Giving the bike a thorough clean - guides?

Anonymous Posts: 79,667
edited September 2011 in Workshop
So I've owned my bike for a couple of months now, using it for my daily commute and a couple of 100 sportives.

Although it was 2nd hand, it was in showroom condition, and generally its pretty well looked after but it does go out in the wet and I think its time to give it a thorough clean, get the crud off the frame as it is starting to get that black stuff all over it. Oil/mud. Not sure. Its even on the forks! and perhaps have a gander into how it all goes together to perhaps learn a thing or two, and importantly, restore it to showroom condition

Are there any good, easy to follow repair/cleaing guides so I can see how bits and pieces come off/go back together (probably the more crucial part!) and some cheap, effective cleaning products and some essential tools?