Maintaining Your EquipmentChris Sproule
If you show up to a race with equipment that is not working properly, then it is very hard to be successful. In many instances, you have lost the race even before you started. Even when I do my best to keep my handcycle in tip top condition, things don’t always work out the way you want. I ran one race with a tire that kept leaking air and my spares kept puncturing as well. I had to overinflate it before the crit with the hopes that it would hold enough air to get me through the 35 minute race. It did. For the LA Marathon a few years ago, I snapped a brake cable as I was approaching the starting line and there was not enough time to fix it. I had to run the race using only my parking brake which was very difficult considering the first two miles were all fast, technical, and downhill. Needless to say, I did not win the race. A clean bike sounds good, feels good, and performs good. Maintain your equipment as it is one of the many keys to success.