Job Well Done

Eric Marcotte led a 1-2 finish for his team SmartStop in a field sprint to capture the men’s national road title at the 2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.

(all photos by Jonathan Devich)

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I only trust ProGold !!

My name is Jon Pettit.  A wonderer, lover of getting lost, bike rep, wrench, appreciator of great whiskey and cold pbr’s.  I’ve traveled the US down the continental divide, spent my youth in the muck and mud of the Pacific Northwest ruining equipment and burning through lubes, cleaners and what not’s, now I rip across the desserts of the southwest in the dust and heat encountering all sorts of mechanical issues and harsh vegetation.  I Co-habitat with a pro racer, my garage seems to be the local shop, I’ve lost count of the amount of builds, overhauls and repairs done in one of my favorite spaces.

I use whatever works, and works the best.  I met Bruce in Prescott for the first real time, and have since kept in steady contact with the nomadic lube man.  He dispatched some of his goods a couple years back and to my surprise, it wasn’t a junk hand off, I’m skeptical of products that boast such names as “the best stuff ever?!!!!!   Usually means you’re going to use it till it’s gone and go back to your old ways.  But from day one, I was proved wrong and not only does Bruce use his enthusiasm for bikes but it matches his knowledge of products.  We sometimes have 8 bikes that hang in the garage, and right now I have another two bikes I’m building for friends.  The girls rode team was in town earlier this year, and that meant washing 8 bikes every day, cleaning, lubing and riding, and we tried to get some bike work done too….

From the progold bike wash/degreaser, luber pen (my personal favorite), extreme lube, citrus degreaser and the gnarly blast off that will surely cure any ugly incident.   I turned some wrenched for FCS/Zngine earlier this year for the San Dimas road race and a couple others.  While traveling with the team I wasn’t able to bring out my usual accoutrement of tools and goodies.  I sorely missed my ProGold loving, working with subpar cleaner and lubes was frustrating, and didn’t leave the bikes with the usual shine and sparkle, when you’ve got Amber Neben winning the TT, you want the bike to be perfect.

From the road rigs, tt bikes and more importantly the mountains bikes that see thousands of miles of abuse in the dusty, rocky heavens of Arizona and beyond I only trust ProGold to leave me with the end result I’m looking for, and while doing clinics for SRAM and Rockshox Its only going to be progold products that get used on my own rides and those I get to fix in the compounds of my compound.

There’ll be more from the trail, but use the best, leaves us for more time on the trails, with people and friends we love and of course whiskey and ice cold PBR’s, until next time JP.


Stop Off at the Handmade Show/Denver

Well since the Last ProGold Blog Entry, ProGold was able to attend the Handmade Bicycle Show in Denver. All Hand-builder’s received, 1 can of Steel Frame Saver and a ProGold cassette sticker. During the Handmade Show ProGold was introduced to Andy Hampsten.  He politely informed me he is a huge fan of the ProLink, which if you haven’t heard is fourth in the Facts & Friction Velo News study, so of course ProGold Hhoked Andy up with all the ProGold goodies. Enclosed are a couple of pics of the awesome bikes from the show.

What an incredible show; ProGold will be in Charlotte NC next year as a sponsor. The amazing work of these Bicycle Shop Owners/ Handmade Bike Builders is not only limited to road bikes, but also mountain, tandem bicycles, cruisers, & fat bikes. While in Denver, ProGold got to stop at about 30 LBS over the days and even got to stop in on Sports Authority Corporate :) !

 

As ProGold continues on it’s 2013 Tour, stops will be made in Murietta, CA for the Tour of Murietta. The Following day ProGold will hop over to Bakerfield, CA for the Kerrysville Classic Event. Then on to  Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos, CA. Of course stops will be made at the LBS of several California shops. As March comes to a close ProGold will then Turn towards Monterey, CA. for  the Sea Otter event and at the end of the month for the Whiskey 50.

Trick to using the ProGold Extreme Lube, don’t put it on as often -it LASTS! Ride Well Ride Safe in 2013.  Bruce.

Handmade Show

Handmade Show

 

 


UCI Cyclocross World Championships

Dirty Drivetrain- before Blast Off!

