Gruber seems to have an astute take on all apple products and that is why I like his product reviews. He has the apple watch review up already and am now contemplating buying one when it launches in India. Only time will tell if I will buy one as soon as it launches or if I will wait for the second generation. But I am very tempted buy one even gift one for that matter.
I just managed to complete the book The in-between by Jeff Goins and I have to admit, it was enjoyable and thought provoking. It is a book that that I would be happy to recommend to my loved friends and you my dear reader.
Don’t get startled if I say I didn’t read the book, Yeah this was the first book that I managed to complete using Audible app on my iPhone. Audio books were never my thing, I have tried a couple of books and tossed the app out of the phone after two months of no usage. This time it was different. I have to admit the bike commutes to office helped.
The Book is a short yet nice read. It helps one realize the amount of time we miss out enjoying each day waiting for something. I have to admit that the book has redefined my perspective of waiting, especially the time spent waiting for the next big thing. I can’t relate more to the book and the time, given the transition phase I am in. I think I do have a few more months of this transition time. Thanks to the book, I am going to enjoy the time rather than be restless and worried.
Amidst bustling traffic in the suburbs on a sweaty and dusty bike commute, Still being able to relate to the anecdote that is being read to you by the very own author in the earphones, can only mean that the narration is pretty darn good. The audio book is a bit shy of 4 hours including acknowledgements, etc and I recommend you spend the time learning what waiting actually means. You can grab The In-Between book/ebook from here or grab the audio book from here
Cyclone Chain Scrubber CM-5 is the most essential tool of the chain gang system and it should be atleast part of your bicyle cleaning kit if not the entire gang. The handle for the scrubber is the only thing you would need to assemble when you open the box and remove the chain gang. The handle is quite big enough to hold the scrubber in place, and just the right size to grip in your hand. The scrubber is simple to use and cleans up the chain in minutes.Just open the metal latches on both the sides, Open the lid on top, pour the Park Tool Chainbrite Chain Cleaner or the degreaser till its filled upto the marker on the scrubber, then just put the chains in between the brushes at both the ends, and close the lid and the latches. You are all set to go now, Hold the scrubber steady and spin the pedals anticlockwise a couple of times and the chain gets clean in no time. The only gripe i had is excess degreaser might flow out and drip on the floor from your chain if you arent paying attention. So just be cautious of the floor where you are cleaning the bike. I just put my bike on an old rag and then start cleaning so that i dont litter my floor. The Magnet at the bottom does an icredible job of collecting the dirt at the bottom and hence you can you the degreaser for a couple of more times with out getting the chain dirtied with the dirt already in the scrubber. I would recommend you use your own discretion on how soon you would want to change the degreaser though. Cleaning the Scrubber itself is very easy, I just soak it in some warm soap water for some time and and wash them with plain water a couple of times later. I do feel that the Park Tool Chain scrubber is much better in build quality and durability than the Finish Line Bicycle Chain Cleaner and hence worth paying the extra price.
Park Tool Chainbrite Chain Cleaner is the second most important tool of the chain gang, due to the reason that, you could always try a different degreseaser or WD-40 anytime. It is as good as any other degreaser out there and is definitely worth using on a daily basis. It doesnt dry up off the chain if you dont wipe it off, but it does have a good lemon(citrus) smell to it which I like. If you would want something to dry off soon, this might not be the degreaser you are looking for.
Park Tool Gear Cleaning Brush is more of a good to have tool, than an essential one, but it definitely is a worthy tool to have. The bristles are hard enough to get dirt out of the sprockets and the curved handle reaches near impossible places to remove to dirt.
In all the Park Tool Chain Gang Cleaning System has been a huge time saver for me so far. Buying products made by Park tool means they are durable and crafted with thought to very minute detail to help the user. I can vouch for the products reliability and durability inspite of the premium pricing. I would rather use pay a premium and use the product longer than keep buying replacements every year.
If you ride your bike daily and you are obssessed with cleanliness Park Tool Chain Gang Cleaning System is a must have, even more so for the casual user who is too busy to ride in the first place. Besides the Chain gang is steal deal rather than buying each of these tools seperately.