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Old 07-01-07, 06:01 PM   #1
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Chewing gum is the bird s&^! of bikes!

Chewing gum to clean bikes is what bird s&^! is to clean cars, I'm convinced. Just yesterday I washed my bike up nice & good. Cleaned the wheels, brake pads, frame, tires everything including a nice new lube of the chain. I head out for a nice 50 miles today & don't you know just 4 miles from home I run over chewing gum with my front tire. It's 80 outside so the gum is nice & melted. It stretches around half the tire picking up pebbles throwing them left & right as it continues picking more up. It slings onto my cranks, gets on my chain and on the rear derailleur as well.

I stop & begin picking off the newly glued pebbles thinking that if I rub some dry dirt on it I'll be OK until I get back home. No go the dirt just made it well dirtier gum in which to pick up pebbles & glass. I head back home & begin the process of cleaning the front tire. I had no Idea under Maryland law that once you begin cleaning one part of the bike the entire bike must be cleaned. So here I go through another complete bike wash & lube. I at least hope tomorrows gum is a flavor I like.
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Old 07-01-07, 06:40 PM   #2
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I feel your pain, last month I stepped in gum and didn't know until I unclipped later. My spds shed mud and dirt no problem, chewing gum not so much. I have to admit though i had no problems clipping in or out just nasty to clean up.
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