What with three other urbanMamas going low-car, I've been giving thought to switching to a bike commute, maybe once a week or so. But it's one thing to commute from close-in to downtown and quite another to go from close-in to Gresham, so it's taking me a while to work out the kinks (especially with carrying a baby in a trailer!). One thing that I don't have to consider too much is how to dress once I get there. Luckily at work we have individual bathrooms with sink and mirror, so freshening up isn't too hard to do. Along with spare clothes, I would pack a washrag, some soap, and a small hand towel. To be honest at my workplace they probably wouldn't notice if I dressed in pajamas, so I don't have that much appearance to keep up. In a pinch, after a run, I might use one of those instant facial soapy rags to wash up. Suzame is about to jump back into the working mama pool and asks this question of other bike-commuting mamas:
After nearly a year off I'm returning to work full time (Yay! and Boo-hoo! all at the same time). My patience during the search resulted in me landing a job downtown, just slightly two miles from my house in NE. I'm excited (and nervous) about joining the ranks of Portland's bike commuters, and plan on finding a workshop to get tips on how to make the ride safe. (I'm a bit nervous about riding in traffic down Broadway and back, but it's the quickest route for me.)But what I REALLY want to know is -- how you show up for work looking good? I already got my hair chopped off so that it'll always look stylishly mussed (at least, I hope so). It's a short ride (maybe 10 minutes) and most of it is flat, so I don't anticipate working up too much of a sweat. But I'm definitely showering at home and doing make-up before I leave, and hopefully either arriving at work with a quick change of clothes or wearing my work clothes during the ride. But that depends on me finding decent business casual clothes that I don't mind biking in. I'd love to hear from other mamas who ride their bikes to work -- how do you do it and manage to look pulled together all day?
Do you have any fashion tips for the biking working mama?