Well-oiled bikes go faster with less ef­fort

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - — Supplied.

“AR­RIV­ING at a race with a clean bike is very im­por­tant to me, there is also an old say­ing a clean, well pre­pared ve­hi­cle or bike will al­ways go faster and smoother, we call it free speed,” said mul­ti­ple cy­cling cham­pion Ash­leigh Mool­man Pa­sio.

“It’s all about mar­ginal gains and be­lieve it or not a choice of chain lu­bri­cant can make all the dif­fer­ence,” said the cham­pion cy­clist who earns her bread as a chem­i­cal engi­neer.

Pa­sio is spon­sored by Liqui Moly, and said the gi­ant Ger­man lu­bri­cant com­pany’s at­ten­tion to de­tail is im­pres­sive, as they of­fer a choice of lu­bri­cants for dif­fer­ent weather con­di­tions.

“When rac­ing in wet con­di­tions I like to use the Liqui Moly Bike Chain Oil Wet Lube, it helps my bike run smoothly in the tough­est con­di­tions, they cer­tainly did their home­work on these prod­ucts.

“Dif­fer­ent chain lubes for dif­fer­ent con­di­tions is very clever,” said Ash­leigh.

She said cy­cling at the high­est level is all about find­ing free speed, which is what Liqui Moly’s LM40 mul­ti­pur­pose spray to main­tain her wheel bear­ings, gears and all mov­ing parts on her bi­cy­cles as­sisted her. But­the tre fix­ing kit is the hand­i­est.

“Be­ing a fe­male it can be dif­fi­cult and stress­ful to fix a flat when train­ing on my own but the Liqui Moly’s Bike Tyre Fix has pro­vided a great so­lu­tion for me. Within five min­utes of get­ting a punc­ture I am back on my bike rid­ing and with no has­sle at all — this prod­uct is a real life­saver,” said Ash­leigh.

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Cham­pion cy­clist Ash­leigh Mool­man Pa­sio.

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