The weather is cooling, and while it is still good riding weather, the end of the season is surely coming. I don't really envy those of you in southern climes where you ride all year round, since you never get the thrill of getting out after a few months of winter misery. But I digress, now that it is getting cooler I think I need to wash my bike for the first time since I bought it two years ago. I hate washing my bike, especially since getting down on my (artificial) knees is a pain, but there is probably a ton of crud on the underside of a bike that has been ridden for about 7,000 miles without a real wash. But the real reason I haven't washed it is that when it is nice enough outside to wash the bike, and where I have the time to do it, I end up going riding rather than washing. But I think this weekend will be the time to remove the leather bags, get out the old bucket and rags, and give it a go. Then at least I know I am good for another two years of benign neglect.