Well, I made a huge mistake today. I took The Coda out on the Youghiogheny River Trail (part of the Great Allegheny Passage.)
Now I'm not afraid of getting my bike dirty, but the crushed limestone trail was very muddy and not so easy to pedal 700cc-28 tires on. I spent most of the ride on the trail and chose a gear combo where I could spin 80RPM at 8-9 mph! Like pedaling on sand!
Now The Coda is FILTHY and needs her first bath. I'm fortunate that we cut a small notch out of the door that goes from the basement into the garage so my wife could run a hose out to her dog grooming table (dog's are her cycling.) So, I'm planning on backing the car out and washing The Coda in the heated garage!
Now, I don't have a fancy bike care kit that has all the brushes. I was hoping to use a car sponge and car soap after I rinse as much mud and dirt off. Was going to do a 7-1 Simple Green solution with an old tooth brush on the chain, rinse extra well and re-lube.
Any suggestions to what I might do different? I may not get to the wash until tomorrow, but I may get to it later this evening.
As always, your help is greatly appreciated!