So, I've been putting some effort into cycling almost daily since the beginning of November '12. Getting better condition, shedding body tonnage, having fun and feeling better about myself. Started doing 5 miles and built it up to 20+ daily, then dropped back to 11-15 depending on time available. Until the "great fall".....creeping around a corner (on ice) when the bike shot out from under me with incomprehensible quickness. Okay, lesson learned. Don't ride on icy road days. Cool. BUT, now it's been five days straight of icy roads and I'm going stir-crazy worrying about gaining all the weight back, losing conditioning, yadda, yadda. Can't do the studded tire thing right now, or the indoor trainer isn't in the budget either. I guess I could do some weights or something while I wait for snow free days. Hey, thanks for the chance to talk myself through this! Never mind that rant
Another question about maintenance, though, please. When I brought the used bike home in November I gave it a thorough cleaning using Simple Green to do the chain, deraillers and cassette/chainring. I use a chainlube max twice weekly and wipe the chain down almost every ride. The cassette has picked up so much crap already that it'll need to be degreased with a brush again. Is this the nature of the beast? What a pita! How do all you bike pic posters keep the drivetrain looking so dry and clean??? I do wipe the whole thing quickly after a chain lube job. I can't figure it out! The bike runs so quietly and shifts so well after a fresh lube, I'd prefer that to a dry chain and resulting performance. Tips?