Here's what I do:
After every ride - wipe down frame with Pledge (lemon is my favourite) taking care not to get any on the rims or braking surfaces. This takes about 5-10 minutes. I generally clean the drivetrain components with a bit of water and dry off too. When I've been riding in showers I'll wipe off the road dirt with a wet rag first, dry and then Pledge.
I generally only lube the chain etc. if it starts to squeak or stick but when I Pledge I'll also go and check the tires for glass etc.
After every month, or if I've been riding long in the rain (or in the dirt), I'll wash the bike. I'll clean and degrease the chain (love my chain cleaner tool), then remove the wheels, etc, before hosing down the bike. Don't use a high-pressure hose, just a regular garden hose set to dribble over everything is good. I'll then spray with Simple Green bike cleaner and go clean up the wheels and scrub the cogs while it sits. Then rinse off and dry (I like paper towels for this).
Then I'll put the bike together and then lube everything. I'll use a "normal" lube, one drop per chain link. I'll also lube the derailleur and brake pivots too. The whole bike washing procedure takes me about 20 minutes.
It's weird but I really like having a squeaky clean bike. And giving it a thorough once over every so often means that you'll catch problems before they become major ones....
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