redant precision bicycle cleaners
The Washing Machine Post

In my late teenage years, I had a summer job in an airport which was great fun at times, but nowhere near as exciting as any films or books that I may have read involving aeroplanes or airports. If there was international subterfuge taking place, I was entirely oblivious to it all. However, one of the advantages, apart from seven-day banking, was the existence of a large newsagent selling not only the regular fare, but publications intended to appeal to the international jetsetter. Such as myself, now that you come to mention it.

Those days involved daily purchase of the Times newspaper, a rather illustrious publication prior to purchase by Rupert Murdoch, after which, it became very hard to read. But the gem amongst the mundane was a small paperback of science fiction stories entitled Analog. Due to it being an American publication, its arrival on the airport newstand was somewhat erratic, a fact that only added to the thrill of the chase.

Good science fiction in my opinion, is every bit as valuable as that forming prescribed reading in English literature, though it goes with the territory that the quality varied from chapter to chapter. It was the real spaceship and battlecruiser stories that constituted the pinnacle of the genre as far as i was concerned; the very same pinnacle that had a heavily pregnant Mrs Washingmachinepost and I many years, later sat in the Odeon cinema for a showing of all three original Star Wars movies. However, in those Analog days, aside from having unilaterally agreed on use of the word parsecs and the existence of several levels of light speed, there was the inevitable force-field or shield.

This was mostly an invisible envelope of protection surrounding any given space vehicle, one that would always be on standby to repel boarders. Quite why these needed to be invisible, I was (and still am) rather unsure, for any invading or defending entity seemed always able to assess whether the shields were up or down. I daresay the latter knowledge saved several million credits on unnecessarily wasting photon torpedoes.

Bear in mind my initiation into the world of the sci-fi short story was taking place in the late 1970s, each and every author seemed to contend that by the 21st century, invisible force fields would be ten a penny and we'd have great difficulty turning round without banging into one. Of course, there were a great deal of sci-fi predictions that have so far failed to come close, let alone true. Who, for instance, would have believed we'd still be riding bicycles rather than driving wheel-less vehicles with jet engines, hovering several metres above ground? Did nobody ever watch the Jetsons?

Thankfully, the bicycle is every bit as much a part of daily life as many of us would like it to be, a vehicle that has morphed from steel, through aluminium, titanium, carbon and back to steel once more. Depending on where one is domiciled, and in view of the continued absence of invisible force-fields, each and every variation still requires some sort of protection, though more from the elements than wayward photon torpedoes. And that, currently, is where Redant Precision Cleaners come into their own.

Offered in two parts (cleaner and protector), the three variations, distinguished by differing colours of label, provide a total solution for titanium, carbon and matt frames. Quite why there are none for steel or aluminium, I'm not quite sure. In the absence of a titanium frame in the Washingmachinepost bike shed, I applied that designated protection to my steel frames. After all, they're both metals and if you don't tell, neither will I. The matt remains unused until an appropriately finished review model arrives at some time in the future.

The general idea is to spray the frame all over with the larger can of cleaner, leaving for two or three minutes before washing off with clean water, perhaps putting a bit of elbow grease into those sheep droppings that have concreted themselves onto the underside of the down tube. Once done, 'tis but a simple matter of spraying on the protector part of the equation, before rubbing to a rather attractive shine with a dry cloth (obviously the latter does not apply to the matt product). According to Redant, the protection lasts for four weeks.

The latter I can pretty much attest to with regard to my two steel-framed bicycles. Though the titanium product is not specific to a more ferrous metal, it does seem to work rather well, for the finish has remained bright and shiny, with a noticeable reduction in all sorts of guff sticking to their nether regions. I have also prepared my Colnago C40 in similar manner, but due to its lack of mudguards, it has not been dragged out of repose to suffer the same slings and arrows of outrageous fortune endured by its steel brethren.

It is perhaps an obvious statement to point out that it will take more than a couple of months to test the veracity of Redant's claims, though they're currently looking rather prophetic I have to say. In the absence of steel specific protection, I'd happily endorse the titanium for that very purpose, and I'll get back to you on the carbon duo. Cost appears to be circa £9.99 per can, and though regular application of soap and water will keep your bike clean, from personal experience, it doesn't prevent bits of your expensive carbon frame from succumbing to sea salt and peat dust corrosion. I'm rather hoping the Redant protection will improve on that.

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Girodilento.com

FIRST LOOK: REDANT PRECISION BIKE CLEANERS FOR MATT, CARBON AND TITANIUM FINISHES

I was recently sent some samples of the new Redant Precision range of bike cleaners to try out and see what I thought of them. I met Vern from Redant back at the Core Bike Show and found his story of wanting to bring a car detailing approach and quality of product to bike cleaning a compelling one. If you’ve not ever noticed the car detailing market, it’s full of people who take amazing care in the cleaning and presentation of their vehicles, agonising over ingredients and combinations of products for the highest quality finish and clean. It’s way too OCD for me personally, but I admire their focus and dedication and this applies to the products they use as well as the end result.

The team behind Redant come from a background in chemistry and have taken a similarly focused approach to developing their products, making sure they both clean and protect your two wheeled pride and joy. Many of us have a lot invested in our bikes, so the idea of a top end cleaning system specifically formulated for the materials and paint finishes common to bikes is an interesting one. My bikes are amongst my most prized possessions so products like this are something I was definitely keen to check out. When you think of how many £5k+ or even £10k+ bikes you can buy now – you’ll want to take fantastically good care of them.

