I was riding on the Capital Crescent trail in DC, and my drivetrain got pretty filthy from riding on the packed dirt. Nothing unusual, but it got me to thinking of the week-long tour I'll be doing this summer, which will be mostly on the same kind of paths. What's the simplest way to maintain a bike on the road?
Has anyone figured out how to clean and lube your drivetrain while on tour? Bringing a small container of oil is easy to figure out - put some oil into an old eyedropper container or something similar. But how does one strip the old crud off? (This is really only an issue for longer tours on dirt roads, of course.)
I usually use a chain cleaner and a small brush, but bringing these along is a recipe for disaster if something leaks, and it's almost impossible to get the old dirty degreaser out of the chain cleaner without a scrub sink.
A few tours back, a bike shop cleaned me up for free, but one can't always count on there being a shop. Maybe bring a small spray can of degreaser and find a hose?