If it’s really mucky, I stop off at the jetwash on the way home and spend a quid just blasting off most of the mud …. from a distance, as a pre-cleaning. My shoes usually get blasted as well, as they generally get shoved in the washing machine with muddy clothes and the missus goes apes**t if they’re mudisssimo! 😳
Then, it’s bike on the rack and a good soaping down with hot water and either a drop of Fairy Liquid or car cleaner in the bucket. Soft brush all over and a rinse before running compressed air over shifters, brake levers, brakes, front & rear mech and cassette. If the mechs are greasy, a quick spraying with ‘Muck-Off’ usually helps.
Chain gets a quick ‘once over’ with one of those stiff 3-sided brushes and when all is dry, I usually lube the chain with White Lightning wet lube or something a bit teflon-y.
Then I usually check it all over and swear when I see the bits I’ve missed!! 🙄
I give the bike a good hosing down first then wash the frame and wheels with hot water only, chamios the frame dry and then spray gt85 onto an old cloth and wipe the frame and outer cable housings with this.
I then degrease the running gear and then wash these down and dry with an old cloth, then use a chain cleaner filled with LIDL glass cleaner (it has degreaser in it) wash, then dry the chain and then lube.
The rotors i just use an alcohol based cleaner, if the brakes have been squealing a lot then i will take out the pads and deglazed them by sanding them down on the back step (concrete).
takes me a couple of hours to clean the whole bike, but then if you have spent a vast amount of cash on a bike then it is time well spent (and very theraputic.. MAD and INSANE are the terms that my Mrs. uses though….) 😉