Cyclon bike care products review:
Cyclon bike cleaner, bionet, dry wax lube and instant polish wax
Cyclon Bike Care are a relatively new entrant to the busy bike cleaning product market in the UK. They were founded by Leen Boers, and they’re a much bigger, longer established name in the Netherlands (their website states Boers created their first chain lube 30 years ago).
I first came across Cyclon Bike Care at the Tour of Cambridgeshire, where Pro Bike Wash were using their products.
Despite never having heard of Cyclon, having chatted with Gareth Jones, founder of Pro Bike Wash, I became confident that if Cyclon products were good enough for Pro Bike Wash, they were probably a sound bet. So, when Gareth offered to give us a bucket of bike care products to try, I thought it was worth trying an alternative to my usual bike cleaning products - and here we are.
Full disclosure: Pro Bike Wash gave us the Cyclon Bike Care products to try, but I was under no commitment to write a review and as you’ll see, the opinions you'll read here are honest and our own.
Cyclon bike care bucket
Inside the Cyclon BikeCare Kit I found:
Cyclon bike cleaner
I’ve been impressed by Cyclon’s bike cleaner. It does the job well, getting the usual kinds of dirt and grit from the road off easily and with no fuss. The cleaner has got a nice, fresh smell. Plus it comes in a bottle with a trigger spray and I’ve found that works well too.
A final selling point for anyone washing their bike on the grass or just looking for environmentally friendly bicycle products: it’s biodegradable and contains no solvents or phosphates.
Cyclon’s bionet is fantastic - it sounds like a cliché, but it makes degreasing your bike a breeze!
Like the bike cleaner, Cyclon’s bionet is biodegradable and it also comes in a handy spray bottle. You just spray it on, leave it a moment and then wipe off the grease.
I’ve used it on my chain, derailleur and brakes and it’s done a great job. If you were going for a thorough clean, I imagine it would do the job on all those grease susceptible places: crank, fork, tyres, spokes etc.
Cyclon wax lube
Having cleaned your chain with the bionet, it’s time to get out the lube. This is designed to remove moisture and protect the chain against corrosion. The nozzle of the bottle makes it easy to apply Cyclon’s dry wax lube and it’s a good consistency so it doesn’t drip off.
Once applied, I find it doesn’t last that long, but that could be a characteristic of all wax lubes (I’ve previously tended to use a spray lube).
For those that want lube to take abroad with them, this small bottle is a convenient choice - and will keep the airlines happy too (they don’t like gas canisters very much - more on that here).
Cyclon instant polish wax
Cyclon’s instant polish wax is designed to “protect the varnish, metal and synthetic parts of the bicycle bringing back the original shine”. It says it gives a transparent finish (and works on matt finishes too), prevents dirt sticking to your bike and gives optimal protection to the bike’s surfaces. The product says it’s suitable for painted and chromed surfaces, carbon, aluminium, rubber and plastics.
Sounds good, but I have to admit, I haven’t given this a thorough road test yet. I tested a small patch on my top tube and it seemed to bring it up well. However, if I’m honest, I’ve been a put off by the health warning on the bottle, part of which reads “IF INHALED: Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing.” During my test I found that it’s quite difficult not to inhale the spray, even if you’re outside. In better news, I suffered no apparent adverse consequences!
Have you used this? Let me know what you thought!
There’s room for improvement with the quality of the information in the leaflets that come with the products - they’re really just marketing info on the product range. It’s no problem if you’re experienced with bike cleaning, and there are brief details of how to use each product in small writing on the side of each bottle (other than the lube where you’d have to look at the website if you weren’t sure), but a bit more of a “how to use this” guide would be helpful.
Finally, including brushes in the bucket is a nice touch and I found the bristled brush effective for chain cleaning.
Cyclon Bike Care cleaning kit: Conclusion
This is a useful starter pack that introduces you to Cyclon products at a price that doesn’t break the bank. Though the bottles included aren’t that big, the products are good quality and should still last you a while.