I'm kind of a n00b so sorry if I sound naive. Chance are it's because I am I'm wondering how often you guys would recommend cleaning your bike and lubing up your chain for someone (like me) who rides almost daily. To and from work during the weekdays and for fun on the weekends. I live in the Northeast so the winters are not nice to bikes here. I've had my new Rockhopper for two weeks and already it was covered in mud, salt, and sand (especially the chain, chainrings, freewheel, derailleurs... basically all the components). Also, what are some essential do's and don'ts for bike cleaning. Here's what I decided to do this afternoon:
1. sprayed the whole bike down with water (gently) using a hose, and then applied a foamy layer of "simple green bike cleanser and degreaser" (purchased at a local bike shop). I basically put it everywhere including the frame and components because it's supposed to be pretty safe stuff. I cleaned the rims, chainrings, and freewheel using a brush which I also purchased along with the simple green.
2. rinsed everything with water and dried with a cloth.
3. applied some chain lube around the chain and let it sit a few minutes, then wiped with the cloth as I peddled backwards to move the chain through the cloth. I used "Pedro's Ice Wax" cuase this is what they sold at the shop and it said it was for dry to damp conditions which pretty much covers my normal riding conditions.
I think everything went pretty well, just not sure if I put enough lube back on the chain or not. I'm also wondering if there are any other components besides the chain that I should be lubing up, and how often I should be doing this whole process. Thanks in advance.