Now is the Time! – Your Bike Deserves a Full Service
If you have limited mechanical knowledge, you may wish to leave your bike in the safe hands of a professional bike mechanic. Not your mate down the road who has fixed a few bikes in his time, but a trained professional in a bike shop. The Paparoa Track is a rough, technical trail, and your bike is going to get a good hammering, so it might pay to treat your bike to a full/complete service – not just a quick check.
If it’s been a while since you’ve given your bike any love, and you’ve been smashing out the kms, it might pay to invest in a new drivetrain and gear cables. A bike mechanic will be able to assess the current state of your drivetrain and provide you with the best advice. This would need to be done at least a few weeks in advance of your planned ride, to allow time for new cables to stretch and to ensure everything is working as it should.