2. Use Lots of Chain Lube
One important tip I learned ahead of Dirty Kanza was to use each checkpoint to clean and re-lube my chain. This is absolutely vital as the mud, dust, and grit quickly accumulate into a nightmare for your drivetrain. However, the small bottle of lube I picked up at the local bike shop didn’t cut it. Within ten minutes of leaving each checkpoint, my chain was creaking and grinding again—if my bike could cry out in pain, that was definitely the sound it was making. Go for a full bottle, and use it generously, taking the time to re-apply between checkpoints, which could save some headache-causing shifting issues later on.