I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I FOUND THE NOCARS WAY THROUGH TOWN. There were cars, but not many.
I rode and rode and rode that route. Mostly on Mondays, always by myself.
It was scenic, with a few punchy hills to stand up and pound the pedals.
But, then I didn't ride it much. I'd ridden it too much.
It had become...
No, it wasn't breeding contempt, but it was...
Conversely, we ride the same loop every Tuesday, going on 17 years. It's always good.
Gus lives out in NC. He sent me a pic of their Saturday ride. The leafless trees, bundled riders. The smiles. It was 18 when they started, 40 midday.
It ain't the route or the weather, it's the people.
Which is why it's so key to have a silent chain, spinning free with no drag. 'Cause if your chain is whiney with lots of drag... sooner or later you'll be riding alone.
These are my go to products - one to clean, one to lube. It took years time to find them, and I'd never mount up without them.
The superpro thing to do is to wipe the chain clean and apply the lube the night before - one link at a time. Painstaking, I know... but totally worth it if going fast is important to you. And, when done correctly will last hundreds of miles.
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