I hesitate to ask this but I want you to know I've just finished scanning ALL of the pages in this section from the beginning looking for a similar thread (btw, we should have a section totally devoted to chain oiling...it comes up on every single one of the 250 pages I've looked at!)
There are a lot of us out there who have been doing our own maintainence on our bikes for years and the oldfashioned way has worked for us just fine. Solvent washes for the chain and regular oiling would see us getting 3-10 years life out of the driveline components. Axle/chasis grease from the hardware store and we'd never have a bottom bracket fail on us. Same thing with wheel bearings. A squirt or two of oil down the cables would see them lasting just about forever too.
Personally, I loved the days when I could tinker around with my bike for hours at a time but the reality is, I don't have that luxury now...but I hate paying someone to work on my bike when I know I will do a better job on it.
Modern materials are lighter but I don't think they are designed to last longer, meaning maintenance if anything needs to occur more frequently, not less.
My question: I have always taken my chain off and give it a solvent bath every 4 weeks and then add my favourite secret sauce (50/50 varsol/oil) every week before a ride. Will I be just has happy with the results (and have more time to ride) if I use a commercially available chain cleaning tool , Parks for example, every week or so and give the chain the full treatment? I'm trying to save some time as I now have 5 bikes that I look after, not just one but I don't want to save time if I won't get the longevity I'm after.
Same with bearings. A $2.00 can of grease goes a long ways. I always believe that clean cheap grease is better than expensive dirty stuff. Are the new components wearing out faster than the older ones even with the new bike specific lubes?
Sorry for rambling on...it's a problem you develope when you get older!