My typical bike cleaning only takes about 30 minutes. First gather up the necessary equipment, in my case Simple Green, Squirt Chain Lube, some Teflon Bike Polish, a soft detail brush and my trusty Spin Doctor brush.
I learned about using Simple Green from my bike shop in Dallas, it's what they use to clean cassettes etc. I like that its biodegradable and I can let it rinse into the grass. It also does a fantastic job! My bike shop in North Carolina says "no no" to it, they say it's bad for the bike over time. It just works so much better than the citrus cleaners for me.
I spray down my entire bike with the Simple Green, giving the cassette and chain a little extra and let it sit for a few minutes. The soft detail brush (stolen from my husband's car washing bucket) works great for cleaning the frame and wheels. Then after a few more sprays of SG on the drive train I go to work on it with the little Spin Doctor brush. It's designed to get in between the cogs of the cassette nicely. I used to use a toothbrush, trust me this does much better, worth the $5 investment.
Then on to the rinse, be careful to use gentle water, and don't spray the bottom bracket or the wheel hubs. Yeah.. they're typically sealed bearings, but why chance it.
Then dry your bike with a soft cloth and make sure you get everything dry, especially the drive train. I usually do this in the sun and allow solar power to help in do the work.
After my bike is nice and dry it's time to give it some polish. I just happen to have some Teflon Bike Polish but furniture polish works just as well.
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Here is my bike ready for my race tomorrow! Happy and clean and ready to go!