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    Best shop rag for the FR

    What do YOU use for a shop rag?

    I can't decide if I like old T shirts cut into 6" squares or old cloth diapers best.

    Do you use the same rag for polishing your spokes and cleaning your chain?

    I once used a wet wipe for a rag, but that's a different story altogether.

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    I'm a cowboy on a steel horse i ride!

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    Old t-shirts,socks,towels, anything cotton.

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    old shirts and pajamas

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    Old socks for cleaing/degreasing my chain. They're in abundance at my house and I use them once and pitch 'em.

    Old "anything else" for washing the rest of the bike.

    I reserve the old cloth diapers for staining (I do woodworking) - they're lint free so I don't waste them on cleaning a filthy bike.
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    This thread





    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Mountain lion skin

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    Seriously?

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    I know what doesn't make a good shop rag.
    A riding bud of mine lives a couple miles away. Usually I ride over to his house and we load up in his car and head out. I was riding to his house one day and my chain started skipping. When I got there we put my bike in his repair stand and started checking it out. In the process I got grease on my hands so I grabbed a rag off his workbench and wiped my hands with it. When I put it back on the bench I realized it was an old pair of BOXER SHORTS!
    For weeks I had nightmares about rubbing another mans ball sweat all over my hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcutterx
    Seriously?
    Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. Mt lion skin makes the BEST shop rags.

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    I think this is my favorite thread of all time.

    Kudos to you!


    Ya know what's interesting? I am in NJ this weekend and I've been riding my singlespeed around. Amazingly, the best stuff for the FR is also the best stuff for NJ. Who wudda thunk it? Clothing, tires, lube, bike, gearing, and even the Costco terry towels work perfectly. I'm in awe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. Mt lion skin makes the BEST shop rags.
    Agreed. But rabbit and prairie dog rags are way easier to get and handle. Can even be used right on the trail.
    "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit." - And I agree.

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    A topic near and dear to my heart. Harbor Freight sells a huge bag of those red shop rags for dirt cheap.

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    Hillarious

    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider
    I know what doesn't make a good shop rag.
    A riding bud of mine lives a couple miles away. Usually I ride over to his house and we load up in his car and head out. I was riding to his house one day and my chain started skipping. When I got there we put my bike in his repair stand and started checking it out. In the process I got grease on my hands so I grabbed a rag off his workbench and wiped my hands with it. When I put it back on the bench I realized it was an old pair of BOXER SHORTS!
    For weeks I had nightmares about rubbing another mans ball sweat all over my hands.
    HA! That's a funny one.

    Sort of like Family Guy

    I use old tshirts and socks as well. Now I finally know the reason I held onto them all for the last 15 years.....

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    Definitely a tee shirt.


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