Made in the UK, biodegradable and environmentally friendly, this excellent bike wash from Weldtite is really effective choice for cleaning your bike.
Why would you use a product that harms the place you ride? I personally feel something that goes right into the water course should be as neutral and harmless as possible. Pure Bike Wash contains no acid-based elements and is fully biodegradable, plus it's made with sustainable ingredients from renewable or natural sources. Obviously it’s also 100% free from petroleum-based solvents. So it's got that side of things covered.
It would all be meaningless if it didn't work, of course, but this stuff is very effective. I found it works best after wetting the bike down and agitating the dirt with a hose or a brush, then letting it soak in and loosen everything. It shifts everything from dried mud to wet, claggy filth.
It's also pretty effective used neat in chain cleaning tool – for digging out ground-in crud, at least – though isn’t good as a degreaser.
Safe on paintwork, carbon and so on, it leaves little to no residue when washed off (it does streak if used neat and not washed off). It even smells nice, and isn’t too harsh on your skin if you use it neat either.
Pure Bike Wash comes in a one litre spray or smaller refill bottles of 200ml (its concentrated and makes another litre), which is another waste-reducing touch. On the downside, I found the trigger a bit lacking at times so it may not last the course, plus the refill bottles aren't that easy to find – and frequently sell for the same price as the spray (though I did find it on your favourite auction site for under £1.50).
Nevertheless, Pure works very well and doesn’t kill the countryside while it's at it, which seems like a good combination to me. It’s well worth trying out.
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