Redant have created a cleaner and a finishing agent for matt carbon frames, painted bike frames (carbon, steel or aluminium) and for titanium frames. I’ve been sent a set of each to try. The ingredients are designed to be safe for each type of frame finish, the cleaners are bio-degradable and the cleaners are designed to be sprayed all over your bike including the drivetrain, thanks to a degreasing agent as well. The cleaners are also PH neutral to ensure they’re kind to your frame. The frame protector finishing protects are also designed for each type of bike. For example the carbon/painted frame finish has a shine enhancer for paint finishes, whereas the matt finish one has a UV protector to help protect from the effects of the sun.

I waited until my new NeilPryde (http://girodilento.com/first-look-neilpryde-alizenazare-di2-aero-test-platform/) was built and getting dirty before trying the products out. I’ll also be using the carbon frame version on my painted steel Stoemper Taylör (http://girodilento.com/stoemper-taylor-build-and-first-look/) as Redant say that the carbon frame version of the products work well on any painted finish – including, steel & aluminium. Sadly I don’t have a titanium bike to test the Titanium version on – but two out of three should give me a pretty good perspective.

I’ve now used the Matt cleaning system twice on my NeilPryde. The first was a very quick clean in the garden at dusk where I sprayed the cleaner over the bike, left it for 3–4 minutes then hosed it off just with cold water and used a microfiber cloth to clean over the bike with. For a start to finish clean of 6–7 minutes I was really impressed with how easy it was.

Yesterday I did another clean on the same bike. I’d ridden it three times without cleaning for about 190km of riding. The bike definitely looked dirty, if not completely filthy.

Following the instructions, I sprayed the matt finish cleaner reasonably liberally over the bike and then set my phone timer for 5 minutes. With about 45 seconds of the timer left, I decided I couldn’t wait any longer and began hosing the bike down with water. Again, I did this while wiping over the bike with a microfiber cloth. Just like the first clean, the dirt came off the bike incredibly easily.

From a first couple of goes with the matt finish cleaner, I’m very impressed. I’ll try out the carbon finish one next.

Yesterday, I also then finished the clean by applying the finishing agent, to protect the finish on my bike. It was also very easy to apply – simply sprayed onto the now clean bike onto all of the carbon parts. The frame protectors have a drying agent, so on a warm day it dryed very quickly. Once again I was wiping on the finish with a clean dry microfiber cloth to make sure it all went on evenly. Again it didn’t take long at all – but my bike looks great.

If you’d like more information, Redant have an active Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Redant-Precision/437463999719759. The products are in bike shops now and are distributed by i-Ride. I’ve checked and they’re in one of my local bike shops already. If you can’t see them in your local shop – just ask them.

Girodilento.com


Roger Theron Cycling

Pleasantly surprised by the performance of this bike cleaning product. Probably the best I’ve tried, especially on the chain and cassette, which shows how well the product works, as it is designed primarily to clean your frame.

At the London Bike Show I came across a bike cleaning product called Red Ant. I was given some to take home to try it out. After 3 days riding in wet and grimy conditions my bike was ready to put Red Ant to the test.

The Sales Pitch
Naturally the main pitch is that it will clean your bike, but the theory is that the PH neutral formula will not damage the integrity of your frame or the frame's finish. The matt finish cleaner is supposed to clean the frame, but maintain the matt finish, including using the protector, which will not give the frame a gloss shine as is the case with some other products on the market. The formulas have been in development for a few years, trying to perfect the product.

Packaging
The cleaning agent comes in aluminium spray tins, with black spray nozzles that can be locked closed. My first thought when I saw the product was that it would be expensive. It just looks like a high end product, which would be at home sitting on a shelf behind a £6000 bike. The test now is whether the performance lives up to the standard set by the packaging.

The Range
Red Ant produces 3 frame material specific cleaners, each paired with a specific protector. In other words, the cleaning product is specialised to the kind of frame you have, carbon fibre, matt finish or titanium. I tested out the matt finish cleaner and protector on my carbon frame, white Cube GTC Agree.

Performance
I rinsed my bike with the hose pipe and then squirted on the matt cleaner. I applied the cleaner evenly, and noticed that the muck was not dislodging instantly (as it does with another product I've used) but nevertheless I continued to spray the rest of the bike.

After five minutes I returned to the bike with some warm water and a soft cloth. (Red Ant recommends using a microfibre cloth, but mine was just a soft cleaning rag.) I wet the cloth and wiped the bike, starting at the seat post and top tube, working my way down. So far, so good. The muddy dirt was coming off with a single wipe.

As I got to the crankset and grimy chain stays I was pleasantly surprised by how easily the black grime came off. I had squirted the chain and rear mech and these came clean when wiped with the wet cloth. The cassette cleaned up really easily when I pulled the cloth between the cogs.

I dried the bike off with a clean towel and let it dry properly before applying the frame protector. I squirted this on and rubbed it in with a clean soft cloth. At first it made the frame shiny, but as it dried the matt finish returned.

The next day I had a look at the finish and having only spent 10 minutes cleaning the bike I am very much impressed with the results.

Where to Get Red Ant Bike Cleaner
Red Ant products are available through i-Ride.co.uk, where you can buy it directly or search for your nearest stockist.


Sherwood Pines Cycles

It really is very good and selling very fast!

We had people buying it whilst we were unpacking it!

Come in and see us, whilst we have some left!

Sherwood Pines Cycles: www.sherwoodpinescycles.co.uk