I try to keep my steeds clean and shiny - it makes me happy and they work better.
I've been seriously negleting my winter road bike though for a while now and today i got what i've had coming to me for a while. I could argue that a little bit of neglect was ok as i've only really been using it for my 15 min pedal to and from work but that would be pretty lame excuse indeed.
The back brake had been seized for months, then more recently the front had got a bit sticky too. The chain meanwhile had gradually morphed from silver to grey to odd spot of orange to total rust brown colour. At the same time, the noise down there had grown from a quiet squeek to a lumpy squarking twitter. Even a sagging chain last week failed to spurr me into action to revive things..
So, today 5 mins into my commute and running late for work, the chain decided it'd had enough and unceremoniously dragged my rear mech up round and into the cassette, beautifully bending the rear hanger at the same time. I was embarrassed enough by this state of affairs that I skulked off the side of the road and down some steps to sort things out.
20mins of faffing, cold hands and single speed botching later I think i learnt my lesson...