I've had a little browse and search but can't really find something answering my questions, so I figured I may as well post them and ask.
I've had my road bike a year now and my cleaning routine has basically been to wipe it down after every ride in adverse/wet weather, and then to hose it and muc-off/lube/oil it every month-ish.
It then dawned on me that I'm probably doing something wrong along the line somewhere so did some Googling. Problem being that it's difficult to tell a lot of times who the forum posts or articles it throws up are aimed at - some said to not even ever wash but just wipe down, some said to totally disassemble and clean and lube every part etc
Now being a bit of a clean freak kinda sometimes (when I can be bothered, it's a strange one) and also being one who wants to master my machine, I'd eventually like to go down the route of taking it apart and cleaning it. I don't mean to the extreme, just the wheels off, chain off, that sort of thing - basically splitting it into main parts to make it easier to clean and more accessible.
So my babbling question is thus: what's the best way to go about this? To this point I've leaned it against the wall in the garden and hosed it, then wiped down parts and applied muc-off then rinsed that off then lubed and oiled. I also saw something about not to use a pressure washer, but it didn't really explain why?
Also I quite fancy one of those chain gear cleaning things that you clamp on - are they worth it? And should I get some sort of bike stand?
What are the best tools to use? I have a steel bristle toothbrush thing that I use on the chain to get all the bits of grit and dirt out (not that there often is any)
So yeah any info would be appreciated. Tell me where I'm being over the top and tell me where I'm neglecting etc, thank you very much.
I'm a bit of a total noob slash total idiot when it comes to the mechanics of it as well and what a perfectly smooth running bike should sound like or feel like etc so info there would be nice too.