There came a point in my development as a mechanic where all those cure-alls to wrenching ills became as outmoded as the dial telephone. Vice grips were the first to go. Then 3-in-1 Oil. I determined the pipe wrench was more useful as a hammer than as a wrench. It was more precise in the role of the former than the latter, anyway. Somewhere along the line I concluded that WD-40 was a better solvent than lubricant, so while it didn’t lose its usefulness entirely, you might say it was downgraded.
More recently I learned that WD-40 has been innovating new products. Whereas it once had a product line of one, it now has an entire product line devoted to bicycles. Lubes, degreasers and even a frame protectant. I’ve tried them all at this point and while they seem to work well enough, the product that impressed me, the one I continue to use, the one I’ll have to buy more of when this sample runs out, is the foaming bike wash.
There are many ways to clean a bicycle. Most of them work. What I want is a way to make cleaning faster, more effortless. With the exception of properly degreasing a nasty drivetrain, this stuff is nearly miraculous. I give the bike a brief misting of water, spray it down with the wash, let it foam for a few seconds and then hose it all off. All that remains is wiping it down with a clean cloth, and even that last step is largely optional. I just prefer to get the bike dry sooner than later. There is so much salt in the air here it can cause a cat to corrode.
I’ve washed bikes a dozen times with this and haven’t finished the bottle. At $13.99 per liter bottle, that’s a pretty good deal.