These Grease and Grime Remover wipes are the first product to come from Velofresh and they are a good portable option for cleaning up after a roadside mechanical.
I've cleaned my oily hands on many things over the years after an impromptu stop mid-ride to fettle with a greasy component: the grass verge, muddy puddles, my shorts, or the jersey of an unsuspecting ride buddy...
Velofresh aims to put a stop to these shenanigans with the pocket sized pack of its 'Power' wipes, which use a combination of alcohol and citric acid among many other ingredients that I can't pronounce to bring your hands up clean and shiny with ease. I say pocket sized as they will fit in a jersey pocket, but you have to carry the entire pack which is quite bulky.
They actually work very well, removing all traces of grubby chain oil from your fingers and bike quickly – much better than baby wipes, for example. The fact that these Velofresh ones are quite dry too means you aren't just smearing grime around, they actually lift it straight off your skin.
Value-wise this pack of 15 wipes works out at 20p each. Most other industrial style wipes designed to work on the same contaminants work out at around 9p each, as does a pair of latex workshop gloves – which is something else a lot of riders carry in their saddle bag. Admittedly, these are normally sold in bulk packs of 100s, whereas the Velofresh pack is a much smaller scale, which obviously incurs costs.
As far as other cycling-specific wipes go, Velopac's smaller packs of RideClean Wipes are a similar price (£4 for 20; £2.50 for 10), but you can also buy those in bigger packs which reduces the price (a pack of 50 works out at 15p each). Each of the Velopacs comes individually wrapped too, which means buying them in bulk makes sense as you can just carry a couple at a time with you rather than an entire packet like the Velofresh. (I haven't tested the Velopacs, so don't know how they compare in terms of cleaning prowess.)
I suppose it all comes down to how often you have a mechanical as to whether peace of mind outweighs the cost.
Good cleaning capabilities at the side of the road if you don't mind carrying the whole pack with you
road.cc test report
Make and model: Velofresh Grease and Grime Remover
Size tested: 15 wipes
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?
Velofresh says: "If you've ever had a mechanical and ended up with greasy oily hands, or had a hard day on the trail and got covered in mud and grime, then you need Velofresh Grease & Grime Remover Power Wipes. Conveniently packaged in pocket sized packets of 15 wipes, our power wipes will help you to stay clean and fresh whilst enjoying your passion for cycling."
They work better than baby wipes but are a lot more pricey.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They do get oil and grease off your hands quite quickly.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Their performance at grime removal.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Could be seen as pricey against some generic options.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
They work well at removing grease and grime from your hands, but there are cheaper and more user-friendly options available.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Kinesis Aithein
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.