It was just enough.
Then, with visions from yesterday's ride of Tom's immaculate drivetrain in my head, I came home and did the full cleaning of the bike.
Complete this phrase: A clean bike is:
- A sign that your obsessive-compulsive disorder is returning with a vengeance;
- Not a bike that I've ever seen outside a shop;
- A happy bike;
- What happens when the weather won't let me ride enough.
- Clean the chain (with mineral spirits; I know it's enviro-toxic, but I use about a twentieth of the quantity I used to use of water-based degreasers, in addition to dirtying up gallons of water - and the mineral spirits does a better job);
- Drop the wheels off;
- Wash the bike with spray detergent, rinse with water. Go over the greasy stuff with a wipe with mineral spirits on a rag.
- Wash the brake pads with detergent, rinse with water.
- Wash the wheels (hubs and rims) with detergent, and rinse. Pay special attention to the braking surfaces.
- Clean the cogset/cassette with mineral spirits and a brush. Wipe with a length of sisal twine run between the gears (this time; every second time I do it, I take the cassette apart and do the deep cleaning).
- Lube the chain using Ken G's "just enough lube" technique (after replacing the wheels, of course).
- Test ride to make sure the brakes don't squeak (and to hear the glorious silence of a newly-lubed drivetrain).