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La Cruz Spring Cleaning

Today, I'm going to do it. Spring is in the air. I know we will likely get a lot more rain. I know we might even get more snow. I still need to do it. Today, I'm going to clean my trusted and beloved La Cruz.

The La Cruz has become my main ride. I made a commitment to ride outdoors this winter. An indoor trainer is a great tool, but for me, it just doesn't give me what I need. I need the wind. I need the outdoor air. I need the feel of the road. I need the interaction with the environment. My La Cruz has helped me stay motivated to ride. It's also helped me lose about 20 pounds this winter. I love this bike.

For all the readers that either rode all winter or are just thinking about getting your bike out. Good for you. Treat your bike right and give it a good cleaning.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.

COMMENTS (10)

 Guitar Ted |

Mr. 24 always told me: “A clean bike is a happy bike”. Believe it!

 rick is! |

20 lbs, that is sweet.  My winter riding/commuting only helped me drop 2-3 lbs.  <BR><BR>Thankfully, it appears our snow is done for the year.  Yay!

 Butcher |

OK, I admit it.  Today stunk for riding in.  I have a beautiful clean bike.  I feel stupid.  Smitty, you can blame me.  Hopefully I can make it up to you sometime this summer.  I should have known better than to clean it in April.  Darn it anyway.<BR><BR>Have a good weekend.  I can’t wait to put my cold, wet, dirty clothes back on for the commute home!

 Smitty |

Well, the snow arrived, didn’t it Jason?  I’m blaming you.  Or maybe it is payback for what CBS did to Paul Douglas.

 Jason |

No snow here (yet!) but I was inspired to clean 3 rides worth of snot rockets and sweat off my Campeon after my ride today. Good luck avoiding the snow!<BR><BR>j

 Dave Byers |

Viva La Cruz! I just got mine built and I can’t wait to give it a good shakedown ride.<BR><BR>http://davebyers.blogspot.com/2008/04/finally-built.html

 Butcher |

Wouldn’t you know it.  I clean my bike yesterday and we’ve got a winter storm watch for tomorrow!

 Anonymous |

looks familiar…I got some 2.1’s to fit on my La Cruz and rolled through some fresh white stuff here in the mountains: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBGIQ7ZuuiU&fmt=7

 Captain Bob |

That white stuff is making me ill…..

 MG |

Man, I hear ya’ Jason.  I love my La Cruz too.  I rolled out at 9pm last night on it for a little “therapy session,” just as some light rain started to fall, so when I got home a couple hours later, I promptly gave it the cleaning it needed and deserved.  No sense coming downstairs to find a rusty chain and cogs in a couple of days—man, that’d stink!  I doubt a 10-speed chain is particularly forgiving to mistreatment like that…<BR><BR>You guys did a heck of a job with the La Cruz.  It’s going to be my choice for the upcoming TransIowa race later this month, and for anyone ridin’ around on an El Mariachi, it’s the perfect “second bike” to back it up.  My 55cm La Cruz and a 20-inch/large El Mariachi are a perfect pair.<BR><BR>Cheers,<BR>MG

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