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So here is the deal. I have friends who cycle from time to time, tour around cities by simply using their bike, moving around with their tent, and just any other weird stuff you can think of as long as it involves touring with a bike.

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They live like nomads just for the fun of it, and after a month or thereabouts, they return back to their normal life.

One simple question I ask on their return is not just how their touring felt, but rather, how they were able to keep up with their personal hygiene in such a nomadic setup, and their answers were quite shocking and surprising, to say the least.

Here is what they had to say, and I hope their answers will provide you with insights on how to stay clean anytime you decide to tour a state on a bike.

1. Beaches

According to Martin Buckler, who happens to head the team anytime they go out on such expeditions, he said they prefer camping near beaches during nightfall due to the abundance of water the beach provides.

I know some y’all might cringe at the prospect of bathing in salty water, but according to Martin, it proves to be more refreshing especially when you consider cycling for over 8-hours, and how tired the muscles can get under such conditions.

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2. Sport facilities

No place can be as welcoming as a sports facility welcoming its own.

According to Martin, the team is usually given a hero’s welcome anytime they stop by at a sports facility to shower.

Sport facilities also have changing rooms and the sorts, although they didn’t go too far to ask for permission to sleep in the changing rooms, they were allowed to pitch their tents in the open field before counting on their journey.

So look out for a sports complex in any town you stop by, and you can be almost certain to be allowed to take your bath at least.

3. Rivers and lakes

This should be an easy decision for you to make, and fortunately, Martin agrees.

Take advantage of every lake or river you come across because you never know where you might find the next one.

Please endeavor that you use only biodegradable soaps to take your bath in such water bodies so that you don’t harm the organisms living in them.

4. Gas stations

I know this might sound creepy, but certainly not to Martin and his team of cyclers.

Stopping at a gas station to take a bath might not always go down well with the managers, but if you can calmly explain yourself, the manager will surely give the green light, but try purchasing a thing or two from the mini-mart just to return the favor in the little way that you can.

5. Using water sacks

This is usually the last resort for Martin and his crew anytime there aren’t any of the options stated above.

Carrying water adaptors in a dromedary bag is a good option to consider according to Martin, and all that is required of you is to fill it up anytime you come in across a large water outlet, then simply look for a spot to take your bath before setting out camp.

6. Motels

Martin didn’t make mention of this but I decided to chip this in.

You can also take advantage of cheap motels to take your bath and also wash your cloth, except of course you are all out for camping, and camping only just like Martin and his crew, and if that’s the case, kindly throw this idea in your trash bin.

Thank You!

Well, if you are among the normal cyclers like myself, and you’re wondering what routine to follow after a long bike ride, the next piece of information in this article is for you.

What should I do after a long bike ride?

I use to simply head to the bath after every cycling exercise, then head straight to my bed to sleep out the tiredness, then I got to realize that to get more from our daily exercise routine, we have to do more than just take a bath and head for the pillows.

Here is what I mean;

1. Eat something

Like it or not, you are bound to be exhausted from cycling, and one of the things associated with it finishing your cycling routine is hunger.

Try and eat as much as you can, but be careful so that you don’t replace the calorie you just burnt away, especially if you are conscious of your body weight.

A fruit salad is a good way to start.

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2. Have internet data for your run

It’s important you upload your running statistics online, not just for the sake of uploading it, but so that other runners can be inspired by your speed and progress, and you can be also inspired by theirs.

A good way to go about this is to track your run by using an iPhone watch or the Samsung Smartwatch that carries out similar functions. 

3. Have a good sleep

Having a good rest after cycling is as important as the activity itself.

Try resting as soon as the opportunity avails itself.

You don’t even have to force it because in most cases, it naturally comes on its own due to the power expended by the muscles.

Don’t try doing office work or any other kind of brain or physical activity after racing, it’s just not ideal, to say the least.

4. Don’t liter your entrance with bike gears

Yeah, I know that feeling of just throwing my cycling gears around and wanting nothing else but a cold bath, but noting can damp your moods like a spouse who insists you put your gears in the right place or the next place you’re likely to see them will be the thrash (I dared her once, and she carried it out effortlessly).

To avoid such, just take the little time required to put things in the place they need to be without being told otherwise.

It saves everyone a lot of emotional stress, trust me.

5. Have a shower

I know I shouldn’t have to remind you of this but some cyclists skip having their shower and jump straight to their couch or even their bed.

That can be very disgusting, to say the least.

No matter how exhausted you are, try as much as you can to take a shower before hitting the sheets so that you don’t soil your couch or your bedspreads with unwanted sweat or anything of that sort.

6. Wash your cycling gears immediately

This is important especially if you own just a pair of cycling gear which includes shorts and T’s.

You are less likely to remember to wash your cycling gears after the day you use them due to other activities that crowd up your daily schedule, so take out a minute or two and dunk your gears into the machine (as long as they are washable).

It will save you a lot of embarrassment and discomfort when next you have to use them.

