In general, cycling allows to me switch off, relax and enjoy some time on my own for anything from 20 minutes to a few hours and surprisingly, despite some of the bad behaviour of drivers while I am commuting on my Brompton in London, my temper rarely frays like it would when I am behind the wheel of my car. One thing that can be a chore is maintenance, I’m not suggesting neglecting safety critical jobs and I do enjoy tweaking and adjusting things from time to time, but two things have reduced the cleaning / oiling time through the winter - mudguards and Chain L.
I’m very pleasantly surprised how much cleaner chain, crank and running gear has stayed having fitted Gilles Berthoud mudguards back in November despite some pretty rough weather, I’m seriously considering leaving them on year round. They quality of these mudguards means a small weight penalty but no rattles and squeaks at all.
I have tried various chain lubes but there will be no more changes since I tried Chain-L after reading an article in Kent’s Bike Blog. It seems counter-intuitive that a heavy oily lube wouldn’t lead to an accumulation of muck on the chain and grimy components, but it is really clean running and very long lasting. I suspect it is the thickness and that it penetrates well (I’m giving the chain an occasional wipe with a dry cloth rather than regularly dripping on light oil), that means the lube stays where it’s supposed to be, in the bearings, not on the outside.