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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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big fat and surprisingly icy drops of rain started falling just as i was leaving the house on my bike this morning. by the time i'd got the the bottom of the road it was bucketing down. there's something uniquely annoying about getting out of a nice hot shower into clean dry clothes only to be soaked to the skin and covered in road-dirt 5 minutes later.

so i rode in in sodden clingy chafing jeans with a wet wind-chill induced ice-cream-headache and grumpy grimace on my face.

on getting to work, red raw and dripping wet i discovered that there was queue for the showers and that i'd forgotten my usual spare dry set of pants and socks. i managed to get my socks more or less dry with the hair-dryer in the ladies showers but the pants were beyond help really. so i'm sitting here at work with my swimming trunks on under my trousers.

thing is, one of the girls in the office just came over and loudly accused me of leaving wet pants hanging in the showers (i moved them to the gents to be fair). what would she prefer that i hung them from a flag-pole by my desk? she narrowly avoided being told to eff off and grow up. luckily for her i'd just had my second coffee of the day and ice-cream headache had departed so i just smiled and nodded.

29th Apr 2008, 09:42   | tags:,,,,,

Shop at Aldi on Thursday morning if possible. They are selling good quality cycling specific clothing at silly prices. Don't cycle in Levis, it's neither big nor clever, and should be considered a crime against fashion and common sense. Take some work clothes in a separate, waterproof bag. You know it makes sense.

29th Apr 2008, 11:16

dookerdoo says:

haha. yeah i know i'm a fashion victim. i was dreaming of waterproof trousers halfway though this morning's soggy ordeal. i thought had ome somewhere for a bit... anyway i do keep my work clothes apart from a shirt at work. the shirt goes in a plastic bag in my waterproof timbuktu courier bag so that was all okay at least.

29th Apr 2008, 11:34

you should have sat there naked but for your nice dry shirt! My office will not even provide a shower, probably because I am the only cyclist there, but they should be encouraging people to cycle or walk to work, being the DWP... as a union rep I once had to represent a guy from another office, who was getting picked on cos his sweaty cycling clothes were stinking out the office. Eventually, after a lot of haggling, we got him a locker of his own away from the others. That was their concession. Companies go through the motions of "encouraging" people to cycle to work, but rarely address the associated problems.

29th Apr 2008, 12:04

dookerdoo says:

too true. i had arguments with my snobby boss at my old place (EDF) because he thought it was unprofessional to have sweaty cycling clothes in the office. fair enough but there were only 6 lockers between 250 people in that building, plus no changing rooms and only one shower. It's much better here at Network Rail, we've got underground guarded bike parking, his 'n' hers showers on every floor and even space to hang wet pants! the big boss man here is a cyclist too which helps. can't complain really.

29th Apr 2008, 12:23

that's cool.
bit of advice from the mojo cd: " keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, keep on the sunny side of life"!

29th Apr 2008, 12:55

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