Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Are you like me and quite a few others? We want to ride to work more often, but need to be fresh and presentable for the public, making a shower at the end of the trip vital. However the place where we work doesn't have those facilities and (because it's a small business or the boss is too ignorant) a shower system built into the work place just isn't going to happen.
I'm currently developing a solution to this problem in the form of a self contained shower system that doesn't need to be hooked up to any plumbing, provides privacy to get changed and can all securely store your bike when the shower is complete.
Would be happy to get feedback from other cyclists out there who have had similar problems. What ideas and features would you consider to be the most important when designing something like this to suit a wide variety of needs?
Regards - Phil
Not come up with anything inovative enough yet to fit on my bike, however something you could lock your bike up inside of, out of sight has been looked at.
So what sort of facilities does your boss provide? Where abouts?
Was this on the new inventors? They had a stand-alone system on there once.
Is this going to be a portable dunny type of thing?
No it hasn't been on the new inventors. The one I've seen on there took up about three car parking spaces, had permanent plumbing and electricity and must have cost topside of $10000 per unit to install.
I can't imagine any boss with a staff under 20 cycle commuting people would consider that type of investment.
I'm still formulating ideas/researching exactly what form mine will take. However I'd imagine it would have to be under $1000, look unobtrusive and be self contained.
As I said before, I'd be interested to hear what some other people think an ideal solution would be for them.
I'm still at the stage that I can include ideas and modify my design if it needs to be
I'm lucky to have worked in most work places with shower facilities and offices that promote cycling to work with dedicated bike parking. But I once have worked in a inner Melb. office with a small crew & no showers. I ended up using the city baths in the morning, buy a ten ticket pass ( reasonably priced) and change & ride to work the remaining 2 blocks. Problem was when raining, I ended up walking to work with bike & umbrella.....not a good solution. I've always thought, the state govt or local councils dhould have ride to work abulutions similar to country camping facitilities, where you drop a few coins & have the ability to shower & change.
Good to hear everyone's feedback so far. Especially because just about everything people have mentioned is a problem I've come across before and contemplated a solution to.
The basic concept I have in mind sounds like it would fix most of these problems so there won't be a need to go back to square one.
Keep your thoughts coming.
Yes wipes can be a solution, but like you hinted at, nothing like having a proper, fully immersed and totally washed off shower to remove any residue of sweat and sense of only being 'half' clean