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For less than a tenna it does the job fine
on 17 April 2012
Confession up straight - my chain and gears were disgusting. To be blunt they were black with filth and for £9 I wasn't expecting the world from this cleaner kit. I thought even if it's rubbish for only a little change I'll still have a somewhat cleaner chain/gears and still have the machine for when I stop being so cheap and buy some proper degreaser and lube.
Comes with instructions on back with couple diagrams and the 2 solutions in 2 non resealable bottles.
The machine itself seems work well. Brushes actually did a decent job of scrubbing of the crud on my chain. Problem is the degreaser supplied, while is enough for 2 upto the fill-line fills, is extremely weak. It had little better degreasing effect than soapy water as far as I could tell so the dirt just clogged up the bristles. Muc-offs standard bike cleaner does a lot better. I gave the solution a second go with a second and final refil but it couldn't even handle the stuff stuck to the bristles.
I had an extra can of brake cleaner (strong stuff for this job) which I ended up using to clean off the brushes and then to fill the machine to finish off the chain and train which of course got it gleaming clean in seconds.
The lube I would imagine is not brilliant but it is lubing ok. I did use some teflon/ptfe type mucoff bike spray on the chain first to make extra sure has a barrier against rusting ect incase the lube is as bad as the degrease but its holding out. No real complaints.
The machine itself. Instead of a handle to hold it in place by hand (as I've seen on other machines) it uses a sort or wire clip which is showing on the left of the photo. That kind of clips over the bottom gear of the 2 'derailers' which switch gears, this is to hold it in place which works to a degree but I still found it better to hold the machine as turned the pedals backwards.
As predicted a cheap relatively cheerful set. I do have the machine left in working order ready for next time and I will use it. Not too bad.