Bike Tip: Clean Your Cassettes!
One time my kids were doing a craft project and they were using this wires with fur on them and I got this idea that they might work for flossing the cassette and to my surprise they actually worked! They are called chenille or straw cleaners. I used to just use old rags.
From then on I just buy a pack of them whenever we're at the dollar store.
Now my chain is cleanly waxed and my cassette is shiny all ready for tomorrow's ride to Elmira!