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I'm entering the world of a business casual dress code. I don't expect to have facilities to change after my commute. What are your favorite brands, styles, shoes, etc. for business casual commute?

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Days like today (and most of the winter) I just change clothes in the bathroom.  

The only rough season is summertime because of how much you sweat.  

How stylish are you?

Most of the cycling clothes meant to be worn at the office still look a little "techy"...they arent going to look/fit as well as your normal work/dress clothes.  

Swrve is an option...but their stuff is more on the sporty side.  

Im personally a fan of Outlier...but even their pants are noticeably "sporty".   

Most people wont be able to tell because Chicago isnt really a stylish town.  

IMO a set of panniers and a bathroom are your best commuting accessories.

Wishing this was an actual commute...

For a moderate distance commute, you don't have to change much to ride in business casual. I've found you can ride in almost any top layers that you would normally wear to work, although I'd stay away from cheap polyester dress pants as they tend to not breathe. I generally prefer wool or linen pants, but cotton pants work. For base layers you'll want something wicking. I like Duluth Trading in hot weather, and will usually wear a wool or silk base layer in cold weather. I also prefer wool socks to cotton socks. For shoes I commute with platform peddles and wear normal shoes. Be careful if you wear leather soled shoes as some peddles have traction spikes that tear up the soles.

On my ride to the office, I thought of this thread... I think I am going to install a rack on the super commuter and add the old Vaude pannier (I only have the non-drive side, the side that is next to car traffic). Probably be a better option than wearing the backpack all the time. Also, it is bigger than the backpack, so when I need to capture groceries, I can carry them with ease.  

There are some relatively cheap pannier-type saddle bags that go over the rear rack and are connected in the middle. I like this setup for commuting. They just stay on the bike, and allow you to drop in any bag you like on each side. If you need to bring a nice briefcase or other bag, you just drop it in. Same for the unexpected stop at the store . They come with a big top flap that is waterproof an open and close with a single snap buckle. Very convenient.

What are some examples of this setup?   

I dont even know how to look this up.

HEre's an example.  I used this setup for a long time until I upgraded.  (Note I haven't used this specific product, just sharing as an example/visual)

I would echo the others that bike commuting is better without a backpack.  You get less sweaty, regardless of season.  And if you add a hi-viz vest, it still is visible.  But not a strict requirement.

Have fun!  Check in and let us know how it's going!

cycling in general is better without a backpack


Im totally over the backpack thing, so after 10 years of commuting ill be converting over to panniers. 

Good! It is not just about the discomfort from heat created by a back-pack. (Otherwise one might think they are good idea in a Chicago winter?)

Keeping one's center of gravity as low as possible makes for better handling resulting in a ride that is both safer and more fun.

Google "Dutch pannier bags" and you'll find examples.


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