Bicycle Commute With A Suit

Bicycle Commute With A Suit

Cycling to work poses one big challenge: very few jobs will let you wear bicycle shorts all day. Instructables user Beau Jones has a neat packing system for taking a full suit to the office.

Jones sorts his work clothing into three bundles, as shown in the above photo. His suit, shirt and tie goes into a clothing travel organiser (such as the Eagle Creek Pack-It which keeps the clothes wrinkle-free. Shoes, socks belt and toiletries go into a shoe carrier bag, and there’s also a towel for drying off. Put all of that in a waterproof backpack and you have a pretty comprehensive system.

How do you manage cycling to work and dressing to impress? Tell us in the comments.

How to Bike Commute with a Suit [Instructables]


  • Leave trousers and shoes (and suit jacket if desired) at work, roll up and bring a fresh shirt each day in the backpack, and hang it up while you have a nice hot shower at work. The steam magically unwrinkles many fabric blends. Don’t forget fresh socks and underwear.

    A lot of people go down the $2.50 shirt laundering option at the local dry cleaners figuring they’re still ahead compared to the public transport ticket.

  • I just cycle to work in the suit. It’s great in winter, but summer can be a bit trying.

    God willing, one day our office will have somewhere to store clothing.

  • I bike commute to work. My formula is a little simpler. I get a life in with the wife on Monday mornings, and take with me 4 shirts and other bits for the week. (Socks / undies / fresh towels etc etc). I leave my work shoes in my bottom desk draw so i dont have to worry about them. When I get to work I grab the bag from under my desk, hit the showers and then im sorted. I picked up the Eagle Creek pack-it over the weekend, it looks good.

  • I bike 4 days, drive 1. I take 4 shirts/trousers on my drive day and store them in my locker along with my toiletries. I have a few pairs of shoes, rotating the ones that stay at work. My backpack just has my lunch and a pair of socks and jocks. I keep a spare pairs of jocks/socks at work just in case I forget to pack them!

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