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    Can anyone explain this mystery of cycling?

    I assemble a bike with a brand new drivetrain including a new SRAM PC68 chain. I cleaned the chain in citrus cleaner then detergent and water to remove the grease. After it dried, I carefull lubricated the rollers with homebrew--3:1 minerals solvent to Mobil 1. Then I wiped the chain with a rag. It was perfect. I take two rides totaling 70 miles and to my surprise a have a nasty chain ring tattoo. I then cleaned the chain with the rag pictured below. How can this happen? What is that black stuff?
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    Cool Is it just me...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Continental
    I assemble a bike with a brand new drivetrain including a new SRAM PC68 chain. I cleaned the chain in citrus cleaner then detergent and water to remove the grease. After it dried, I carefull lubricated the rollers with homebrew--3:1 minerals solvent to Mobil 1. Then I wiped the chain with a rag. It was perfect. I take two rides totaling 70 miles and to my surprise a have a nasty chain ring tattoo. I then cleaned the chain with the rag pictured below. How can this happen? What is that black stuff?

    Is it just me (or the fact that I did too many drugs in high school!), but does anyone else see the image of a cyclist (or even several cyclists) in the random stains on this rag?????

    If not, call me crazy....... :>)

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    Has to do with yin and yang.

    Quote Originally Posted by Continental
    I assemble a bike with a brand new drivetrain including a new SRAM PC68 chain. I cleaned the chain in citrus cleaner then detergent and water to remove the grease. After it dried, I carefull lubricated the rollers with homebrew--3:1 minerals solvent to Mobil 1. Then I wiped the chain with a rag. It was perfect. I take two rides totaling 70 miles and to my surprise a have a nasty chain ring tattoo. I then cleaned the chain with the rag pictured below. How can this happen? What is that black stuff?
    Chains have a real high yang value being hard and metal and all that. I've got triplet grandsons who are 3 1/2. Naturally, since they're my grandsons, they have high yang values too. It doesn't take them very long to get that dirty either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatSal
    Is it just me (or the fact that I did too many drugs in high school!), but does anyone else see the image of a cyclist (or even several cyclists) in the random stains on this rag?????

    If not, call me crazy....... :>)
    It's the shroud of Alpe d'Huez - the faces of the gods of cycling show themselves to only the true believers..

    maybe not.

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    I actually thought it was somebody riding a bull. Must have seen too many of the PBR commercials while trying to watch some cycling on OLN.

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    Wink You're all wrong.

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    The origin of blackness

    "Chain paste" is a mixture of lubricant, very finely divided metal (from the chain grinding down), and ground dust. You can get this very quickly in a dusty environment. The black is from the metal and metal oxides from the chain. You will find a similar effect from the ground aluminum from the braking surface of your rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lithiapark
    I actually thought it was somebody riding a bull. Must have seen too many of the PBR commercials while trying to watch some cycling on OLN.
    Yeah, it looks like someone on a horse or bull to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Continental
    How can this happen? What is that black stuff?
    I believe most of it is dirt from the road thrown up by the front wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatSal
    Is it just me (or the fact that I did too many drugs in high school!), but does anyone else see the image of a cyclist (or even several cyclists) in the random stains on this rag?????

    If not, call me crazy....... :>)
    I have been staring at it for a while, and i see nothing but random stains... i think you are permanently affected...
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    Dude, that's the Japanese character for long, fast downhill. nm

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    Using a very wet lube like you do, its a natural dirt and grime magnet.

    Its a bit of a trade-off, the "wetter" the lube, or dirtier the chain. The chain and gears run better, but they will need a bit more TLC to keep them clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatSal
    Is it just me (or the fact that I did too many drugs in high school!), but does anyone else see the image of a cyclist (or even several cyclists) in the random stains on this rag?????

    If not, call me crazy....... :>)

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    Now the REAL question is do you throw that rag away or do you wash it
    seperately w/all the other rags? I find after washing several very dirty rags
    together makes a nice greasy thick black ring around my washing machine.

    I think I need to start throwing more away . . . . . . ????
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    Hmmm...

    Quote Originally Posted by fliprider
    Yeah, it looks like someone on a horse or bull to me.
    I saw a guy and a girl with... well I guess that can't be printed here!

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    Sex or Dolphins...A little OT

    The above discussion of whether someone sees cyclists on the towel or bull riding prompted me to post this pic. The interesting thing about it is that most adults or those with a schema for sexual behavior see a couple engaged in sexual intercourse (or about to do so). However, those without a schema for sexual behavior (e.g., young children) see only the dolphins. Can you see the dolphins?


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    Quote Originally Posted by PsyDoc
    The above discussion of whether someone sees cyclists on the towel or bull riding prompted me to post this pic. The interesting thing about it is that most adults or those with a schema for sexual behavior see a couple engaged in sexual intercourse (or about to do so). However, those without a schema for sexual behavior (e.g., young children) see only the dolphins. Can you see the dolphins?

    sorry...can't see the dolphins. ;)
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    I see a baby goat eating grass. Or maybe a bunny.

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    Yes! Exactly!

    Quote Originally Posted by Frith
    I'm with you man.

    That outline you drew of the cyclist is exactly the one I was talking about! Also, his back wheel could also be the front wheel of another bike/cyclist which extends off the left side of the towel.....

    Now about the bottle with the dolphins - I'm trying very hard to see dolphins and I can't see them at all - but I clearly see the couple engaging in an intimate moment! Nice yabos.... ;>)

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    Took me a while to see the dolphins

    Look at the dark area between the man and the woman. Try starting at the man's armpits

    Quote Originally Posted by PsyDoc
    The above discussion of whether someone sees cyclists on the towel or bull riding prompted me to post this pic. The interesting thing about it is that most adults or those with a schema for sexual behavior see a couple engaged in sexual intercourse (or about to do so). However, those without a schema for sexual behavior (e.g., young children) see only the dolphins. Can you see the dolphins?


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    Aha!

    Quote Originally Posted by kilimanjaro
    Look at the dark area between the man and the woman. Try starting at the man's armpits

    Oh, yes, NOW I see the dolphins! Pretty cool...... Will be interesting to see what my 3-year old son sees. He'll probably see Thomas the Tank Engine.

    Funny that what I saw in the towel really looked like a cyclist to me. Ha! Does this mean I'm obsessed?! Doesn't matter, I already knew I was. I'm recently divorced and now rent a tiny little house - with 9 bikes sqeezed into the tiny basement..... Just can't bear to part with them! A sure sign of obsession! :>)

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    I'm relieved to say I couldn't see dolphins...

    ...just the frisky humans, at least until the dolphins were pointed out, and even then it took some doing. I didn't see dolphins in the grease stains, either....

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    I see a man on a grassy knoll

    Isn't it obvious?
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    I'm not sure what you guys are talking about with the dolphins. maybe somebody wants to outline it for me! thanks1

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