I finally got a chance to scrub my bike’s drivetrain with actual liquid water. Lots of grit and grime came off, revealing some pretty severe wear and tear. A new chain and cassette are in order, but it’ll wait until later this spring…
Winter is not kind to bikes. salt-induced rust on the chain, cassette, rotor, and any exposed steel. Thankfully, the frame is aluminum. After winter’s over, I’ll scrub the rust off, with a little chemical assistance, if necessary. I’ll probably (definitely) need to replace the cassette and chain in the spring.
the fire hydrant on Swann Mall in the centre of the main U of C campus.
2010/05/21: Fire hydrants come in many colors and forms. Make a dramatic portrait of your local fire hydrant. (@windsordi, @dipics) #ds187
it was warm enough to give the bike a good scrub this afternoon – with actual LIQUID WATER – removing some of the gunk that accumulates in nooks and crannies when riding in the winter. much better. wasn’t too concerned about the mud on the frame, but the drivetrain is pretty clean. WD-40 removed a LOT of rust, followed by a round of chain cleaner, then drying, and a bit of fresh oil. Runs nice and smoothly now 🙂
the crank for opening the window vents in the greenhouse on the roof of Science A. I went up there trying to get photos of green, living things, and wound up being fascinated by the equipment.