People post pics with water bottles, bike cleaners, kits, bikes, and all kinds of things in an effort to support their sponsors. Makes sense, right? Showing appreciation for the companies who work hard to provide top notch products just so we can race hard and feel like pros. What about the stories behind those pics? In many instances, sponsors are inherited when you join a team. That is why I feel so lucky to be on a team that is sponsored by many companies I supported before being accepted onto the Whole Athlete team. Here is the story about how I came to use one of those products…
As a kid who raced year-round, road, mountain, and cyclocross, I had a lot of bike washing to do. Yes, my dad helped me out on many occasions but I was most definitely a big part of the “process.” I say “process” because that’s exactly what it was. And it wasn’t something I looked forward to. So many gadgets and brushes, which then had to be cleaned after the actual bike was cleaned. I’m the type of kid that always likes to do a good job so slacking off wasn’t an option. I knew my parents would just make me do it over anyhow. So I continued to spend hours scrubbing and dreaming of how I was going to invent something that would make this easier or (dare I say) more fun? Well, my dreams came true at mountain bike nationals when I met Bruce Dickman.
I rolled up to the ProGold tent in hopes of a sample of lube that would keep my Specialized Fate running smoothly. Of course, Bruce started his schpeel about the products and I, in my head, knew it was too good to be true. You see, up until then I was a skeptic. Yep, my dad and I had tried it all and knew that there was no way around the arduous task of cleaning bikes. Bruce challenged me to wash my bike with a different brand at the wash station. I did. After the years I’ve spent meticulously cleaning my bike, I knew it wasn’t up to par. Then, Bruce told me to take his personal brushes and go wash my drive train with ProGold. Oh man, are you kidding me? It’s hot, I’m tired and hungry, and I have to go wash my bike again?
I took my time walking over to the wash station because I wasn’t looking forward to what I was about to do. And then it happened… a miracle in my eyes. I sprayed the Blast Off, and had the most sparkling cassette I had ever seen with minimal effort. I bet you’re think I’m being dramatic right now, don’t you? Well, if you wash your bike a lot, you’d be thrilled with the amount of time you would save using these products. Unlike the slow walk to the wash station, I ran back to the tent. “Give me a box with everything in it, please!” Completely forgetting about the heat, and my hunger, and how tired I was, I proceeded to wash at least 8 more bikes of complete strangers. My dreams had come true… not only was the bike scrubbing process easier, it was… fun.
Click here to take a look at a step by step tutorial on washing your bike with ProGold!