There’s no doubting that a clean bike is a fast bike. Well, maybe not fast, but certainly faster! A well maintained drivetrain and clean frameset also shows that you mean business.
A clean, well running bike is a sign of a dedicated cyclist. The mark of somebody who takes pride in their cycling. Showing up with a dirty, squeaky or poorly maintained bike is almost as bad as showing up in ill-fitting, mismatched kit. It shows a lack of commitment and lack of respect for the ride! You can tell a lot about a cyclist by the state of their bike and how they turn themselves out (yeah yeah, don’t give me that “judging a book by it’s cover” nonsense, you know it’s true).
Before and after: Keep your drivetrain glistening clean!
A filthy drivetrain not only looks awful, it accelerates drivetrain wear, coats everything in a sticky black muck and robs you of watts. Watts you could be using to crush your clubmates on the next climb!
So take a good look at your bike. If you’re a true road cyclist you won’t even have to, you already know if your bike is spotless or in need of some attention. If by chance your bike is like a little worse for wear, give it some love today. It doesn’t take much to keep your bike sparkling and it’ll return the favour with a flawless, fast ride.