Will be riding my 2011 Pinarello Dogma. Bought new in 2011 with my life’s savings. I’m kind of elderly so bike is set up to be as light as possible so that I can get up the hills. Bike has 23s and looks like it might accommodate 25s but it would be tight. Have been riding RAGBRAI since 2006 with one year out for a knee replacement. Have jus…[Read more]
I’m wondering how you clean a new chain. I’m still using Squirt which is a bit like wax but even after trying hard to start with a clean drivetrain I have pretty black wax on my chain. I have not found any increased chain wear and my chain is quiet but would like a cleaner look to the whole thing. Not switching my wife’s bike to Squirt.
With thanks to Lawnchairman for the link to the lube tests, I bought a bottle of Squirt. Today I plan an extensive cleaning of my drivetrain and application of Squirt. Not taking the chain off the bike, I will use the Park chain cleaner with two rounds of simple green, a round of orange solvent, a round of rubbing alcohol, and finally a water…[Read more]
So, with lots of home time, I have started to wonder if there is a better chain lube than the prolink that I have been using. I have read that wax based lubes are good and maybe don’t leave the chain with the black gunk that ends up on legs. Anyone have any recommendations? Rock and Roll Gold? SILCA Super Secret? Finish Line Dry? Parafin? H…[Read more]
Seems to me that different folks are happy with a wide variety of footwear. I have ridden all 12 of my RAGBRAIs with Speedplay X pedals and cleats. I chose these as they are very knee friendly with lots of float. These days there are rubber covers that are not removed to ride and do help the “walk ability”. Not the best choice for a long hik…[Read more]