Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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My theory, so far:
In the fall, grease everything that could attract road salt, especially under the bottom bracket, fork and stays. Grease all exposed cables and lubricate those travelling in sleves.
Then, once in a blue moon, clean the top and seat tube so I keep my clothing clean.
When the chain complaints, lubricate it with something thick. Depending on weather, I go from the green Finish Line to bearing grease... to WD-40 (when I had put grease, expecting a full week of wet weather... and we don't get anything)..
In April, remove Winter tires, clean the bike, regrease bearings and install slick tires.
BTW, I have fenders and long mudflaps, which help a lot to keep the bike clean.