After a long, wet ride along the Jersey shore through sand, salt and crushed sea shells, my bike was a mess. So it got its first bath of the year after I got home from work. I took a bike repair class at High Gear Cyclery before I did my cross country ride. I thought it might be smart to be able to fix my bike if I broke down in the middle of nowhere. I didn’t use any of the repair knowledge on the trip, but High Gear was kind enough to loan me a spare set of wheels that did come in handy a couple times when Dan popped some spokes. One thing I did learn that I use frequently is how to really clean a bicycle. Now my bike is really clean and ready for some more riding.