Don’t stress yourself needlessly out by arriving with a bike that is in desperate need of some TLC
The proper steps, at the proper times, will keep your bike running smoothly throughout the muddy season
To be one with your bike, you must learn to speak its language. A bike can emit several creaks, grinds and snaps to tell you when and where you need to pay more attention to it.
No matter how good you are at adjusting or maintaining your drivetrain, a bent derailleur hanger means you’ll likely never get your rear derailleur shifting just right.