The Pedro's Chain Pig makes cleaning your chain a simple and above all mess free job thanks to some sensible design. It looks cute too so there is more chance of you getting the kids to do the job for you.
The body is made up of two parts, and upper and a lower section which is easy to take apart and reassemble. The upper half is home to the neat alloy tail which loops around the lower jockey wheel on the rear mech giving you totally hands free operation.
With the two parts snapped together you can spin the cranks backwards as quick as you like without having the Pig jump or slip out of line.
To appeal to the professional market as well has the home DIY'er Pedro's have gone for larger diameter bristles for a more robust cleaner. We're not talking much here obviously but compared to my Halfords cheapie the Pig's brushes are much stiffer.
The first brushes in the cycle lift the degreaser up on to the chain before those manly bristles take up the main scrubbing role. They do a good job getting in between the pins and remove the majority of grit and crap thrown up from a season of winter miles.
Pedro's are proud of the fact that it only needs 30ml of degreaser to clean a chain thanks to the design and on the whole I'd agree with this only really heavily caked chains need two or more cycles. I'm talking the lube, salt, road grit kind of paste you get from a couple of months of winter abuse.
It gets by using so little thanks to the sponge in the Pig's nose. It wipes the chain clean and absorbs the degreaser which returns to the reservoir relatively clean after filtering through.
As with most manufacturer's claims I was sceptical about how great it was going to clean and be so mess free etc. etc. but I am unbelievably impressed. Even heavily soiled chains clean up well and the fact it's so quick and easy to use it's become a weekly exercise to keep the drivetrain clean.
The only sticking point could be seen as the price, £24.99 put it up there with the likes of Park Tool's CM5 which also cleans well but in my opinion the Pig has the edge.
Most thorough chain cleaner we've used with hands free operation and no mess
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Pedros Chain Pig
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Chain Pig is designed for both workshop and home use thanks to beefed up bristles. The chain is cleaned very well in all angles.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Chemical & impact resistant body
*Alloy 'tail' for hands free operation
*Stage 1 & stage 2 brushes
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Brilliantly, cleans even heavily soiled chains well.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The ease of use.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The price is top end.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Whether you consider the cost to be excessive comes down to how often you would use it I guess. The price reflects the cost in my eyes but with plenty of bikes of my own and test bikes the Chain Pig is getting a serious amount of use so it's paying for itself.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Kinesis T2 My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.