I’ve had a real hanker’in to get over to an ‘Occupy’ event; but a busy work schedule precludes it. Seems the best I can do is ‘occupy’ my bike when I get home from the office, in an effort to stay fit.
But, I’m not just anybody’s fool (I’m the sole owner of this here fool)!
I’ve seen enough newsreels of occupiers getting the ole heave-ho due to uncleanliness (not to mention pooping on the sidewalk) to realize that I may face the same fate (the heave-ho) should my chosen ‘occupy’ location (my bike) slide into a state of slovenliness.
Thus, this short tutorial on keeping a bike clean!
Not too long ago I had a problem getting the shifters on my mountain bike to work correctly. Obviously, the problem was far too complex for this mere chiropractor/bike rider, so I hustled the bike over to the local bike shop.
Low and behold…my bike was suffering from a severe case of ‘no-wash’em-syndrome’.
Who would have guessed that all of that mud build-up between the seat tube and front shifter could be the culprit? Certainly not this knucklehead.
Anyway…here’s to keeping our bikes clean. With the increased amount of mud, blood, and guts that accumulate on winter roads, our bikes could use a good cleaning
now and then regularly.
I’ve embedded a video below of a pro mechanic from team BMC, courtesy of Bicycling.com, so that you can see how the big-shots get their already clean bikes cleaner (could they be the one percenters?). There are some very good points in the video, as well as in the linked-to article.
Be forewarned, watching the mechanic wash down the team bike is a bit like watching a juggler perform his craft with no balls. Since the bike is already squeaky clean, it comes off as a superfluous activity.
Of course, should the bike mechanic not wash an already clean bike, he’d soon be struggling to de-grease a chain that actually has grease on it. He’d be in the same boat us mere mortals occupy…
Here’s to enjoying the video!
- Chain-L: The Best Chain Lube You Probably Are Not Using (kentsbike.blogspot.com)
- Bike mechanic pedals his workshop to clients’ homes (gizmag.com)