my bike is really dirty and i don't know how to clean it.
so theres dirt all over it from biking in trails, and theres tons of built up black guck throughout the gears and chain. my chain always slips and i think its cause of this, but the middle front gear is slightly bent and that could be a problem to. I have to shift 1 gear over what gear i WANT in the rear, and usually can't use 7, or it will randomly switch between 6 and 7.
i was thinking spraying it with soap+water, getting all the mud off, then using varsol and a knife and then brushes+clothes to get off all the built up lube. (i do squirt some bike lube on the chain every few months, but probably too much, and thats the only maintenance i do)
afterwards i'll wash off the varsol with water, then dry it, then add some more bike lube. is this a good plan or should i go out and buy some products?
your help is very appreciated!