My mornings are typically rushed, and I time my morning routine and commute to get to the office at least 15 minutes before my first meeting. I just gather my belongings, roll Clarice outside, unfold her into the rideable form, and get on with the commute.
There is a tricky part about the unfolding maneuver–the unhooking of the front wheel from the chainstay. When performed too hastily, there is a tendency for the hook to grab the chain, and cause the chain to drop off the chain-ring. In my morning haste, this happens quite frequently, and given my rushed state of affairs, I just grab the chain with my bare hands, put it back on, and subsequently find myself regretting the whole experience, as I look down at my grease-stained hands.
Most recently, I was lucky, in that I was wearing a black/dark gray outfit. Had my hand grazed my clothes ever so slightly, the grease stain would have blended in just fine.
However, the weather is getting quite warm in Phoenix. The mornings touch 80 degrees, and the evenings sometimes get into the 90s. I therefore cannot continue to wear such dark colors if I want to survive without getting a heat-stroke. As I begin to choose lighter colored options to counter the beating sun, I need to be more prepared for dealing with greasy hands.
How do you deal with this chain drop aftermath while you’re on-the-go? Do you carry hand wipes soaked in degreaser? Do you use clear lubricants such as wax or Dumonde Tech as a preventative measure? Do share!