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

Even More Stops on the ProGold Tour

Since the last blog entry, the ProGold Tour has been on a tear through Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas, with almost 60 shops covered in these states so far with all of the great ProGold products. The ProGold Towels and ProGold Wash/Degreaser have been the biggest hits so far on the tour. As the ProGold Tour moved through the different towns such as Memphis, Little Rock, Nashville, Dallas, Austin, Abilene, and so many others, the ½ oz ProGold Extreme bottles have been passed out to over 1000 riders and more to come.

The Tour did a stop in Abilene, TX last week where the ProGold LOVE was shared with over 300 Texans in the middle of the Lone Star state. What a great race, and congratulations to Biketown of Abilene for a superb job with the event. The entire town got behind the race by sponsoring a cook-out and music and just a down-home Texas-style bike race.

The Tour progresses over the next month with stops in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Sherport , Hot Springs, Missouri and Alabama before the ProGold van heads back to Atlanta. The Tour is mainly focusing on the shops this time around with making sure that each and every shop has the best quality and up-to-date products for their shops. The Tour is also dropping off the latest version of the Voyager comic book for each shop, and you can also download a copy for your entertainment at progoldmfr.com/comic/.

Well, as always, enjoy the ride. RIDE WELL, RIDE SAFE.

 

Talking about all things ProGold,

Bruce Dickman