I cleaned my bike this week. I really did.
Well, not all of it. I didn't actually bother washing it or anything silly like that - I just degunked the drive train and re-lubed it.
I have two types of lube in the tool kit (stow it, those of you with filthy minds) - a dry lube and a wet lube.
Why different types of lube?
The dry lube is designed for dry conditions - it's a lightweight product that provides excellent lubrication with the downside that it washes off easily in the wet.
The wet lube is much stickier, so you chain doesn't end up as a rusted blob after a few weeks of winter. The downside is that it attracts mud and grit like shit attracts flies. The drive train needs a very thorough scrubbing with degreaser to get rid of it and the caked on gunk after a bit of winter riding.
And although my ride home is on sealed roads, if it hasn't rained for a while (like a long drought), the roads are covered in a goodly amount of dirt, tyre and brake dust and oil. After the first rain, you have a tendency to look a bit like this.
So, what sort of lube did I select after my spring clean? The dry lube.
Meaning it rained for the next two days.