to wait and even if this isn't the case it takes a while to get to them shower and get back. Instead I've got a toilet cubicle nearby with a sink in it. Like you i use a flannel in this. Luckily I'm not a big sweater.

My commute is 20 km each way.

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Re: Cycling to work

Postby mediumbird » 16 Jan 2019, 9:33pm

I used to shower before I set off, then quick birdie bath at a sink when I got to work. Showers handy for other employees such as runners. I tend to sweat more running so would shower after that. I would therefore put showers in at workplaces to give options for the staff.

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Re: Cycling to work

Postby Redvee » 17 Jan 2019, 2:05am

In the summer I made use of the showers in work as I was arriving dripping in sweat not helped by the perspex roof of the cycle sheds. An inwork shower for me was in and out in 3 minutes and drying and putting on clean clothes took 4 times as long.

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Re: Cycling to work

Postby londoncommuter0000 » 18 Jan 2019, 5:16pm

shortclaud wrote:I'm not sure where to hang this post, but here goes.....
I've always cycled to work, and for me showers take too long. I find a sink, and have a quick scrub with a flannel. I'm dealing face-to-face with customers every day and must look presentable, and it works for me.
I may be able to influence the design of the changing facilities in the new building that replaces the one where I'm working, and am pressing for 'sinks with privacy' rather than multiple showers. The other person who works here does the same as me, but what does everyone else do? Am I just plain wrong in regarding showers as not what active commuters want?
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I can't imagine not having a shower when I get to work. I'm not customer-facing, but work in a large, open-plan office. With my backpack on, there is a huge expanse of sweat on my back, and simply changing T-shirts doesn't help that. Every morning into the office, I have a coffee and take my vitamin tablets, and then I'll wander over to the shower. Love it.
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Re: Cycling to work

Postby Bez » 18 Jan 2019, 5:28pm

I’d argue for at least one shower, and I can’t stand a flannel wash at a sink. Most people who ride a decent distance will want a shower (as I did this morning); some of those who only cycle a short way will still want one (as I used to every day when I’d get up, throw on some quick-drying shorts etc and have my shower at work—it meant I could get soaked by rain or sweat and not worry; much easier if cycling every day IMO); people who want to go for a run at lunchtime will want one; and I’m sure there are plenty of other cases whether or not they involve cycling.

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Re: Cycling to work

Postby Vorpal » 18 Jan 2019, 5:39pm

I think that some people like to shower, and other don't need to. I sweat quite a bit and prefer to shower when I get to work.

I think that the best would be a combination; some showers, and some sinks with privacy, or maybe cubicles that have both? When a former employer was in a similar position, they added a small locker area, a shower room with two showers, separated by curtains, and a nearby changing area with sinks, also separated by curtains. Both were connected to the locker area.

I think some people are put off active travel to work if they can't shower when they get there. We've had a couple of threads about it in the past.
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Re: Cycling to work

Postby brynpoeth » 19 Jan 2019, 4:47pm

I prefer a bath tub, like to spend a lot of time there, maybe I could get a waterproof keyboard and work in water
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Re: Cycling to work

Postby foxyrider » 19 Jan 2019, 8:13pm

brynpoeth wrote:I prefer a bath tub, like to spend a lot of time there, maybe I could get a waterproof keyboard and work in water


Can't understand why anyone would want to lie in a container of dirty water. And then claim they are clean, uuurrrggghhh!
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Re: Cycling to work

Postby brynpoeth » 19 Jan 2019, 8:23pm

foxyrider wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:I prefer a bath tub, like to spend a lot of time there, maybe I could get a waterproof keyboard and work in water


Can't understand why anyone would want to lie in a container of dirty water. And then claim they are clean, uuurrrggghhh!

You should try it. I love falling asleep, the water cools and I wake up, I let some out and add more hot water

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Re: Cycling to work

Postby mattsccm » 19 Jan 2019, 10:19pm

Showers cost more and need more work to install. A sink plus decent room to wash will do the same thing. Difference is in the head unless you can't reach your buttock.

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Re: Cycling to work

Postby foxyrider » 19 Jan 2019, 11:37pm

mattsccm wrote:Showers cost more and need more work to install. A sink plus decent room to wash will do the same thing. Difference is in the head unless you can't reach your buttock.


Not really, a shower will leave you refreshed, a wash will, well remove some sweat but I always still feel sticky if I can only wash. It's a one off cost to the employer, the benefits to staff morale far outweigh the extra few quid.
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