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Wheelers Sunday Club Ride 20/12/15

Santas Helpers Warm Up Ride With Mince Pie stop
Total distance: 55.41 mi
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Wheelers Sunday Club Ride 13/12/15

This weeks ride looks like a Ben classic!    
Total distance: 51.04 mi
Max elevation: 879 ft
Min elevation: 7 ft
Total climbing: 2779 ft
Total descent: -2779 ft
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Park Tool CM5.2 Cyclone Chain Cleaner

To make sure I always have a constant supply of Haribo I buy a cycle tool once a month from the obvious mail-order bike retailer, last month that meant I finally got round to buying a Chain Cleaner.
Park Tool CM5.2 Chain Cleaner

Park Tool CM5.2 Chain Cleaner

I had something similar many years ago, but a cheaper, none branded version, and it wasn't very good, I think it lasted one or two uses before I broke it. Ever since I have been a bit old-school and tend to split the chain and clean it in a jar of degreaser before rinsing it, replacing it and lubing up. That's not a quick job though, so in winter, when the commutes are long and the available bike fettling time is short it tends to mean I can go a couple of weeks before cleaning the drivetrain, not good for chain and chainring life. This time the chain cleaner is way better than I had hoped, it's a job of 5 minutes to get the chain cleaned from start to finish. It might not be as perfect a deep clean as I get when I do it manually but I'm more likely to do it at least once a week which is really necessary with all these dirty, wet, rides. It's a simple matter of filling the cleaner with degreaser to the fill-line, fitting it to the chain and fastening the clips, then giving it a few spins backwards. I'm not one for following instructions so I tend to pedal it forwards too, no idea why, I reckon if one direction is good then both directions is better! After a few spins it's a case of wiping the chain and drivetrain with a rag, a quick spray with WD40/GT85 and then leaving it for 20 minutes or so before lubing up. I'm converted, I'll still give it a 'proper' clean when I have a spare hour or so, but this is something I can do once a week without any hassle at all. I got it from Wiggle for £14.99, I reckon that's a bargain if I get a bit more life out of my chains and the rest of the drivetrain.

Sunday Club Ride 06/12/15

Another attempt at Pauls Cake run    
Total distance: 44.1 mi
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Sunday Club Ride 29/11/15

Paul's Cheddar Cake Run  
Total distance: 44.1 mi
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Sunday Club Ride 22/11/2015

The Burrow Bridge Blast. We are open to non members so why not join us for all or part of the ride and see if group riding is for you. Meet 9am Priory School  
Total distance: 67.29 mi
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