BigLarry said:I only wash my bike maybe 4 times a year, only when it's really caked badly with mud. I just rinse it down really good with a low pressure hose. I'm not sure any more washing really helps. A lot of the mud flakes off on its own
You clearly don't live in the UK then!!
Wash, dry and fully lube immediately after every wet ride (i.e all winter)
Wipe and lube chain after every dry ride. Wipe dust off shock and fork tubes and lightly lube seals.
Generally leave the brakes alone, just rinse any mud/grit off the discs. Otherwise let them self-clean (I take it you don't clean your car brakes after every drive?)