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Why didn't I do this before?(9 posts)

Why didn't I do this before?mike mcmahon
Jun 7, 2001 10:31 PM
About a month ago, I was at an auto parts store and picked up a pack of those red garage rags that auto mechanics regularly use. Having recently had problems with a tight chain link that led to some messy hands after loosening the link, I decided to throw a rag in my jersey pocket for cleanup in case the problem recurred. It did, and the rag came in handy. I started carrying one on every ride. In addition to being useful for post-repair clean-up, they're good for cleaning lenses on glasses, blowing my nose, wiping sweat from my face after a climb, cleaning major collections of junk on the frame during a ride, and wiping bird turd from my arm. I also suspect that they will be good for cleaning up after a crash if I should have the misfortune of suffering another. In a really major crash in an isolated area, they might even make a fairly effective tourniquet, although I'm hoping never to find out about that. They're cheap, durable, and effective.
Visual imageLen J
Jun 8, 2001 5:57 AM
As I was reading your post I got this image of me using a rag to wipe my chain (Or my glasses) after Blowing my nose in it, and wiping bird turd from my arm. Is Snot or turd a good lubricant?

I need more sleep.

Good idea on the rag BTW.
Visual imagemike mcmahon
Jun 8, 2001 6:55 AM
Yeah, I had the same thing in mind, but I didn't want the post to turn into a novel so I didn't mention that I'd avoid using the rag to blow my nose or clean my glasses if it were full of bird turd or grease. My gut reaction on the question is that snot, at least temporarily, would be a good lube. I have my doubts about bird crap.
I thought that's why bikers wore black shorts ...bianchi boy
Jun 8, 2001 6:22 AM
So you can wipe the grease off your hands without ruining your clothes. It's hard to blow your nose or clean your glasses with bike shorts, though. Actually, I discovered the same things and keep a pack of the red towels in my garage for cleaning my chain, wiping grease off my bike frame, etc. It's nice having some cheap towels for cleaning up always handy, particularly since I don't have an endless supply of old baby towels and diapers anymore.
underpants & ziploc baggies. kudos on non-snot-rocket approach.Haiku d'état
Jun 8, 2001 7:17 AM
go through lots of skivvies (working out/running/yardwork) and undershirts, tear 'em into rags and use them in the garage. seems to work for me.

also, i carry individually packaged alcohol/handi-wipes on the bike for post-tube change, messy gel pack, or mechanical cleanup. haven't used 'em much, i'll typically forget they're there and squirt some water on my hands from the bottle/hydration pack and wipe 'em off on my black shorts.

recently i've been carrying one or two empty ziplog baggies in my jersey pocket to contain spent tubes or empty gel/bar packets and my ride trash so'z they won't get my jersey all dirtied up.

nice to see someone else (didn't know there were more than three of us on the earth) using something besides their finger on the opposite nostrel to clear the nose. i also carry kleenex for this purpose, and a bandana for whatever, in a ziplog baggie. virtually flat and weightless in my jersey pocket. guess we have a higher sensibility than our cycling brethren (read: we're sissies). i just can't bring myself to turn my head and blow into the void.
Depending on your usagelonefrontranger
Jun 8, 2001 8:03 AM
... you can go to Sam's Club and get the red mech rags by the bale. We also buy those cheap white / blue stripe linen towels for housework at Sam's; when they get too dirty to use in the kitchen, they get used to wash bikes. Incidentally we're a 3-racer household (Cat III boyfriend, Cat I roommate and poor ol' me) with 15 bikes in various states of assembly at all times.
I always thought that whatever you wiped on your glove wentbill
Jun 8, 2001 8:41 AM
away to snot heaven before your next ride. I mean, that's what gloves are for, aren't they?
I always thought that whatever you wiped on your glove wentmike mcmahon
Jun 8, 2001 9:05 AM
I usually don't wear gloves once the temp is above 65, which is most of the time where I live. I forgot to mention that although I do use the garage rag for nose-blowing when stopped, I still favor the Farmer Hankie when on the fly.
re: Why didn't I do this before?Chas
Jun 8, 2001 9:22 AM
I roll a spare tube, tire levers and a patch kit in an old sock and carry it in my seat pouch. Keeps everything together and quiet during the ride and the sock doubles as a glove for messy repairs.
A clean hankey in my jersey pocket handles the glasses and nose.