You know, I really hate that dumb quote. It’s from a song, which I don’t even know, but people who ride seem to quote it a lot, for whatever reason. Today, however, I used a pickle to clean the chain on my F650GS, so it might go with the occasion this time.
Yes, a pickle to clean the chain. I’ve heard this now from about 10 people, and apparently it does work. So, I tried it. Here is step one:
I started working on the chain after I picked the seeds out of the pickle. I didn’t see the point of getting cucumber seeds stuck in my chain:
I know, weird, huh? I thought I would try it since this chain isn’t going to be on my bike much longer. It was adjusted too tight (not by me) when it was first put on, and a few of the “o” rings broke. I don’t really trust it, so as soon as I can afford it, it is GONE. It really makes me mad, too, because I can’t afford these costly mistakes.
Alas, a few seeds got in there:
But, they were easy to get out.
When I finished cleaning and lubing, the chain looked clean, but then again, I never let my chain get too dirty anyway:
While I was messing around with the bike, I admired the new bracket that my brother-in-law (the “lead welder”) made for the purpose of mounting the GoPro camera:
I am planning on using the GoPro tomorrow when I ride the traditional New Year’s Day ride. There should be a lot of European bikes headed out to Tortilla Flat. It should be a nice day and great ride. The temperatures have been in the 70s F. for the last couple of days, and it should be a pleasant day.
Now, for something completely different, as they used to say on the Monty Python show:
Meanwhile, as I cleaned up and put things away, I happened to spot this butterfly on the marigolds:
Maybe this is better:
Happy New Year, everyone! Best wishes for a great 2012.