Lets face it if someone were to ask us what our favourite part of biking was we aren’t going to say cleaning our bike. But in order to keep the wheels turning its a jobs that has just got to be done. Fortunately enough now there are loads of cleaning products that making cleaning the bike just that bit easier.
We have taken 4 of the top bike cleaners in the market today! Here is what we thought!
The clue is in the name with this bike cleaner it really is smart. We tested a 1 Litre bottle of Duck Smart bike cleaner. The Earth Mover is safe to use on paintwork, carbon fibre, disc brakes, aluminium, rubber and titanium and on top of all of that it is also environmentally friendly. We also found that the 1 litre bottle stretched a lot further than a lot of other bike cleaners we had used in the past however if you are heavy handed on the cleaner and go through a lot quickly it also comes in a 25 litre size too. After almost a month of continual use there is still a small amount of cleaner left. We also found that the earth mover cleaner spruced up the chain pretty well too. The bottle comes with multi spray options to, you can adjust the spray from a fine mist to a concentrated jet of filth-removing power.
Verdict – Duck Smart does what it is supposed to do, it removes tough grease and mud well and it lasts a lot longer than a lot of bike cleaners…. plus it smell pretty good too (no nasty chemical smell)
Pure Bike Cleaner is another environmentally friendly bike cleaner. Pure bike cleaners left a sparkler afterwards unlike some of the other cleaners. Also we didn’t have to use any polish after use to give the frame that extra shine. It removed the dirt and grime pretty well with minimal elbow grease effort required. We have used this cleaner for the shortest time out of them all and found that it ran out a lot faster than most of the other cleaners. The sprayer on the bottle wasn’t very sturdy and it actually broke within the first couple of uses.
Verdict – Pure is one of the best bike Cleaners that we tested the cleaner was strong and removed grease and dirt a lot more easily than the other cleaners however it didn’t last as long as the other cleaners.
Green Oils bike cleaner is made up of 100% natural ingredients. Therefore the product has minimal impact on the environment and a low carbon foot print. The spray is also non-toxic so you won’t go breathing in any of those nasty fumes when sprossing up your bike. The solution comes in the bottle around a third full with you then dilute by adding water, ( we thought this made green oil the perfect bike cleaner to take on holiday with you especially if you have weight restrictions on your bag). We wet the bike all over then sprayed the cleaner over the bike and left it to do its magic for 2-3. After we rinsed the bike most of the mud and grease came off pretty easily. A bit of elbow grease was required too get some of the tougher grease off. Also unlike duck smart we had to use a polish on the frame to give it that nice shine after using.
Verdict – Green Oil is a good bike cleaner that would be ideal for traveling with as the initial purchase weight is much smaller than most other cleaners. Removes most dirt and grease with little effort and it doesn’t harm out environment like many other cleaner. Retailing at £7.99 it is slightly more expensive than some of the other cleaners.
Dirt Wash Bike cleaner did the job when it came to washing off fresh mud and grease but it really struggled to cut through any dried on mud. A large amount of elbow grease was needed in these parts. We found it really struggled to clean tires. We had read in other reviews that it made their brakes squeal after rider so this was something that we looked out for after use and we have to say we didn’t experience this problem at all. Dirt Wash retails at around the same prices as the previous cleaners but doesn’t provide the same value for money. That is why dirt was wouldn’t be our number 1 choice.
Verdict – Cleaner does an okay job but not as good as other cleaner when it comes to removing dried on mud. It also retails at around the same price as the other cleaners that we tested however doesn’t meet the same standard,
Rating – 2.5/5