I am a bike slob. I never clean it, tune it, or really touch it except for riding. The last time I went into the shop the owner begged me to clean it before he had to see it again. The bike is set up according to factory settings despite six distinct adjustment points on the suspension system. I have lubed the chain on occasion, but generally only when it’s bone dry. I could spend more time caring for my rig, but I’d rather spend the time riding or doing something else.
I picked this particular bike up in November of last year. I am normally not an advocate of new equipment making a person a better athlete (see the Sizzlin’ post). However, in the case of mountain bikes, I think technology has done a lot for pedal pushers. Before this bike I had a hard tail and rode it on endless cross-country rides. When I hopped in the saddle on this sucker I began riding trails that were previously unimaginable. For the first time I’ve had both wheels simultaneously, and intentionally, off the ground, I’ve ridden skinnies across riverbeds, and I’ve blown through rock fields that I previously had to walk. A full-suspension has opened new doors in riding and has expanded my definition of mountain biking. It has given me the confidence to try new rides outside of the pure XC realm. You wouldn’t be able to tell from my care and maintenance record, but I love this bike.