The conditions in southeastern PA have been very dry recently. The trails, which are usually damp and slightly muddy, have turned dusty and dry. I noticed how much less of a beating my components take with less mud, sand and wet leaves getting thrown into my chain and components.
I bought a new bike 4 months ago and ride it once or twice a week. I'm a casual mountain biker (or is that an oxymoron?) and I keep my bikes clean and in good working condition. Even so, the chain which came stock already looks beat and old. I'm going to replace it during the off-season.
Conditions here seem to be pretty ripe to tear up drivetrains. I was wondering what kind of wear problems you run into under different conditions.
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