I am an anachronism and because of this many elements of modern bicycling puzzle me. When I was a kid and dinosaurs still roamed the earth, our Pee Wee Hermin bikes really did have tanks with battery operated horns. A tune up consisted of pumping the tires (which were cracked and showing threads) and dumping black thick crankcase oil on every moving part. Of course they flew when we were finished, but then they always flew anyway. So what is with this line of Bike Cleaning Products from Pedros! I can see polishing a Corvette, or a '73 Caprice Classic Convertible, but wash and polish your bike?
This test would be the first time I washed my bike since I bought it 5 years ago. Now, I will grudgingly degrease and lube the chains and deraileurs, and the pivot points of the brakes, and I do keep the tires hard to avoid pinch flats, but wash it? Yeah Right!
So, obviously, I got the nod to test out Pedros Bike Lust. I mean a really grungy bike, what could be a better test? Short answer, I love the stuff! Heck I may even keep my bike clean from now on!
The test went like this, set the alarm for 6:00am, nah... I'll wake up anyway... 6:43, well I guess I better get up if I'm gonna test this stuff... stumble out of bed... wend my way through an overstuffed garage, find the bike stand, set it up with the bike. Take some photos of a really disgusting bike... encrusted with sports drink and road grime everywhere... dirt from Maryland to Massachusetts in a thick haze and in some places a form of cement. OK... mix up a bucket of Blue Coral car wash and slather up the bike... brush the crusty parts, Take off the wheels, wash them, poke into the hard to reach places... rinse and dry.
Huh?... doesn't look much different! Still dull and dusty looking, oh well at least it looks well ridden, which it is! Now for the test... read directions...
OK, shake well... spray on... wipe to smooth... allow to dry... buff off to a bright luster... I guess I can manage that even before coffee!
Holy smoke! Whose bike is that? Is that a new Cannondale??? No, It still has the dents my old bike did! Did somebody pull a swap? No, it still has my tool bag. This stuff is really neat and effortless! Now one word of caution... Don't get this stuff anywhere you want to hold onto. It is slippery! But man does it shine! Even the areas abraded by cable rubbing shined up nicely.
Once Dale was all dry and shiny and he had a nicely lubed chain and moving parts, I hung him back on the wall in the garage and as I looked at him hanging there, all sleek and gleamy, I thought, Hmmmm maybe I'll clean him up more often!
Now I understand why they call this stuff Bike Lust! I can't wait to take him out for a spin, I'll bet he'll fly! Somethings just bring out the kid in me, even to this day. Thanks Pedros. But now I need that coffee and my commutation ticket.