Cycling in smart work clothes - the sartorial challenge
Cycling to work is pretty straightforward if it's your regular place of work; either keep your work clothes there or carry them with you, perhaps if it's somewhere you're working at occasionally and know there are decent facilities. If you wear casual clothes at work, no problem; it's easy to cycle in that sort of attire. I've been recently trying to travel to meetings using a combination of my folding bike and the train, often to places I've never been to. The cycling bits are usually pretty short, 2 miles max, but the snag is I feel I should be in a suit. Suits are my least cycling friendly bit of clothing and I get pretty 'cheesed off' if I mark them (dry cleaning bill)or worse, damage them. Also your regular cycling jackets don't really work; I wore a 3/4 length raincoat the other day which worked OK. My usual routine is to keep the tie off until required and try and allow a bit of time to 'compose myself' on arrival. I've looked at travel suits, which you can wash, but thought they might look a bit scruffy; also maybe to throw convention into the wind and go for a jacket and tie approach (with trousers that aren't dry clean). I have one made to measure suit and even thought about posing the challenge to a tailor, but that could be pricey. Any advice out there, or is it easier just to take the car?