the most beautiful soundPosted: July 25, 2013
The most beautiful sound when riding is the silence of a clean bike chain. On my first ride after I’ve cleaned my chain I strain my ears to hear that familiar squeaking and maybe a little bit of rattling but I hear birds. I hear the creek bubbling over some rocks. In the distance I can hear car traffic but the silence of my bike chain and the ease of pedaling with a clean chain is a little piece of nirvana.
I’m a little bit obsessive about my chain, I’ll admit. Once upon a time I had no clue how to maintain anything on my bike except for tire pressure. And even that I more or less ignored unless my tires looked like they were getting a little flat. Horrible, I know. But over time I learned a little bit of basic bike maintenance – how to fix a flat, how to adjust the brakes, how important it is to have a clean chain. And now the single most thing I can do to boost my riding performance – and my mood – is to ride with a clean bike chain. I can’t help but smile as I pedal along.
And then I can enjoy the birds and the bubbling creek. Sometimes I hear the hum of those bugs that sound like they’re buzzing; I always forget what they are. And feel the breeze on my face while I effortlessly pedal along.
Ahhhhhh. Cycling bliss.