Chris Butner 
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Re: “The Reluctant Cyclist, part 2

A 4-6 mile flat bicycle commute does not require specific cycling clothes. It does require a new mind set, and a slight change in how you pedal. If you are sweating than you are pedaling too fast, or too hard. In Holland they would tell you to simply slow down your pace. Think about it you leave extra early to take a shower at work, and you carry extra clothes(additional weight causing you to sweat). Instead of leaving early to shower at work. Leave at the same time, but pedal at a more relaxed/slower pace to work. If you are not sweating, you don't need to take a shower.

Keep things simple, don't over complicate it. Think outside the box, and don't follow the mainstream stateside marketing. In Holland you don't see the ridiculous marketing that is present in the US. Perhaps you should subscribe to Momentum magazine, to change your perception on bicycle marketing.

I suspect you have some bicycle with drop type handle bars? Is that needed for a flat 4 mile commute? Maybe you need a more upright riding style, to influence your riding style. We are in a rural area, but we can still be a "urban bicycle people". More safe infrastructure will come in time, you can also relocate into Arcata, to enhance the quality of your commute(if it is that important to you).

You may want to see some of my work online, as my style is more "upright". The bottom of the article also includes a cool video. My advice is to change your perception on your bicycle style, if you want to deal with your sweat concerns. Ride in style, be more comfortable, feel more safe, and share a more positive/everyday perception of bicycle people. My site will also lead you to contact info to further this conversation, if you desire.

http://completestreetsadvocate.org/2014/05/04/holland-made-bicycle-comes-to-arcata/

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Posted by Chris Butner on 07/12/2015 at 1:33 PM

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