I got a chain cleaning box for Christmas (thanks Sarah and Guy!) and I’ve invested in some proper bike cleaning brushes so gave the cheap hybird a good clean over (with the help of Cycling Plus’ Winter Cycling Guide recommendations!), and replaced the front brake pads before heading back to work tomorrow. A job well done, even if I STILL have black hands a few hours later.
There was a LOT of crap on my chain and cassette (the cogs) and the deep clean has really made a difference. Well worth the investment in both cost and time. And getting into a cleaning routine should help me keep the bikes in good nick and running smoothly.
Still awaiting the new bike though…should be here soon!!