Tempo’s Triple Distilled (E002)

“As long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”
– Mark Cavendish

It is most certainly Spring in Tasmania now. That means warmer weather, longer days and more time for outdoor rides, but it also means I’m busy on the property building a new veggie garden and tending to the orchard, amongst other jobs (there’s always other jobs). As for getting fitter, I’m half way through my training plan on The Sufferfest and on a lower intensity period to let all those gains soak in. This week in my world…

1) I put my Zwift account on hold. A combination of warmer weather and using The Sufferfest has meant I’ve spent less time on Watopia. It’s great for general leg spinning and “virtual racing” but not so much for structured training. I’ll probably pick it up again down the track (especially when they release the New York map). But for now, it’s one less thing to pay for each month.

2) Tried a new chain lube. As my usual dry lube was out of stock, I bought a bottle of Finish Line Dry Teflon Lube. It drips onto the chain a bit like milky water, then dries to a wax finish. So far it’s doing the job well. My drivetrain is incredibly silent and has stayed looking clean.

3) We got a dog! Well, kind of. He’s on a “trial period” with us for a couple of weeks as he’s a four year old rescue from the Hobart Dog’s Home. I’ve gone my entire thirty years (okay, thirty seven) without ever having a dog, so we’ll see how this fella goes! I’m not an overly competent dog handler, but April is well versed in these things. The little guy seems happy on the farm so far…

6 Comments Add yours

  1. bgddyjim says:

    I love having dogs – my wife and I had them right up until a few years ago… Now, I have to be honest, I’m very happy not picking up the crap. If you can handle that part, dogs are the best, man. I’ll have to give the Teflon lube a go. I use the ceramic now, and I’ve got the FL wax lube in the bag, but it sounds like the Teflon would be good for the gravel bikes. Thanks for the tip, brother.


    1. Thanks Jim! It’ll be a steep learning curve for me as I’ve never “trusted” dogs in the past. Hopefully this one will change that for me.

      My one concern with the Finish Line lube is that it drips on quite watery. I seem to use a lot per application so it could work out quite expensive compared to my usual Muc Off Dry lube.

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      1. bgddyjim says:

        Get a thin tube, like a piece of the straw that comes with WD-40 or a spray lube, and insert that into the lube spout… You’ll be able to control the drip.


        1. I’ll give that a go!

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          1. bgddyjim says:

            The mechanics at our local shop use that little trick a lot.


  2. theandyclark says:

    Sounds terrific. I’m sure the dog will have you trained and you’ll be off your trial period in no time!

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