I've blogged recently about what a hard guy I am riding in winter weather. At the same time, my bike is taking a beating. Returning to the Indy airport after 10 days away, bike locked up under a roof but in the open air, I was shocked -- appalled! -- at the grinding, squeaking, and shrieking from the drive-train. It turns out 10 days well below freezing wreaks havoc on Shimano 105.
Working some long hours, so I haven't made it to the bike shop during open hours. Water on the chain alleviates the symptoms for long enough to get home, but needless to say, that is not a long-sighted strategy.
Time to ride home after a long day. What to do? In the under-desk fridge I found . . . Newman's Own Balsamic Vinagrette.
1. No weird ingredients. Oil, vinegar, and spices.
2. Oil rises to the top.
3. Less expensive than real chain lube!
The chain hummed like a country ballad all the way home. And it smells phenomenal!
So, vote: badass or herbivore? (Poll on the right.)