Park Tool Cyclone Bike Chain Scrubber

I’ve been bicycling for years but just recently purchased the Park Tool Chain Scrubber. This may be the simplest way to clean your bike chain and it can be done without dismantling anything (on most bikes).

The tool has evolved and been improved over the years from when I first saw it, with a smallish reservoir and three “spoke style” brushes, to what you see today. The first brush the chain encounters scrubs the outside of the links and the next two brush the inside and rollers. Before exiting the chain runs across a sponge to reduce the amount of cleaner remaining on it. There is a magnet in the bottom of the reservoir to pull the ferrous particles out of suspension and the entire thing comes apart for easy cleanup (strongly recommended to keep it working at its best).

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had this much “fun” cleaning a bike chain. Previously. to get a chain really clean. I would remove it from the frame and soak and brush before hanging to dry and then re-installing and adding chain lube.

The kit I purchased also comes with a hand brush that has a semi-circular toothed handle for digging the crud out from between the rear cogs and a bottle of citrus based cleaning solution. Support your local bike shop, ~ $30 or ~ $25 online + shipping.

-- Jeff Caslake  

Park Tool Cyclone Chain Scrubber

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Lezyne Bike Tire Patch Kit

After years of carrying around a repair kit of bits and pieces for my biking excursions I decided to upgrade and replace almost all my bike gear. I came across this patch kit in a shop in London. Its a small aluminium sleeve containing adhesive patches, a tire boot (for those occasions when you need to patch the tire as well as the tube) and a scuffer to rough up the area of the tube before applying the patch.

The package also includes two strong nylon tire levers, which double as end caps for either side of the sleeve, neatly ensuring that everything stays together in your pocket or bag. This little kit, together with a spare tube and mini pump, is all I need to carry out when I go for a ride. The sleeve comes in various color options and I have a seen a few different shops sell them custom branded with their logos on.

-- Jeremy Gould  

Lezyne Lever Kit

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Manufactured by Lezyne