They've ruined Kero
I use kerosene to clean the greasy bits of my bike - I like the way it works and I like the way it leaves an oily layer. I recognise that others use degreasers but I like the way kero does the job.
In the past, I've bought the stuff in bulk - just got them to fill my 20 litre drum, the one with the tap and the dent where I hit it with the motorbike that time. Yes, it does take a looonnnnggg time to work my way through a 20l drum.
Well, I finally got to the bottom of the drum and needed some more of the magic brew. Hmmn, they don't sell it in bulk anymore. You see, the hardware stores here now cater to the weekend warrior with gazillions of dollars to spend on all the latest trendy stuff they saw on that tele show last thursday. So instead of getting to buy the bolt you want, you have to buy 10 of them complete with washers and nuts, unless of course you wanted washers and nuts in which case you have to buy them in seperate packets of 10 ... or 8 ... usually packets of 2 less than you really want so you have to buy 2 packets.
Kero - you can't get it in bulk any more so you have to buy it in bottles ... at horrendously inflated prices.
Okay, I thought, it takes a while to use the stuff up, especially as I'm real slack when it comes to cleaning bikes, it won't hurt to buy a bottle of the stuff.
Well, I found where they had the bottles of kero ... in the paint section for some reason.
It's now a vibrant COBALT BLUE!
Cripes, you couldn't miss the stuff, the glow was blinding. Remember the soft blue colour of real kero? This muck looked like it'd escaped from a modernist art studio.
Ah well, methinks, it's only a colouring they've added. I can live with the colour.
So I got it home and opened the bottle. Cor it STINKS!
Yes, I know, kero has a certain ... odour.
This stuff REEKED. The dog backed away in disgust and the cat next door fell out a tree with its eyes watering.
I got to scrubbing away at my bike. Discovered once again why I'd decided those mechanical chain cleaners are an utter waste of space and time. Then realised that cleaning this bike was taking a lot longer than normal. Maybe it's just because it was extra greasy, maybe it's because I was tired, maybe they've done something to the kero.
But I got the bike clean.
I avoided stepping in the baking tray of kero like I usually do.
Washed her down with my favourite car wash.
Realised I stank of kero more than usual and went inside to have a shower ... and still stank afterwards
Hang on, I'm used to having that certain 'atmosphere' after cleaning the bike but this stuff didn't even wash off.
My bikes live in the dining room - none of this 'banished to the shed' for my darlings.
Normally after a wash, there's a whiff of kero but it's gone in an hour or two.
Not this time.
The bike stank. It reeked. The paint on the ceiling discoloured and the dog lay gasping with his paws over his nose.
I took the bike into town the next day - actually, I had to drive my daughter to school and ride from there. So this bike had a 20km trip on the back of the car (lots of nice, strong wind blowing over it), a 10km ride (gentle passage through the cleansing airs), six hours chained to a fence (where natural breezes gently caressed her steel soul), a 10km ride and 20km on the back of the car back home again. Surely that would have blown the pong away.
IT STILL STINKS!
The humble, effective and relatively easy to live with all purpose cleaner, Kerosene, has been ruined with gawd knows what stupid additives
It's enough to make me go back to using petrol (gasoline to you American folks).
thus endeth the rant