I haven't used my bicycle properly in a long time, I only really use it to take the fifteen minute ride down to the shops and then back. I am ashamed to say, the most I do in terms of servicing is spraying a bit of WD-40 on the chain every month or so and pumping the tyres. Now I am looking to get into the sport more seriously, I thought it would be about time to do a proper service, and restore as much of the bike to health as I can. From articles I have read on this forum and on the rest of the internet, I understand that you should de-grease the parts and wash it down with water (and car wax?) and then apply proper bicycle lubricant. If anyone can give me any suggestions on how to properly clean the bike and maintain it in the future I would be appreciative. I'm guessing that bits of hay and sand stuck in the chain aren't good for your bike? Thanks in advance!