actually work. For example, you might find
a good deal on a new fork, but then realize
it comes with Boost spacing, which may
require a new axle size and wheel. Then
that wheel may come with a CenterLock
brake mount, which will require a new
rotor. Then that brake mount may be
designed for a specific-size rotor, so you
will need an adapter. Don’t even get us
started on headsets.
DO keep your bike clean without going
crazy. A clean bike runs better than a dirty
one, and the cleaning process gives you a
chance to look over your frame and components to spot issues before they become
Prevent a fail: Change your chain before it breaks. Drivetrain parts wear together,
and doing this bit of preventive maintenance will save money in the long run.
Easy fix: A new shifter cable will fix most of your ghost-shifting problems for much
less than the cost of new drivetrain parts.
You can do it: Knowing how to do the simple repairs, like changing a tube, can save
costly trips to the bike shop. Our monthly “Garage Files” feature is a great place to
gather info on many of these repairs.