Wow! Worlds Cyclocross in Louisville, KY. The Blast-Off Degreaser and Xtreme Lube worked awesome together during the nasty wet, cold, icy, and muddy conditions of the Masters and Elite races.
If you haven’t had a chance to try it, get some. It is truly an amazing product. The ability to blow out all the mud and ice in your cassette with one application makes Blast-Off quick and easy. You can read Drew Hager’s Blast-Off testimonial here. Several World Champion racers prefer ProGold Lubricants products to the competitors. Just saying. :) All the great ProGold products are available at our online store.

As the ProGold Tour 2013 continues west, stops were made in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona! ProGold will be at Epic Rides Old Pueblo in Tucson, AZ this week week.

Ride Well, Ride Safe in 2013

Bruce Dickman
Blogging about all things ProGold


ProGold 2013 Blog

ProGold Van

As ProGold Van Starts its 2013 Tour, ProGold is busy finishing up the WORLD AMBASSADOR program and getting all the sponsored teams, races and events nailed down for 2013. Busy time, but down time as well. It is good to be home for a few weeks. Now as the ProGold Van has been getting new brakes and touched up with a new front window and a vent fan, we are almost ready to depart for new exciting adventures with ProGold Lubricants. Check out bikes.progoldmfr.com for all your bike care products by ProGold!

To keep up in 2013, check out the Facebook page and Twitter feed for where the ProGold Tour will be in 2013. Have a awesome year and remember to RIDE WELL RIDE SAFE ALWAYS.

Bruce Dickman


ProGold Ambassadors

ProGold Ambassadors 2013

ProGold Lubricants has been on a mission this year to spread the word about its amazing products, which included sponsoring numerous events over the last 18 months.

ProGold is also pleased to announce its own list of Ambassadors for 2013. These ambassadors will help spread the ProGold love through social media, blogs and clinics throughout the country.

Ambassadors

Along with a whole list of team sponsorships, Trips for Kids events, Ladies’ clinics, trail work days, and numerous other events, ProGold will continue to support cycling into the coming years. As the new year approaches, ProGold needs your help in making sure your LBS (Local Bike Shop) is carrying your ProGold products. Please go in and ask the owner to carry your favorite ProGold Products.

As ProGold continues to grow and expand its line in 2013 you will see the ProGold team in several places this year. Check out this website for further details. We are planning a major trip to the northeast next year along with stops in AR, MI, WI, PA, CA, IL, OH, NY, VT, TX, and of course our friends north of the border, Canada!

Please remember to always Ride Well, Ride Safe.

Bruce Dickman


On with the Tour!

It has been about six months since I left the state of Georgia for the ProGold Tour 2012. In that time I have covered 20-some states and given out over 10,000+ 1/2 oz bottles of ProGold Extreme or ProLink. As I sit here flying back to Birmingham, Alabama for the 21st annual BUMP & GRIND, I am reminded of the awesome folks that ride for fun or for sport or professional status. We truly have a great network of the wheels/spokes/nipples as it goes round and round each turn. Thanks to all of you that either read or enjoy the pics of the tour.

This tour has been an eye-opening event for me personally on many different levels. First, I have gotten to travel to places I wouldn’t have ever dreamed I would get to and ride with some amazing folks. Just yesterday I met up with the Sea to Shining Sea tour. It is a group of wounded war veterans that are riding 3800+ miles across the USA to make Memorial Day in Va. Beach, VA. (my home town fyi). Yes, ProGold hooked them up with the ProGold goodies of Degreaser/Wash and ProGold Extreme for the long journey. Folks, the ProGold Extreme can travel over 200+ miles before needing another drop on the chain. This is truly a test for the ProGold Extreme. The Sea to Shinning Sea group also got some stickers, Voyager comics, ProGold Bike Wash, and Luber Pens. Plus, some of the lucky ones even got some ProGold MFR Gun Lube!! Yep that is right! Ride well, ride safe Veterans.

As I try to reflect on where else the Tour has traveled, I can tell you that one of the best places to ride is in the Annadale State Park in Santa Rosa, CA. I had the pleasure of hanging with the guys and gals of Norcal Bikes and The Bike Peddler for the weekend. I even got to share the ProGold Love with a top notch mechanic named Glenn. He is the owner of Norcal Bikes. He not only owns, but wrenches, for Levi and a lot of the professional tours. Yep, he got some ProGold Love too. :) What is really interesting as I travel is one trivia question I continue to ask (nope…nothin’ to do with ProGold, but where is Thomson Bike Parts made. Well, Glenn gave me the state and city without a second thought. That makes only five folks in all of the state of California who have known that answer.

