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!