Perhaps your idea of bicycle maintenance is taking your Pashley Sovereign Roadster, with its fully enclosed chaincase, to the shop once a year for its annual service. Perhaps you call someone to come pick you up if you have a flat. Maybe you like to take care of basic bicycle maintenance yourself, and can quickly change a tire without any roadside drama. Maybe you are someone who enjoys the hours of work bringing an old bike, coated with years of grease, grime and rust, back from the bicycle graveyard to vintage splendor. Or possibly, like me, you are one of those people who can get grease on yourself just from passing within three feet of a perfectly clean bicycle.
Recently at the hardware store, I saw a container of Gojo “FINE ITALIAN PUMICE” hand cleaner.
Sounds like it has the cachet of a fine Italian olive oil or something. None of that domestic stuff or cheap Chinese pumice! (Yeah, I know the “fine” refers to the particle size, and not the quality, but it just sounds so special.) According to the container, this cleaner is “for removing heavy grease, tar & oil.” How could I resist?
I had the opportunity to try it out after getting pretty grubby doing some preliminary cleaning on a pair of 1970 Raleigh Twenty folding bikes that came home with me recently. Here’s one of them.
I must say, it worked great… better than the Gojo Orange Pumice Hand Cleaner or any of the many other hand cleaners I have used over the years. It left my hands clean and feeling so nice that I was almost tempted to rub some on my face. If you ever pick up a wrench, you owe it to yourself to try some.
Do you have a favorite bicycle cleaning or maintenance-related product that you would recommend to the rest of us?