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Fry Your Chain to Get Rid of the Grease

Many years ago I read about waxing your bike chain. Since that time I always wax my chains instead of using grease or oil. There are several advantages to do this the main one being no more grimy grease marks on your legs when you rub against your bike chain by accident. Also when you have to remove the rear tire to fix a flat you don’t have to end up with grease on your hands. There are disadvantages as well; if you ride in the rain a lot wax will not keep the rust away but I think that is a small one. You do have to wax your chain more frequently. I usually do this every 1,000 miles or so but this is a time to clean the chain since you melt everything away.

Now here is where the fry part comes in: I use a Fry Baby deep fryer to melt the Gulf Wax and then dip the chain into it. I also use chains that have a quick release link in them. It takes about 3 to 4 blocks of Gulf Wax (WalMart has it in the canning section).

Some pictures of the Fry Baby with used wax.

Fry Baby

Texbiker.net Event Calendar and Google Calendar

If you use Google calendar or any other calendar that can subscribe to iCal feeds you can add the Texbiker.net Event Calendar to your calendar. The instructions vary but in Google Calendar paste this iCal link in the left hand space “Add a friend’s calendar”.

http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/miml03kuotie3d1o0u5fc0l9m30o4aoo%40import.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

With this link you will see the upcoming events in your calendar. This helps when you want to make plans for your rides.

You can also subscribe dirently to the Texbiker.net Event calendar using iCal. In the right sidebar calendar there is an icon at the top between the previous and next months. Click that to get the link to add to you desktop calendar or Google calendar.

http://www.texbiker.net/blog/feed/ical/

The Ride of Your Life

This week I was listening to my favorite bicycling podcast, The Fredcast, and David Bernstein interviewed David Rowe, the author of the ebook Ride of Your Life. I was intrigued by the interview where the author asks the question, Why do you ride? According to Mr. Rowe there are a mountain of books on riding better but he could not find one that deals with why a person rides.

The Ride of Your Life is based on a structured, 8-step program that’s done without turning the pedals even one revolution. It’s a program . . . a process . . . that Rowe developed and refined during several years that saw him make the leap from Saturday morning club rider to accomplished long-distance cyclist and randonneur.

Rowe supports his program with a series of worksheets that you can print from this eBook and use for every new season.

His approach is found nowhere else. Most training books give brief attention to goal setting and fitting time for cycling into a life full of commitments to family and career. That’s not a knock against those plans – it’s just not their focus.

I do not have an interest in selling the book but the author did ask a very good question. You can listen to the interview in #113 edition of The Fredcast.