You know you need to keep your bike clean, but you hate cleaning it. Or maybe you’re like me and you think cleaning your bike is borderline therapeutic, but you live in an apartment. Today I’m reviewing a product that can help us both out: Finish Line’s Super Bike Wash!
I’ve tried a few bike washing methods over the years of apartment life. Finding a hose is quite the task for most apartment dwellers unless your complex has a nice car wash area (that’s free). My first try at bike washing was the shower. I’ve shown pictures of that before. It got my bike clean, but my wife was not too happy and I spent more time cleaning the shower than I did cleaning my bike.
My next foray into the bike cleaning space was taking a small bucket and sponge out into the parking lot and wiping down the bike. This was alright, but I had to rinse the bike with clean water that I squirted from water bottles. Carrying enough bottles up and down apartment stairs is no fun. But it got the job done.
And this is where we come to Finish Line’s product. I grabbed a bottle of it from Trisports recently and it has added a third option to my bike cleaning tool belt. Here’s what I’ve found so far!
- Waterless Cleaning
I first stumbled upon Finish Line’s product when I was researching “waterless” bike cleaning methods. Yes, you can just spray the stuff on your bike and rinse it off (I got the version with a spray bottle). But you can also spray it on a rag and simply wipe your bike down. That is really nice for someone like me who has to clean on a carpet floor and doesn’t want to risk losing the security deposit. (Who am I kidding… I have a 2 year old.)
Full disclosure, I do still use water. I like to use a wet rag to rinse the bike after I wipe it down with the bike wash. Even though you technically don’t have to, I like to make sure there’s no nasty residue left over.
- Less Scrubbing
With my previous methods I would be scrubbing bits of grime and sports drink off my downtube and chainstays. This product does most of the scrubbing for you! (I’m imagining those old scrubbing bubbles commercials!) It really cuts through the grease and grime.
I do still use the Park Tool Chain cleaner every once in awhile to really get things clean (I take it outside for that). But for the intermittent cleaning, a little Super Bike Wash on the rag and a quick turn of the crank and you are good to go!
- That bright shine we all love!
Nothing makes me happier than a sparkling bike! (OK, that’s not true… I can think of a lot of things… but you get my point). I don’t know what it is, but using a bike wash over just soap and water leave a bit more shine to my bike. I can only imagine what it would be like if I used their Showroom Polish and Protectant!
Finish Line’s Super Bike Wash comes in a 1 liter spray bottle (What I have), A concentrate that can make up to 4 gallons, and a 1 gallon bottle. I’m going to guess most of you will opt for the spray bottle like I did for the convenience factor. I could see the gallon or concentrate being useful for a team or family with a lot of bikes to clean, but for one bike, the spray makes more sense to me.
If you want to pick some up for yourself, you can check it all out at Trisports.com. That’s where I bought mine and I use it all the time now! You can get 15% off when you use the code TEAMSHARE15 at check out.
I’m starting to be a big fan of Finish Line’s products. I hope to check out their Ceramic Wax Chain Lube next. But for now, what do you use to clean your bike? Any tips of an apartment dweller like me? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!