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How to Stay Nice and Cool While Cycling to Work

With traffic patterns slowly getting worse every year and gas prices creeping upward, biking to work seems like a great alternative to driving. You can be less taxing on the environment, save money and get in shape.

Still, all these factors can fall short in the face of convenience. Instead of waking up earlier and preparing for a bike ride in a dozen ways, many of us chose to get dressed and turn the key in the ignition. Experience tells us, however, that the easiest way out isn’t always the best solution. Here are some solutions to issues that arise when biking to work.

Hydrate Heavily

It’s best to freeze your water or sports drinks during the day and let them thaw a bit overnight. A chilly water bottle leaving your house will taste like warm tap water 10 blocks into your ride, so keep drink super-chilly. You can put them in your office fridge to freeze over while you’re there, so you’ll have proper fuel for the ride back home.

According to consumerreports.org, cooling towels could help you along the way. Eduracool towels ($11.99-$41 on Amazon), endorsed by Dwayne Wade and Serena Williams, and competitor Chill-its towels ($10.50-$28 on Amazon) both have been proven to cool a person down during and after a workout. They just might make your rides a bit easier.

If you elect to pass on those products, one option is too freeze a slightly damp towel to wrap you head with on your ride. It will pay dividends on the way back home, when it will almost certainly be hotter than the morning.

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via Mission Athlete Care

What to Wear

Office clothing will always look like a wrinkled heap after even the shortest bike ride, so it’s best to keep professional wear at the office. Towing it on your commute isn’t a good idea, either. Save yourself some headaches and make use of local dry cleaning. Additionally, keep a few extra outfits at the job; you never know when a lunch time disaster will ruin your get-up right before a big-time meeting or an happy hour meet-and-greet.

Lock it Up

Fact: Most office buildings don’t offer bike storage, and you might not like the prospect of leaving your bike strapped to a sign only to hope it’s there when you punch out. The Bikes in Buildings program aims to make storing your bike at work easier. It allows tenants of office buildings to request bicycle access for their employees. In response to that request, a building owner must either grant access or request an exception from the New York Department of Transportation. The law only applies to buildings with a freight elevator. Likewise, it excludes buildings that aren’t primarily composed of offices.

Stay Fresh and Clean

The best solution after a ride, would be a shower at a nearby gym, but that would only make sense if you had a long ride. It’s unlikely that your job is next door to a gym, anyway. Baby wipes and wash cloths are the best bet.

The Route

Your bike route to work should be just long enough for a workout but not so long that it leaves you drenched. If the bike route is extra-long, consider driving part of the way there. Cutting the distance in half with a bus or train ride is a good option as well.

 

 

Watch Guide for the Budget Conscious

Nothing tops off an ensemble like a nice watch. A glimmer of a sharp watch face in a lounge or a nice splash of color in a bar can pull positive attention and get a conversation started. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend the equivalent of a mortgage to have a stylish, durable watch that will keep drawing stares for years to come. There’s a bevy of trustworthy websites and apps that sell high-quality watches at bargain prices. It should be noted that these sites hold temporary sales on watches, so their sale items change frequently. Comparable options will be available when the sale items below are gone. Here’s a few options listed below:

Groupon Watches

Akribos XXIV Men’s Multifunction Swiss Watch

Price: $59.99 Original Price: $525

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via Groupon

Akribos watches have a big-faced, strong profile and uses quality materials for their sunray dials, crystal-accented bezels and braided bracelets. Akribos implements handsome color paterns; whether you pick black face with gray band, blue face with gold band, or black face with black band, you can’t go wrong.

Adee Kaye Men’s Italian Design Automatic Skeleton Watch

Price: $74.99 – $89.99 Original Price: $495

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via Groupon

Adee Kaye watches are designed in Italy and feature square faces and genuine leather or stainless steel mesh bands. Numerals pop on the watch dial with blue on gold, gold on black or gold on blue numerals. Watching the mechanics of the watch through the skeletal frame is a nice touch, too.

Studer-Schild Sabin Men’s Chronograph Watch

Price: $99.99 Original Price: $1,299

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via Groupon

These chronograph watches feature 1/20th and 12-hour sub-dials, a date window and a handsome multi-textured face. The black dial-on black face and band setup would look right at home hanging out of the driver side of a sports car.

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Joshua and Sons Swiss Genuine Leather Strap Watch in Red

Price: $78.99 Original Price: $485

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via JackThreads

Now you can bet that you’ll stand out from a crowd of lady hunters wearing this awesome piece of wrist wear. Joshua and Sons has released another gem with this one; a see-through frame and angled second dial, plus a checkered face for both dials make it a must buy. The black leather band and red stitching pull everything together like Recaro seats in sexy coupe.

The Dual Time Stainless Steel Watch in Silver and Gold, Josha and Sons

Price: $132 Original Price: $745

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via JackThreads

The tasteful color pairing of gold and silver in addition to the arrowhead hands and Arabic numerals put this watch over the top. This timepiece would look just as good as an everyday office accessory as it would to pull together your three-piece suit or after-hours business casual ensemble.

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Price: $159 Original Price: $440

AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Chronograph Watch

Price: $129 Original Price: $725

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via JackThreads

This AVI-8 pays homage to the legendary Hawker Hurricane, a British single-seater fighter that was credited for 60 per cent of the Royal Air Force’s Victories in the Battle of Britain. White numbers on a black dial stand out well, and a second dial is lit up with the colors that the Hawker Hurricane made its mark wearing. The case is stainless steel with a black strap to finish the look.

Stuhrling Emperor Skeleton Dual Time Zone Watch

Price: $179 Original price: $725

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via JackThreads

This watches keeps you covered in two different time zones, just in case you obsess on planning ahead when you make long-distance flights. It features a skeletal set-up and tasteful blue accents in addition to a jewel-like background to Roman numerals. The black leather band in glossy, paired with gold-accented, stainless steel elements.

 

 

Lanvin Men’s RTW Spring 2015

Lucas Ossendrijver, head of the Lanvin ready-to-wear brand, said, “Men don’t change every season, even every year. What changes is their lifestyle.” This year’s RTW Spring collection is a celebration of equal part elegance and individuality. His ensembles push the professional approach of suits, yet they stay loose and move with the body, accentuating exquisite materials that are naturally high-priced.

A theme of fluidity seems to flow through most of the pieces in this collection; a thin belt often barely keeps a loose but smooth vest or button-down inline, stanchioned by slim but freely flowing dress pants. Later, close-cut jackets are offset by an unhinged vest and an eye-jarring collared shirt beneath it. The outfits that accompany his white pea coats and jackets scream authority and know-how. Moreover, the king of the lot is the ivory jacket with sharp flipped-up black leather cuffs to compliment a generously cut black leather collar. Oh, and the black ascot over a silky slick button-down is a nice bonus.

Lanvin’s new collection enables men to find a look that’s all their own without sacrificing a shred of quality or professionalism. Many looks exhibit the feeling of energy and urgency, instead of conventional rigidness and conformity.

Lanvin was the guest designer for H&M’s 2010 Winter Collection. In 2013, Lanvin became the official tailor of Arsenal FC, a London-based soccer club. Lucas Ossendrijver has been the head of men’s-ready-to-wear clothing since 2006.