Well, when the ProGold Tour continues north, we are venturing into the land of the great northwest and even greater western Canada. EH. The Tour stops consist of Portland, Ashland, Eugene, Seattle, Vancover, Fernie, Squamish, Whitefish, Montana, Ketchum, Idaho, Salt Lake City, and beyond, just to name a few. Please remember to ask for the ProGold products at your local bike shop and if they don’t have them, then order them online at www.progoldmfr.com.

 

Blogging about everything ProGold and beyond,

Bruce Dickman

Ride Well Ride Safe


California Tour Continues

As I sit here thinking of the ProGold Tour to tell everyone what has been happening, I am smiling to myself about all the folks I have crossed paths with over the last couple of weeks with ProGold lubricants & cleaners. It is funny as I walk into stores and share the love of the 1/2 oz bottles, comic books and flyers, plus Progold stickers. But, the real mission is to explain how really awesome the ProGold Degreaser Wash truly is. ProGold has been into over 500 dealer shops. The trick, I explain to the local bike shops, is that the longer the green stuff is left on the cassette and chain, the easier life is when you are ready to start brushing off the gunk!  The answer I get, usually a week or so later, is WOW, you weren’t lying (lol)!  Never!  Personally, I’ve been using the ProGold Green Stuff/ Degreaser/Wash for ten plus years so I should know how amazing this product really is.

Well, the ProGold Tour headed back east and south for a short jaunt to the Whiskey 50 & Epic Rides promotion. WOW is what I must say! I give it a Grade A+ all around for their commitment to every detail and to the equal payout for both men and women. It doesn’t get any better! Thank you to Epic Rides.com. I will explain a little more…this event is held in Prescott, AZ where guns and bikes go hand in hand. Well, ProGold has you covered in both areas if you didn’t know! Yep, we make gun lube called MFR-7. Check it out!

Next week, ProGold is headed to LA for another Endurastuff event on May 5th and then up to San Francisco for a meeting with Specialized,  Sidi, and Marin bikes, plus dinner with Maurice Tierney and Polly of Dirt Rag (can’t wait for this). And, of course I will be visiting all of the local bike shops of SF.

 

Blogging about everything ProGold and beyond,

Bruce Dickman


ProGold in California!

As the ProGold Tour continues to travel in California on this Earth Day, we are reminded of the blessing of the bike! It is awesome that ProGold Lubricants makes bio-degradable products such as the Carbon Bike Wash and the Degreaser/Wash. Both have been on the market for over 10 years and are amazing products.  Just let them sit for about 5 to 10 minutes on your grungy bike and watch the magic happen. Being the first year for ProGold and I to make an appearance at Sea Otter is a blessing and has rekindled many old friendships and  forged some exciting new ones. Sea Otter offers so many avenues for the ProGold Products to be highlighted…from the lubes, to the wash, and to the towels. Also, it is always great to hear that the Pro’s that use them LOVE THEM.

Well, as the ProGold Tour moves down the road, our next stop is the Whiskey 50 In Prescott, AZ. Then, it is back to San Francisco and north to Seattle in time.

Please, if you haven’t tried the Degreaser/Wash from  ProGold, you’re missing out on an amazing sight to watch the green stuff work.  Show your bike some love and get some today! :)

Blogging About all Things ProGold in 2012,

Bruce Dickman


ProGold Heads Northwest

As March comes to a close, the ProGold Tour presses north/northwest to the land farthest from Georgia and ProGold Lubricants home base.  ProGold is heading into the great northwest of America and British Columbia in the coming months.

As I reflect on where the ProGold van has been, I also want to thank the many bike/cyclery shops that we have visited and given goodies to in the name of ProGold.

Since the last report, the Tour has visited LA, San Diego, San Pedro, San Dimas, Redlands, Orange County, Newbury Park and many others not listed here. We also want to thank the companies of J&B Distributors of CA, KHS, Giant, Oakley, Intense Cycles, Turner Supsension Bikes, and Specialized for their hospitality in showing the love while we toured California.

ProGold, in the last two weeks, has handed out well over 2000 1/2 ounce bottles of ProGold Xtreme and ProLink, along with the individual ProGold Towels. As ProGold turns north, we are heading to the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival on April 14-16 and then on to the land of SEA OTTER, but only as a spectator. Look for us in our ProGold Kits handing out goodies to all individuals.

 

Look forward to seeing you soon. Ride Well Ride Safe with ProGold Lubricants in 2012.

Bruce Dickman