Product review: Silkolene Chain Cleaner

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Silkolene Chain Cleaner, £8.49
Time used:
Two years

What’s good? Cleaning and maintaining your drive chain is a filthy, thankless task – and tends to be one that tends to get pushed a long way down the list of priorities when spare time is at a premium.

I try to be good to my chain, but there have been a couple of instances in the past few years when this vital component has become so clagged-up with congealed grime and old chain lube that it has needed to be blasted off with this product, which, literally, does exactly what it says on the tin.

Long and short ‘straws’ for application mean the chain can be blasted from distance or point-blank range.

The big, 600ml can size means there’s enough cleaning stuff in there for two cleaning sessions on encrusted chains. And, of course, you don’t need to go to the trouble of taking the chain off to clean it.

What’s not? Needs a good scrub-in with an old toothbrush/washing-up brush to shift that ground-in grime, and two applications/brushing and drying-off sessions are necessary to clean off around six weeks’ worth of accumulated crud. 

Rating: 4/5

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