Amen. I rode for two hours yesterday in the slop - rain, road salt, sand, you name it. Spent THREE houirs today washing, cleaning, repacking, lubing, drying, tightening, truing, etc. You can never be too careful indeed. Besides PCs and super wheels and so on, one of the best things we can do for our overall racing (and one of the most overlooked) is become our own, good mechanic. None of my bikes goes more than a week without a washdown, relube and fine-toothed comb analysis. 5 years of racing (tri, road and MTB) and never had a mechanical - people talk about luck; I like to say you make your own. Keep your bike in good repair and the chances of a race day failure are almost nil.
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