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Old 09-24-15, 01:02 AM
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Advice for Cleaning my Bike

So, I've recently purchased a Surly LHT and have put a decent amount of miles on, mostly, crushed gravel. The problem is that I've never cleaned a bike before. I know it can't be rocket surgery, but I'm afraid that I'll do some sort of damage to a bike that costs more than my car. Should I just hose it off? Soap or no Soap? Chain lube afterwards and if so, how do I lube a chain? Any other general maintenance? Sorry for the stupid questions, but this is the first bike I've bought since middle school (and yes, that bike for middle school still hasn't been cleaned). Thanks in advance.
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