Now that it is prudent to try to avoid (overcrowded) public transportation and that local initiatives in favor of urban cycling seem to be picking up pace, it may be the right time to make up your mind and commute by bike, and start the day with that good energy that you get when you’re on the two wheels.
If we are on the same page, surely you must be considering what clothes you should wear to be comfortable while pedaling and, at the same time, get to the office and look good. Here are some clues:
The helmet. It is a must. Around here we love this one from Closca. It is nice and foldable, so you can store it more easily.
Clothing. Several factors come into play here. An important one is how much distance you are going to travel, because if it is a short trip, your usual clothes with good shoes like Libertad Avenue, can help you pedal 15-30 minutes and arrive looking good.
If you are going to work in a suit, we recommend buying (if you don't already have them) some clips for the pants. Use a wide raincoat to put on over if it rains, and consider carrying the most "delicate" garments in a separate bag so you can change clothes when you arrive. You can also have a clean pair of shirts always in the office, in a very “Mad Men” style.
Speaking of bags for you bicycle, ours include a hooking system to hang them on the bike rack like a saddlebag and thus free you from the weight/heat on your back.
In winter, dress in layers. If you wear a very thick outerwear, you are sure to be hot after 3 minutes of pedaling. Layers are ideal for winter. In summer, dress as lightly as possible, let the air flow.
This is the key. Go slow, you are not in a race. Shift down a couple of gears, set off a little earlier if you have to. Enjoy the journey calmly and this is how you will avoid sweating.
We'll see you on the streets!