I ride a aluminum framed Trek T1 to class and because of my busy school day, I rarely have time to clean it off everyday anymore. Is it detrimental that I leave the salt and grime on the bike and then clean it come spring when I go home and have access to all my cleaning equipment?
I figured this wouldn't have any adverse effects since the frame is painted and it is comprised mostly of aluminum. I figure the chain, sprocket and chainring would be the only areas prone to wear due to the added grit that would be picked up from day to day usage.
Add to that the higher risk of getting the paint job all scratched up. And the negative "flashiness" factor.
Am I missing anything? Or have I laid out all the key areas of concern?
My only other option is to just throw the bike into the shower clean it out that way since I'm living in an apartment on campus. Yay or nay?