Sunday, January 16

Raggedy Ol' Bike

Bike Wash Used Purple Extreme Lubricant
Late last summer, when I rode the road bike in the Hotter 'N Hell 100, I'd just changed it over to bar end shifters after busting the Shimano SIS shifter. I'd had to deal with some significant aluminum corrosion in the frame and the bike looked pretty shabby next to all the megabucks carbon models that seemed to abound that weekend in Wichita Falls.

As sometimes happens, however, a song seemed to fit the weekend perfectly. In this case, it was the Johnny Cash song "Ragged Old Flag." In particular, the lines:

"...she's getting thread bare, and she's wearin' thin, But she's in good shape, for the shape she's in. Cause she's been through the fire before and I believe she can take a whole lot more." Raggedy ol' bike at the Hotter 'N Hell 100.

So, why this post, now? Well, walking around the day before the ride, I saw a bike wash and decided to treat the raggedy ol' bike to a wash and chain lube that it needed anyway. I've never used a bike wash before. Entirely by coincidence, Purple Traveller made a post earlier today about the very same lubricant the bike wash people used - Purple Extreme. It IS a good product - even on a raggedy ol' bike.

That Raggedy Ol' Bike's Been Through the Fire Before, and I Believe it Can Take a Whole Lot More


limom said...

Must resist urge to purchase(xpost)!

cycler said...

My bike could sure use a wash... Tough to do in 18 degree weather. I sluiced it down last week with a bucket filled at the kitchen sink to get the worst of the salt off, but it's due again.

Steve A said...

That reminds me - I have to wash Buddy before this weekend. If I was going to do it in 18 degree weather, I'd get a "waterless car wash" product from the auto parts store.

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