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Carry daily clothes

Postby Harp » Tue Jan 29, 2013 16:12 pm

I've been commuting for 10 years or so and have the luxury of having a locker where I work in which I keep a dozen shirts / 4 pairs of trousers , some shoes etc. My wife works in the same place and she brings my clothes in by car which I then hang in my locker.
I'm going to be moving to a new location and will not have a locker or a wife to bring my stuff in.

I don't need to wear shirt / tie etc but like to be smart.
Any of you guys in the same predicament that could offer some advice as to how to carry clothes daily ?

Will be 17 miles each way so it need to be waterproof
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby InkZ » Tue Jan 29, 2013 16:18 pm

I use a carradice saddle bag.

Only issue is shirts can be a bit creased, so if you can take them in advance and hang them for a couple of days, it helps.
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby zx6man » Tue Jan 29, 2013 16:19 pm

My mrs works same place too. I bring a weeks worth in, No locker, just folded in drawers, although its just jeans and t-shirts.
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby goonersi » Tue Jan 29, 2013 16:39 pm

I bring my clothes in once a week in a rucksack and then take the dirty ones home the same day. Not a shirt & tie job, so a couple of pairs of jeans and some polo shirts. They live under the desk in an archiving box until needed.

As for transporting them - I try and pick a dry day, but if wet, then I have a waterproof cover for the rucksack, but stil double up with carrier bags inside!
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby Danlikesbikes » Tue Jan 29, 2013 17:08 pm

Harp wrote:I've been commuting for 10 years or so and have the luxury of having a locker where I work in which I keep a dozen shirts / 4 pairs of trousers , some shoes etc. My wife works in the same place and she brings my clothes in by car which I then hang in my locker.
I'm going to be moving to a new location and will not have a locker or a wife to bring my stuff in.

I don't need to wear shirt / tie etc but like to be smart.
Any of you guys in the same predicament that could offer some advice as to how to carry clothes daily ?

Will be 17 miles each way so it need to be waterproof
Thanks.


Had the same thing - now I just keep a box (think we bought from Ikea) under my desk with pants, socks, shoes & trousers folded up. Then just hang my shirts on hangers under the desk too, in my draws are my ties, cuff links & toiletries. Just leave my suit jacket on a hanger on the coat rack. I then just drive to the office once every 2 weeks and replace the shirts, pants, socks & trousers & take the worn clothes home with me every day in a small rucksack that I carry all my food in.
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby zx6man » Tue Jan 29, 2013 17:13 pm

I have thought about the "no clothes approach at work" but don't think it would go down too well.
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby shouldbeinbed » Wed Jan 30, 2013 00:03 am

rolling shirts makes for less creases than traditionally folded
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby Flubsterunited » Wed Jan 30, 2013 00:30 am

+1 on the rolled shirts, and jeans/trousers for that matter!
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby fatsmoker » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:51 am

I bring shirt and trousers, undies and spare socks every day in a pannier bag. Roll rather than fold the shirt and trousers. They don't weigh much.
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby nehal » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:31 am

Rolling also allows you to pack more efficiently I find so you may be able to take everything (or a few days worth atleast) in your bag. Although I guess it depends how much you worry about additional weight. Shirts are pretty light, trousers could be quite dense e.g. jeans.
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby Harp » Thu Jan 31, 2013 15:02 pm

Thanks guys
The rolling and keeping stuff under my desk in a box is a good :idea:
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby Kieran_Burns » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:17 am

Danlikesbikes wrote:Had the same thing - now I just keep a box (think we bought from Ikea) under my desk with pants, socks, shoes & trousers folded up. Then just hang my shirts on hangers under the desk too, in my draws are my ties, cuff links & toiletries. Just leave my suit jacket on a hanger on the coat rack. I then just drive to the office once every 2 weeks and replace the shirts, pants, socks & trousers & take the worn clothes home with me every day in a small rucksack that I carry all my food in.


Hang on, hang on - you have 2 WEEK old underpants under your desk?????? :shock: 2 WEEKS?????

