I've got a new bike, and I want to take care of it really well.
It is a stock build of a surly cross check.
I got it on Thursday last week, and I've ridden about 120 miles already - down some gravel roads included.
I've already got 'grit' on my chain and on my front sprockets and rear cassette.
I'm a newb as far as bike mechanics go. I'd rather not remove my chain at this point.
I've watched a ton of youtube videos on cleaning bikes, and they are often contradicting of each other.
So here is my plan - tell me if any part will damage my bike.
I was going to clean the tires, frame, seat post, non drive areas with 'simple green' cleaner. I saw it used a lot on various videos.
For the chain, front sprocket/derailleur, rear cassette/rear derailleur this was my plan.
I was going to use White Lightning Spray degreaser on the chain with a rag as I pedal backwards.
****Here is where I have a question - should I spray the degreaser into the derailleurs/rear cassette or front sprocket area - or exclusively on the chain? ****
I'm wondering will the degreaser get into the bottom bracket or the hubs of the rear wheel and destroy the insides by removing grease? That part makes me nervous.
I was going to do the turn the rag sideways trick to clean the cassette. Should I use a toothbrush with degreaser there?
Ok once I get those questions answered I was going to relube with white lightning dry wax based and use a few drops of phil's tenacious oil on pivot points of the derailleurs.. . .
Also is it a good idea to run water over the cassette area? I KNOW that pressure washing is horrible, I'm just talking like pouring water over from a gallon pitcher to rinse away grit particles? I'm confused about what water can and can't damage, etc.
Thanks for talking to a newb about all this stuff. I know it may be laughable, but I saved for almost a year to buy a $1000 dollar bike and I want it to run for MULTIPLE years.