7. Clean your bike

I know this might not be for everyone, but I personally cycle better when my bike looks the par.

Take out time, probably after you are well rested (that’s when I clean mine) to clean your bike and make it shine like new.

Just like washing your gears, you are likely not to remember after that day. 

8. Get a massage

This shouldn’t sound off the pace with you, but try as much as you can to get a massage especially in your lap region – this will help ease the tendons and muscles in those areas, and also allow your blood to flow easily into these regions.

Things I shouldn’t do after a cycling

If there are things to do after cycling, then there are also things to avoid after cycling.

I know I spelled out some of them in the section above, but I hope this segment hits the nail right on the head accordingly.

1. Don’t bring your cycling to an abrupt end

Cycling is quite different from running, and when it comes to cycling there is what we call the “cool down role” – the “cool down” as explained by Dr. Michael Ross who is based in Philadelphia, allows the muscles to move without any form of resistance, which helps to clear out the lactic acid from the muscles.

Skipping this process will open you to the risk of blood pulling in your legs as well as allowing lactic acid to build up which can cause you to be dizzy.

After cycling, try stopping at a certain distance away from your house, and complete the rest of the journey on foot.

This will help to improve the blood circulation as you take those magnificent steps of yours. 

2. Avoid junk foods

For those who cycle to watch your weight, I don’t have to tell you how important this is – don’t put back the calories you just burnt away because you’re hungry.

Try as much as you can to avoid foods containing calories. 

According to Dr. Guzman “fat slows up digestion, and you should know that proteins and carbs are very important for muscle recovery”.

She suggests having potatoes and lean chicken, not the one containing a lot of fat so that the food can be easily digested. 

3. Clean your bike!

I did make mention of the importance of cleaning your bike, but as I said in the opening remark of this segment, I have to hit the nail on the head.

A-Pro mechanic has acknowledged that the bicycles that come through his workshop, which happen to be in the worst shapes are the ones that are not cleaned properly. 

Allowing mud to dry up on your bike, especially after you finish a muddy terrain course can have damaging effects if you don’t handle it on time.

Dried-up mud is way harder to clean than wet mud, so always do yourself the favor by using the hose to get rid of as much mud as you while it’s still wet, while you still can!

Unless you have repair money stashed up somewhere.

Also, endeavor to wash your gears in general. 

4. Don’t remain in your cycling kit for too long

Personally, I have fallen into this trap, where I simply come back from cycling, head for my refrigerator, grab a cup of smoothie, and get busy with something else without even remembering to take off my cycling kit until I suddenly start to feel itchy and uncomfortable – and that’s when it dawns on me that I have been wearing them for too long.

Wearing your kits for too long can cause saddle sores, especially if you’re not active in motion.

Drop your cycling kit in the shower as soon as you step into the house, and try to avoid anything else that can distract you from cleaning up as soon as possible.

Here are some FAQs you might have about cycling below. Kindly let me know in the comment section if you have any questions or further add to what has been shared in this article.

Is it okay to take a bath after cycling?

Lol… I really don’t know why anyone will ask this question, but unless you are cool with developing a body odor or a heat rash, then YEEEESSSSSS!!!!

It is okay to take a bath after cycling.

No matter how tired you are, let it lead you to the bathtub.

Where can I go to take a free shower?

Except you are going on a statewide tour, I strongly recommend you use your own bathroom – but if you still insist on a free bath spot – I did mention a few in the first segment of this article, but I will be giving you a quick summary.

  • Lakes 
  • Rivers
  • Streams
  • Gas stations
  • Sport complexes
  • Beaches 

Most of these sources are natural, so endeavor to go with a biodegradable soap so that you harm the living creatures who have made your bath source their home.

Where can I go to take a shower near me?

There are certain places you can go take a shower near you apart from the sites listed above, and some of them include the following;

  • Look for a campground with showers
  • Look out for local health clubs and recreational centers. Some of these spots will let you use their space by simply providing an email address, yeah you heard right, an email address.
  • Check around for a public shower or a mountain bike wash. These areas have water you can easily use to rinse off dirt, although not as thorough as it would be if you own a bathroom.
  • Get a pocket shower. They are very reliable and can be easily carried about without much stress. Click here to see what I mean.
  • Make friends new friends in the area you find yourself in. You can simply ask a hiking colleague who lives in the area, or simply ask the inhabitants who stay around – I am sure there would be nice ones around.

Can you just go to a hotel to shower?

Hmmm… well, some might allow you to use the room for a few hours, but I haven’t really had the experience of renting a hotel room just for the showers.

Although I don’t doubt the possibility, it all depends on how you relate with the receptionist – but one thing I know for sure is that it won’t be free – you probably have to drop a tip or something of that nature, at least to say thank you.

How To Bathe When Camping – Conclusion

Good hygiene is as important as getting fit – so never neglect the fact that you have to properly clean up to get the full package of what your workout has to offer.

Clean up, smell nice, feel refreshed, eat properly, and above all… Don’t stop cycling!

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