For commuting cyclists a question I’ll commonly hear is:
“How do you carry your suit in to work when you are riding a bike?”
There are a few different solutions.
1. Take it in by public transport and leave it at work
The first option is to leave the bike at home once per week and simply wear or carry your suit. However, this isn’t an ideal option as it’s a shame to miss out on a day of cycling. Plus, not everyone will have space at work to leave a few different suits in a locker.
2. Use a suit bag
There are a number of different suit bags available to cyclists. Here are three popular ones.
Slicks Suit25 – £132
Chris Askew, a London cyclist, came up with the design for the Suit25 bag after he was having problems getting his suit in to work. I’ve posted my first impressions on the Slicks Suit25 here. The bag is an impressive piece of kit. So much so, that my house mate has been borrowing it almost continuously.
- Wateproof cover
- Fits in laptop
- Can also fit in your shoes, lunch etc.
Available from Slicks website: http://www.slicks.cc/suit25
Henty Designs Wingman – £115.49
The Wingman is a new bag by Henty Designs. It’s designed to help you carry your suit in to work. I really like the throw over the shoulder design of this bag, as well as how quick it is to unfold it and then hang it up.
- Space to fit an iPad
- Waterproof cover included
- Additional bag that fits inside the roll for your shoes and so forth
- Don’t need to fold your suit in half – just needs to be rolled around the rigid structure of bag.
I’ve met one of co-founders of the Wingman (Jon Gourlay) who introduced me to the product and I’ve reviewed the bag here.
SuitSak – £65
With a very wide design, the SuitSak is not something that would instantly appeal to me. However, it does have the most competitive price point.
- Space to fit your laptop
- Space for your shoes, lunch etc.
- Only need to fold your suit in half
Available from Suitsak.com
3. Wear your suit on your bike
There’s also nothing to stop you wearing your suit on your bike. This is generally easier on certain bike types. Boris Bike style bikes for example have chain guards and a relaxed riding position. This means you don’t get your suit caught in the chain and you don’t stretch the trousers.
How do you carry your suit in to work? Leave a comment below.
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