Do you get increasingly less visitors in a 2 week cycle? After 7 days do people start getting the gas masks out???
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby t4tomo » Fri Feb 01, 2013 17:12 pm

Kieran_Burns wrote:
Danlikesbikes wrote:Had the same thing - now I just keep a box (think we bought from Ikea) under my desk with pants, socks, shoes & trousers folded up. Then just hang my shirts on hangers under the desk too, in my draws are my ties, cuff links & toiletries. Just leave my suit jacket on a hanger on the coat rack. I then just drive to the office once every 2 weeks and replace the shirts, pants, socks & trousers & take the worn clothes home with me every day in a small rucksack that I carry all my food in.


Hang on, hang on - you have 2 WEEK old underpants under your desk?????? :shock: 2 WEEKS?????

Do you get increasingly less visitors in a 2 week cycle? After 7 days do people start getting the gas masks out???


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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby Godders1 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 13:26 pm

I use a carradice saddle bag with the bagman support. Expensive but bomb proof, will last many years and surprisingly waterproof too.

Easy iron shirts crease a lot less.
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby Benjo74 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:20 am

I manage it just about with two rear panniers. In one I put my shoes and clean towel (at the start of the week), undies and socks and a carefully folded pair of trousers on top. In the other I put a carefully folded suit jacket and a carefully folded shirt (same kind of folded as you see on shop shelves). This way neither pannier bag is full, which feels a bit like overkill for what I carry, but it means the shirt and suit aren't that creased when I get to work (8 mile ride).

When I get there, I shake out some of the creases in the shirt and hang it up while I shower. By the time I'm at my desk it is acceptable. That said, I'd be keen to hear a better solution as I fancy a pannier-free ride in, but rucksacks for me always result in creased clothes.

I used to work at a place with a nearby shirt laundry service. I could drop off a batch of shirts and they would wash and iron them for about £1.50 each. I could also hang them in the office so they were good to go each morning, but the new job means nowhere to keep them, so I have resorted back to taking in daily shirts. Not ideal, but I get over it.
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby CookeeeMonster » Thu Feb 07, 2013 13:04 pm

Benjo74 wrote:I manage it just about with two rear panniers. In one I put my shoes and clean towel (at the start of the week), undies and socks and a carefully folded pair of trousers on top. In the other I put a carefully folded suit jacket and a carefully folded shirt (same kind of folded as you see on shop shelves). This way neither pannier bag is full, which feels a bit like overkill for what I carry, but it means the shirt and suit aren't that creased when I get to work (8 mile ride).

When I get there, I shake out some of the creases in the shirt and hang it up while I shower. By the time I'm at my desk it is acceptable. That said, I'd be keen to hear a better solution as I fancy a pannier-free ride in, but rucksacks for me always result in creased clothes.

I used to work at a place with a nearby shirt laundry service. I could drop off a batch of shirts and they would wash and iron them for about £1.50 each. I could also hang them in the office so they were good to go each morning, but the new job means nowhere to keep them, so I have resorted back to taking in daily shirts. Not ideal, but I get over it.


Expensive but it'll keep your suit crease free if you still wanna go the rucksack route: http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/wingman-suit-bag-review/
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby The Rookie » Thu Feb 07, 2013 14:04 pm

Due to work needs I have to drive to work at least once a fortnight, so keep enough clothes under my desk to cover that time.....
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby edhornby » Thu Feb 07, 2013 14:34 pm

there are videos on youtube with lessons on how to fold a suit jacket
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby alidaf » Thu Feb 07, 2013 16:35 pm

I have a revolution rucksack that I carry my grundies, trousers, top and a spare pair of socks in case I get wet on the way in, plus lunch and some work stuff. I also carry in a fresh towel and flannel on the first commute of the week. I leave a pair of shoes at work because I only use them for work. I actually walk around the office in my socks unless it is cold! I don't wear cotton shirts so have no problem with creases.

I toyed with the idea of bringing in more to leave in the office but don't have much of a problem with the weight every day. Hopefully it will make me faster when I'm not wearing a rucksack!
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Re: Carry daily clothes

Postby agg25 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 15:19 pm

I take a Camelback Hawg (which has a waterproof cover inbuilt) every day with some pants, jocks, socks, shirt in. Only weighs about 4kg with everything in it inc bike spares, phone/wallet etc. Simples.
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