Here's my pre- and post-ride routine...
Wipe down tires with glove, checking for embedded glass, rocks etc and remove if required. Pump up tires (I like 100psi front, 105 rear). Brake, shifting and steering check on the way down the driveway and along the road. I live on a pretty quiet cul-de-sac so that stuff's easy.
If dry, I'll wipe down frame with Pledge. That's it - takes 5-10 minutes. I like doing this - it makes me look closely at all the bits of the frame for damage etc. and it leaves the bike smelling all nice. I have Orange Pledge right now but prefer Lemon. Whatever you do, do NOT get pledge on your rims or brake pads.
If the drivetrain needs lubing (I lube only when the chain starts to chirp) then I'll degrease and lube the chain as well. I have one of those chain cleaner tools which works well. I use a dry lube, one link per roller. Chain lube and cleaning probably adds another 5 minutes or so.
If it's wet, or I've been doing cyclocross, or once a month, I'll wash the bike. First I hose down frame with a garden hose set to dribble, taking care not to get water in the hubs, BB, headset. Degrease chain and cogs, remove wheels and set aside. Scrub rear cassette and rim with soapy water and a plastic bristle brush and leave to dry. Repeat with front. Clean derailleurs and front rings. Dig out bits of mud and debris from brake pads. Dry and Pledge frame. Clean and dry wheels and reinstall. Lube chain, rear and front derailleur pivots and brakes. And then you're done!
I can do both bikes in about 45 minutes at a nice leisurely pace. These days I take less care with my cross bike as I know it's going to get muddy 2x a week, but when I wash my roadbike I take my time, usually 25 minutes or so.
Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 10/8/2008 (11:45)
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