I have friends who wash their bikes once a year whether they need it or not. I, on the other hand, tend to be a little more compulsive about these kinds of things and wash my bikes on a fairly regular rotation about once every 3-4 weeks. It’s a chance to go over the bikes and check for any potential issues before they lead to being stranded on the side of the road. Plus, clean bikes are more enjoyable to repair than dirty bikes. Truth be told though, mostly I do it just because bright and shiny bikes make me happy.
This afternoon there was a little hint of fall in the air. We had blue skies and 80 degrees with a wonderful breeze out of the south coming up from the delta. It was an absolutely lovely afternoon to take the bikes out back and give them a good cleaning and going over. The only thing better would have been a bike ride, but we already did that earlier today in the cool of the morning.