I originally posted about the Summer Games 2 contest on the Grease Rag blog here. I am going to be blogging about my participation in Let's Go Ride a Bike's Summer Games 2. Check out my first post on "Social Cycling," and get inspired to try something new!
The second set of challenges involve "Learning Experiences." From June 7- June 27 the challenges were to:
- Perform a maintenance task- big or small!
- Decorate your bike
- Read a book about cycling
- Carry a load on your bike- Groceries, etc.
- Test ride a different type of bike than you normally ride
Perform a maintenance task- big or small!
This has been the hardest challenge to remember to take a photo of. In the past week I have tightened chain ring bolts, cleaned my drive train, lubed my freewheel, worked on my rear derailleur (can't tell you how proud I am of that little achievement!) and tweaked various barrel adjusters. Either these are things I just "do" without thinking, or by the time I think, "I need a photo for the blog!" I'm already up to my pits in grease.
Enter: Rainy Sunday afternoon.
I'm not made out of sugar (more like salt) so I don't melt when I get wet, but sometimes I do not feel like getting rained on. Instead of riding, I decided to spend Sunday afternoon cleaning my roommate's bike- an old blue Schwinn Varsity. This bike is great and has a ton of life left in it but it suffers from neglect. The drive train was absolutely encased in dirty, gunky, old grease. I could hear the grit in the derailleur spindles, the front tire was flat, rust spots covered the wheels and it was generally just looking sad.
Grease rags, all-purpose degreaser, latex gloves, some tinfoil, a tube patch, lube, grease, a couple of beers and a touch of baking soda later... A gloriously clean machine that's lubed and ready to roll.
In exchange for the bike-detailing, the roommate took some photos. Awesome.Read More