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REVIEW: Purple Harry Bike Floss

by Olli Van Dongen

Price £3.99
Size Medium/ Large
Colour White
It is easy to scoff at Bike Floss at first site, however, these 'amplified' pipe cleaners are unlike any other bike-cleaning product that I have come across before.

Purple Harry Bike Floss 

'Fail to prepare and prepare to fail.' A famous mantra that should be more common amongst cyclists than is often the case. It means, in this case, that the subject of bicycle cleaning and maintenance should be a top priority. 

It is easy to scoff at Bike Floss at first site; it does just look like a common pipe cleaner. However, these 'amplified' pipe cleaners are unlike any other bike-cleaning product that I have come across before; the nylon bristles allow for a thorough clean in the compact spaces of a cassette and mechanisms, while the suppleness of the malleable wire construction allows for a more thorough clean than previous rope versions. 

Available in abrasive large bristle and medium bristle varieties, and also in a softer fleece option designed specifically for those more delicate carbon components, Bike Floss seems to have all bases covered. 

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The original product in the Purple Harry bike cleaning range, Bike Floss's raison d'etre is to get into all those nooks, crannies and crevices that non-specific products like cloths and sponges can't reach. This was very fortunate for me, as admittedly (and rather shamefully) I had not given my bike a clean for some time, so quite a bit of grit had accumulated and lodged itself within the cozy confines of the cassette. 

Because I'd used a generous quantity of degreaser beforehand in order to help loosen and lift some of the dirt, I did not have to work the floss particularly hard to get results. As it is designed to mimic the cleaning utility of dental floss, I was particularly impressed with its practical application to the teeth of the crankset and of the cassette. 

Whereas normally you would have to employ a rather clumsy brush or a snagging cloth to these areas, with the floss I was able to clean congealed lubricant and dirt from the teeth with clinical precision. The smaller bristles of the medium size Bike Floss were similarly effective on the tighter areas of the bike such within the pedal cleats, and in particular on the innards of the chain links - which I have always found to be extremely inaccessible. 

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I'd recommend Bike Foss as a useful addition to your cleaning armory; it is indeed an innovative product, and much easier to use on drivetrain components than a cloth or sponge. At £3.99 it is fairly inexpensive too. The only slight issue that I have with it is that despite its utility, I wouldn't recommend Bike Floss for a quick post-ride clean if time is against you. 

However, if you want to give your beloved ride some proper care and attention then Bike Floss is a key addition to any cleaning kit.

Fore more details, visit the Purple Harry website: www.purpleharry.co.uk.





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