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Time poor and faced with a filthy steed/fleet? Then Revolution’s dual brush might be your best friend. Aimed at the home mechanic, the two way features a soft brush for painted and plated surfaces on one side and stiffer bristles for tackling dirty tyres components the other.
Its fairly small size offers a surprising amount of dexterity allowing you to deftly swap from one task to the other at the flick of the wrist. Cutting through muddy fields on the Univega for a couple of days previously left a delightful concoction of colon smoothie, puddle splash back and general grime adorning the otherwise sparkling metallic enamel and alloy bright work.
20 minutes, a light spraying of eco-friendly bike wash with periodic dipping into a bucket of warm water returned it to former glory. Generally speaking performance is excellent, although being a generic brush the stiffer side isn’t quite as thorough on grubby cassettes and you’ll still need a chain bath. However, it seems particularly good on tainted bar wrap, giving a new lease of life to lighter shades while the soft bristles are kind to even the most delicate finishes.
Being left overnight in buckets of citrus-based degreaser hasn’t affected the bristles that seem better quality than I’ve encountered from more prestigious brands. A slightly delicate chain allows it to hang on the tool tidy and the handle’s paintbrush profile feels very natural in the palm.
Change from a fiver represents excellent value for money, although I would still recommend buying a cassette specific brush for attacking the really nitty-gritty crevices of 9 and 10 speed blocks-especially on hard used working bikes, crossers and mtbs.
Unique brush with a nice price-tag that makes short work of dirty steeds.
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Make and model: Revolution Two Way Brush
Size tested: Standard
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 Two Way is aimed at the home mechanic looking for a convinient brush that tackles both paint and brightwork with a flick of the wrist.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Reassuringly solid resin construction with soft nylon bristles on one side, firm the other.
Great dexterity- really gets inside the nooks and crannies.
Generally very good and resists accidental drops and being stepped on.
Beefy handle offers good grip and is just the right size.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Makes short work of mucky steeds, although you will stil require a cassette specific brush for tackling cassettes.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Convinience and sensible design.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)