Pedalit is an Australian company that was established a few years ago, however the story goes back much further, drawing on decades of experience, both on and off the bike. That history, passed down from father to son, informs all of Pedalit’s products, which are designed to help riders take care of their bikes and their bodies so that they are able to get the best out of both.
Pedalit’s cleaning products were developed in partnership with an Australian manufacturer with over 20 years experience with cleaning products. What was most important was that the formulations for its Resurrection degreaser and Splendor bike cleaner were safe to use and biodegradable.
To this end, both are water-based and contain natural ingredients from plants. In addition, they are rated as food service safe and have been tested on a wide range of materials (carbons, modern ceramics, alloys, glass, paint, rubber, leather and vinyl) to ensure that they won’t damage anything other than grease and dirt.
The same level of attention was paid to developing Pedalit’s Glory bike polish and ABITH (allowed back in the house) hand cleaner, though some artificial ingredients were required to improve the performance of each. According to Pedalit, both formulations are still very safe but the company can’t claim they are 100% natural.
All of these cleaning agents are available in Pedalit’s web store, both individually and as part of various bundles. The Pro Bike Care Pack that comprises 1L Resurrection degreaser, 1L Splendor bike wash, 500ml Glory bike polish, 500ml ABITH hand cleaner along with three cleaning brushes and a chain-cleaning tool.
My go-to cleaning agent has long been mineral turpentine because of how quickly it is able break down all of the filth that collects in the tiny crevices of the transmission. When put up against turps, Pedalit’s Resurrection degreaser is a pretty good performer. It doesn’t act as quickly and a little more diligence is required to render a filthy chain pristine, but it is far less noxious.
When used neat, Resurrection has a faint organic scent and a slightly oil feel. The latter probably helped the degreaser penetrate tiny crevices. I found that if I followed Pedalit’s advice and waited a few minutes after applying Resurrection, a quick scrub with the tapered brush was all that I needed to clean up the cassette and chainrings.
The chain-cleaning tool was easy to use and performed quite well for lightly soiled chains. I’ve yet to find a device that can contend with a truly grubby chain, so this is something best used semi-regularly for ongoing maintenance rather than a major overhaul of the transmission.
The Splendor bike wash was essentially odourless and worked well as a general detergent for washing down the frameset, derailleurs and wheels. I’m far less discerning about cleaning agents for this job; what’s more important is a good set of brushes that make it quick and easy to scrub away the muck. Pedalit’s brush shapes excel in this regard and appear to be quite robust, so buyers should get plenty of washes before they need replacing.
Pedalit’s Glory bike polish had a scent that was reminiscent of aftershave lotion. I followed Pedalit’s advice by dowsing a rag with a bit of Glory, and it worked well not only at adding a bit of a gleam to the bike but also at removing grubby marks from matte paint finishes. I normally use Mr Sheen (a furniture polish that comes in an aerosol can) for wiping down bikes and Glory was at least as good, but in the future I will use a spray bottle rather than dowsing a rag.
All told, Pedalit’s bike cleaning products were solid performers but it was the ABITH hand cleaner that really stood out for me. I’ve used similar formulations in the past but they were always difficult to get for home use. ABITH has the same kind of citrus scent and sandy micro-particles as those commercial cleaners, and it works just as well for scrubbing away the filth, even the stuff that collects around the fingernails. Forget about regular soaps and fingernail brushes, I’ll be keeping a bottle of ABITH in my workshop from now on.
Price: Pro Bike Care Pack, AUD$100 (~US$77); Resurrection Bike Degreaser, AUD$20 (~US$15); Splendor Bike Wash, AUD$20 (~US$15); Glory Bike Shine, AUD$20 (~US$15); ABITH Workshop Hand Cleaner, AUD$10 (~US$8).