This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Monday, November 12, 2012


Getting ready for winter when you ride steel bikes can be an annual ritual as it has with me.  I plan to ride three of my bikes this winter and each gets a little extra anti-corrosion protection.  I use a product called LPS-3 which is an industrial strength treatment available in small spray cans from some ACE hardware stores.   It's a cheaper, stronger and heavier duty treatment than either Wiggles or Boshield but is used the same way.  I spray a certain amount through each of the access holes in the frame, rotating it in the process to help the spray spread onto the tubing.  I pay extra attention to the downtube and bottom bracket shell
 but I like to see each piece of tubing leaking some lube from all the holes as I rotate the frame.
Here in Michigan they spread some really vile crap on the roads to control ice buildup.
After I have rotated the frame a few times and sprayed every available opening, 
I'll wipe the excess from the bottom bracket shell and and leave the bike hanging overnight with a rag stuffed in the shell.  This way I am reasonably sure all surfaces have been covered, and any excess will not dry into an inconvenient glob in the bottom bracket area.
 After a night to dry I will usually take the opportunity to  touch up any scratches
 and give the bike a coat 
of plain old automotive wax.  
Repeating this process every two to three years provides some reasonable piece of mind 
for even the most persnickety and nervous of winter bike riders. 
I used this process with Byron, the Hunq and the Hillborne.  Now I will put some studs on Byron and the Hunq to get me through the slop and use the Hillborne only when the streets are reasonably ice free.
That should keep me sane without a boring indoor trainer.


  1. Thanks for the tip re LPS-3. I will be off to Ace Hardware at first opportunity. I commute 52x5 in Anchorage, Alaska; switched to studs a month ago.

  2. Good luck with the LPS-3, some stores carry it and some don't. I happen to live in an area where one does, but you won't find it in the big box stores.