Grease Monkey Wipes Proud to be a Sponsor of the ATLAS Ride

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 2 comments
Come join the Texas 4000 Saturday, June 6th on the first day of their epic 4500 mile journey from Austin to Anchorage. Enjoy beautiful views, gently rolling hills, and wildlife of the Texas hill country on either a 50 or 70 mile route from Cedar Park to Lampasas. The ride is fully supported and ends at Texas Legato where riders are invited to enjoy live music, BBQ, beer, and wine tasting. To register or for more information, visit Atlas Ride.

Grease Monkey Wipes is a sponsor of this event so not only will you be supporting the amazing riders of the Texas 4000 but you also get a free Grease Monkey Wipes in your rider goodie bag. What more could you ask for?

Grease Monkey Wipes - Press Release

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 4 comments
Grease Monkey Wipes – Not Just for Greasy Hands Anymore!

Austin, TX – May 5, 2009 – Clean your hands and your bike with just one wipe. Grease Monkey Wipes, the premier individually packaged degreasing wipes for cyclists, provide a convenient solution to cleaning your greasy hands as well as your bike chain and other drivetrain components.

Grease Monkey Wipes were originally designed for cyclists to clean their hands after a mid-ride repair. Now cyclists are using them to clean their bikes too.
“When we introduced Grease Monkey Wipes we envisioned them as a portable solution to remove grease from your hands after changing a flat tire, putting back on a dropped chain, or dealing with other mechanical issues associated with riding,” says Tim Stansbury, owner of Grease Monkey Wipes. “Now our customers are sharing additional ways they use the wipes, such as easily cleaning their bike chains. They like the fact that they can use a single, pre-moistened wipe to quickly clean the chain, whether at home or at an event.”

Designed by cyclists for cyclists, Grease Monkey Wipes are individually packaged degreasing wipes. Each durable 2.5” x 4” pouch contains an 8” x 7” nontoxic, pre-moistened wipe that utilizes a natural, citrus-based formula to handle heavy duty cleaning, including grease and grime. Grease Monkey Wipes are conveniently sized to be kept in a saddle bag, bento box, jersey pocket, post-race bag, or toolbox.

Grease Monkey Wipes have a MSRP of $1.00 and can be purchased online at www.greasemonkeywipes.com and at bicycle retailers throughout North America. Interested in carrying Grease Monkey Wipes? The company is in the process of expanding its retailer and distributor network and welcomes new dealer inquiries. Please contact Tim Stansbury at tim@greasemonkeywipes.com for more information. There is a low minimum order and prices are keystone.

About Grease Monkey Wipes:
Grease Monkey Wipes is located in Austin, TX and strives to provide unique products for cycling and triathlon enthusiasts. The company is committed to offering customers eco-friendly products that are made in the United States. For more information visit the company’s website at www.greasemonkeywipes.com.

MS 150 Ride Report

Monday, May 4, 2009 5 comments

This past weekend I participated in my third two-day MS150 bike ride. The two previous have been from Houston to Austin with a stop over in LaGrange, this one was from Frisco to Fort Worth with a stop over in Justin. Or at least that was the plan. Thursday night of last week I received an email from the MS folks saying that due to the swine flu Tarrant county had canceled all public gatherings for the upcoming weekend. This meant that Fort Worth would no longer be our finishing destination.

When I heard the news I was pretty bummed because I figured they would simply cancel day two of the event, and I was questioning if I wanted to drive 7 plus hours roundtrip to ride only a single day. Luckily the MS folks were able to make some quick changes to the route and finishing venue and Day 2 was back on (at least for the time being).

So Carri, our friend Michelle and I headed up to Frisco. We stayed at a pretty cool hotel called Aloft that is part of the W Hotel family. Really funky and modern, but they had a nice hotel bar that had a good happy hour so we were all happy.

After receiving another email from the MS group later in the evening stating that overnight camping was no longer allowed at Texas Motor Speedway we were a little worried but were glad that we knew that at least Day 1 was still on, even though they did reiterate that if it was raining the route might be closed.

The rest of the evening was pretty uneventful but the 5 AM wakeup call did come pretty early, but nothing left to do but gear up and ride.

The weather was pretty nice, overcast and not too oppressively hot, even though it was humid as a mother. Unfortunately my computer was not working so I did not know my speed or cadence for the first 38 miles. I think without that info I was going a little faster than planned and ended up losing Michelle pretty quickly. Sorry Chel.

All through the day you could tell we going to get weather and twice I rode through areas where the temperature immediately dropped 20 degrees. Then I would ride about 20 minutes and just as quickly as it dropped it warmed back up. This is the first time in my 4 years of riding that this has ever happened to me. And it happened twice. The second time going from cold to hot my glasses even fogged up. Obviously we were going in and out of the leading edge of the incoming front.

Luckily I finished the 88 mile route in a little over 4.5 hours and was ahead of the weather.

Michelle on the other hand got caught in some weather, but luckily made it back in great spirits.

As with most Texas storms the storm that hit the Speedway came fast and furious with tons of rain, high winds, and lots of lightning and thunder. Luckily we had ridden with the Saint Arnold Brewery team and they had plenty of Rudy's barbeque and several delicious varieties of their beer to help us weather the storm. It is amazing how fast the campground area turned into rushing rivers of water.

We had a feeling with all the rain and more expected the next day that day two would be canceled so we began packing up our gear for the drive back to Austin, and sure enough shortly after we left an announcement was made canceling the second day.

So after everything was said and done the second day was indeed canceled, not due to the swine flu but due to good old Mother Nature. But I was not disappointed at all...I got to ride my bike, I got to hang out with friends, I made some new friends, I tried some really delicious beer, and most importantly I was able to raise funds for the MS Society to help those affected with MS. A pretty good weekend in my book.