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Alternatives to showers at work

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  • Started 4 years ago by paddyirish
  • Latest reply from frippery13
  • poll: Would any of the following be viable?
    Cycle Slowly - Short commute : (10 votes)
    20 %
    Cycle Very Slowly - Long Commute : (3 votes)
    6 %
    Wet wipes : (7 votes)
    14 %
    Dry Shower Product : (0 votes)
    Use a municipal Shower facility close to work : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Other : (9 votes)
    18 %
    No, all medium sized and bigger employers should provide showers : (20 votes)
    40 %

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  1. gembo
    Member

    Travelled through Indonesia years ago, they have massive tubs of water in the toilets and people go into cubicle and wash themselves plenty. Very humid in those regions.

    I know a guy with sort hair. He never uses shampoo, he just wets it. I think about week two it is itchy but by week six, self cleaning. He cycles but not daily.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. unhurt
    Member

    I like to imagine that c. day 3 of a bike tour camping in places with no showers I still smell daisy fresh - but I suspect I've just gotten used to the ming. Still, useful for getting tables to oneself in cafes/pubs?

    That said, merino wool is genuinely magic. One day I'll have a head-to-toe outfit of the stuff! (Ladies of CCE - there are merino wool bras now, right?)

    Posted 3 years ago #
  3. chdot
    Admin

    "merino wool bras"

    Sounds like a market waiting to be niched.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  4. unhurt
    Member

    CCE branded underwear for the cycling inclined?

    Posted 3 years ago #
  5. sallyhinch
    Member

    @unhurt I think @SRD had tracked down some merino underwear

    Posted 3 years ago #
  6. unhurt
    Member

    Ta! Merino knickers / shorts I've seen but not a bra. I shall see what she can tell me!

    Posted 3 years ago #
  7. the canuck
    Member

    one of our students showed up for class on monday morning, reeking.
    he'd cycled to Skye on the weekend, and had just made it back into town that morning. he didn't want to be late, so arrived in the kit he'd worn since friday night.
    it was hi-tech quick dry stuff, but he hadn't washed it at any point, so, gag.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  8. the canuck
    Member

    icebreaker sells merino bras.
    in a world first, these are cheaper than their t-shirts.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  9. unhurt
    Member

    Yes, why are sports bras so expensive? I can (almost) understand why a cantilevered lace construction might require expensive engineering (one friend has described hers as "like the Forth Bridge but with frills") but I resent the amount of money per square cm I have to pay for something comfortable and reasonably supportive that won't stab me with a wire when I bend over...

    [/soapbox]

    Posted 3 years ago #
  10. fimm
    Member

    Good ones need to be well made bits of kit, to keep everything under control. (This from an irritating person who can get away with cheap sports bras from M&S because you need a microscope to find my bust. (I have spent cash on padded bras with extra padding, but I don't wear them very often.))

    Posted 3 years ago #
  11. the canuck
    Member

    i got mine years ago from a triathalon shop, and it's lasted so long because i generally wear a vest (or zilch) rather than a bra, only use the sports bra for bouncy stuff like kickboxing.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  12. the canuck
    Member

    when they start making them for men with moobs, i'm sure the price will go down.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  13. Greenroofer
    Member

    @the canuck: here's the evidence you need (different product, but the point is the same)
    http://road.cc/content/review/227895-assos-chamois-creme-womens-75ml

    "The unisex (suitable for men and women, says Assos, but listed on the website as 'men's') version has this menthol tingle factor and scent, the women's doesn't. One other difference is that the women's version costs £11 for a 75ml pot, while the men's is £13 for 140ml."

    According to my maths the women's version is 50% more expensive for no clear reason that I can see apart from the bright pinky purple on the label.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  14. Arellcat
    Moderator

    @unhurt, canuck, I've had a few of the Icebreaker merino knickers. I like them so much I've nearly worn them all out. I'd no idea they did a merino bra — it sounds wonderful!

    M&S used to do really good unwired sports bras, but last time I was shopping for them they only had wired ones. :( Like the canuck, I have a Protective cycling vest that I bought ages ago (like, 15 years) from EBC, and it's really very good.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  15. gembo
    Member

    @greenroofer, you know you can get pseudo sudocrem from Tesco for a pound that does the same job. The point of your anatomy where it needs to be applied is not bothered about menthol, gender or that much else.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  16. Greenroofer
    Member

    @gembo - I sense a new thread required. We'll leave this one that's nominally about showers, but is now actually about underwear and start a new one about chamois cream.

    Thread drift and thread bifurcation are two different things.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  17. PS
    Member

    Sudocrem is very good at preventing smells in my experience. On one camping trip/hiking trip I forgot to bring deodorant but had some sudocrem (for the prevention of foot rot). I applied the sudocrem to my armpits and, lo, all day hike and fragrance-free.

    Posted 3 years ago #
  18. frippery13
    Member

    This thread from company showers to bra.

    Posted 3 years ago #

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