Is your bike Mudgee ready? Earlier this week, we spoke with Shimano Australia to get their best advice on how to be Mudgee Classic prepared!
The hours on the bike have been banked. You’ve made your way to Mudgee, had a good feed and a decent sleep. Essentials are in your pocket, bottles filled, helmet buckled up and it’s time to roll to the start line.
One of the last things you want on the day, is to ride a few kilometres and encounter a mechanical problem; which either slows you down – or worse – ends your ride altogether! Especially if it’s something that could have been easily avoided in the first place.
The best thing you can do for your pride and joy is to visit your local bike shop prior to the event. Have your bike inspected, serviced and any worn-out consumables replaced – drivetrain components (chainrings, cassette, chain, pulley wheels) and brake pads. Plus. Cables if you’re using mechanical shifting and/or rim brakes.
Don’t forget to check your shoes too! Worn cleats can make clipping in difficult or, worse, cause you to unclip unnecessarily. It us best to change them at least a week or two beforehand, so that you become familiar with the feeling of fresh cleats.
“Shimano components are engineered to work together as a system,” a company rep told us. “While alternatives might exist – we insist on asking your local bike shop to use Shimano Original Parts. The result is optimal performance and longevity from your components; and that they function together the way they were designed to.”