are sometimes smooth and silky, and other times tired and tight.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

A gift that will keep on giving

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I’ll never forget a Christmas present I was given, by a friend who – at that point – I had only known for 6 weeks. I was taken aback, if for no better reason than the fact that I didn’t have anything for him. As I unwrapped the odd shaped package, I discovered that the present was just as much for him, as it was for me: it was a set of zefal bike fenders.

There’s nothing like riding in the rain, especially when you ride with folk who don’t have fenders. While every ounce of oil is washed away from your bike, you end up with everything, and I do mean everything, splattered on you. If you’re lucky, you’ll only be covered in some grime and sand, if you’re unlucky you’ll end up being covered in “Belgian Toothpaste", road grime, grit, and to make things really special: manure. Tasty.

A small suggestion: once you’ve cleaned and re-lubed your bike; shoved newspaper into your shoes to help dry them; and put your cycling kit in the laundry - take a towel, or a few q-tips, and give your ears a good wipe down. Trust me on this one.

At least I know what I’ll be getting my training partners for Christmas this year.


Anonymous said...

Is that Boonen going all Postal in the pic?

No wonder he's got such pearly white teeth...

Shaver said...

yep, that's the man from balen, riding in his first paris-roubaix.