Bike & Shirt dilema

Being a biker doesn’t mean that you cant look for work. :wink:

As a lot of us also use bikes to commute to work this means that when we arrive we must change out of leather /textiles and look presentable.

How do you manage this?

Do you carry your freshly ironed shirt in a backpack?
Do you wear your shirt under leathers/textiles?

what is the best way to make sure you don’t change into a scruffy/creased shirt?

Also are textiles better than leathers?

Suit, shirt, tie & shoes in a Kreiga back-pack. As long as the bag is not overstuffed (and the clothes inside a plastic bag if it’s really tipping it down) it all comes out looking fairly pristine.

Textiles, bought to be a bit on the loose side, worn over suit trousers and shirt (and tie if I’m feeling really formal). If I need a suit jacket, it goes in a bag in the topbox, together with work shoes.

“Changing” involves slipping the bike trousers and boots off, and taking bike jacket and helmet off. Takes about 2 minutes, tops, and you can do it anywhere.

I’ve gone to job interviews in this way before, and have got the job. In fact, the fact that I’d come by bike and had changed “from a courier to an office worker” in 2 mins in front of their receptionist (who, of course, will pass on this info to the rest of the office as part of her job description) made for an interesting conversational ice-breaker.

I carry the shirt in a tankbag and change somewhere convenient on the premises - there is no way you can keep a shirt clean while riding a bike, unless you can cover it up with something - the collars get unbeleivably filthy (as does my neck).

No. There’s no way to keep a shirt clean while riding a bike. Apart from the fact that I do it every day, as noted in the post immediately before yours :hehe:

that didnt make sense :ermm:

No, it didn’t. It’s possible that Sid and I could live in different universes, I suppose. Or that I’ve been suffering from a clean shirt hallucination for the last 5 or 6 years. Or that my high levels of natural electricity leave me so highly charged that I repel all known dirt and germs.

so in both universes

There’s no way to keep a shirt clean while riding a bike

lol :smiley:

Shirt underneath my textiles for me. Leather works too, but a the shirt gets a bit more wrinkly. When it’s cold I even fit a fleeze between the shirt and jacket and surprisingly it doesn’t seem to upset the shirt too much.

Trousers and shoes generally stay at work. When I change them or take them home I roll them up and stick it in the courier bag I use. Rolling up seems to work better than folding.

No. In my universe it’s perfectly possible to keep a shirt clean while riding a bike. This has, as my earlier post says, been possible in BB World over a period of years. In fact, I’m wearing a shirt today which has been ridden to work in for approx the last 5 yrs (obviously not every day. I change shirts at least once a week :wink: )

If you intend to go riding in Sid’s World, which is probably a lot nicer than mine in many ways that I can’t even begin to imagine, then the one thing to look out for is that your shirt won’t stay clean.

Perhaps you can ride to work in my world, and use Sid’s world for the route home.

Is that clean…I mean clear?

but in your original post you said : ‘There’s no way to keep a shirt clean while riding a bike’

so if: a) ‘clean’ in your universe means ‘clean’ then you agree with Sid
b) ‘clean’ in your universe means dirty then there is a way to keep a shirt clean i.e dirty
c) if your bike/scooter is traveling faster than light then your shirt will become a tshirt (since you jumped to the weekend) and so it is neither clean nor dirty

:blink: :satisfied:

+1 kriega is the way forwards.

I’ve just stopped using my kriega rucsac and im now using a kriega us10 tail pack, i’d recommend it, its a liberating feeling not having to have a ruc-sac attached to your back, i always found it a bit restricting!

Sorry, I just can’t help myself!!!

Sid said when riding a bike - not a scooter. Therefore Benelli Boy can keep his shirt clean on his scooter but Sid can’t on his bike.

Sorry scooter riders :stuck_out_tongue:

This is starting to resemble a philosophical debate! :w00t:

Maxi scooters were designed so office workers could get to work in style and comfort - tens of thousands of commuters do this every day in Rome, Paris and Barcelona. CBRs were not - it is very simple really.

Thank goodness I wear jeans and a T-shirt for work! :smiley:

+1My work trousers and shoes stay at work … ride in wearing shirt tie and textiles …On the creasing front … I’ve recently discovered the joys of starch … it’s a quid for a spray bottle and once you’ve got the bottle - you can refill it yourself … just a bit of water and cornflower and you are good to go.When I walked into work - I’d get a bit hot and bothered and my shirt looked like it’d been pulled straight out of the wash basket … but … with a quick spray of starch before running the iron over it … stayed crisp all day.

And … I tend to wear a set of cheap-o market thermals under my shirt and a neck-roll makes allllll the difference … just because work shirts are so thin …

I wear my uniform under textiles/leathers and I ride in near enough every day. Still has all the right creases and no extra ones

Just develop a reputation as a scruffy/eccentric bast*rd.

Once established, you can arrive wearing anything as long as it’s fresh and don’t smell.

Turned up to meetings with “my” MP wearing more and more odd clothing and aint raised a comment yet apart from “I don’t suppose this is good motorcycling weather”, as I dripped into the meeting in a T shirt and armoured fabric trousers with braces dangling carrying a very wet jacket.

Got better a couple of minutes later when the architect rocked up in soggy leathers.

The meeting concensus was that he was a silly bu**er for wearing leathers in that weather. Oh, and the project should go forward, “subject to finance being identified”.

Clothing is just another utility.