Whats some of the really obvious things you messed up as a newbie?
When i first got into biking, i was riding up a hill and noticed a noise form my front end, and i looked around, kept riding though. I kept going through my head "Oh, yep, new headset thats 125 bucks" etc etc. The nwhen i go home i looked down and BAM. My skewer came loose and undone. I kicked myself. What other stuff like that did you do when you first got into it? Or now for that matter.