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Peatys Bicycle Cleaning Cloths

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£14.99

VERDICT:

7
10
Effective and eco friendly, though not exactly cheap
Environmentally friendly
Two colours for sorting
Cheaper bamboo cloths are available
Three different colours would be better for sorting
Weight: 
63g
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Peatys Bicycle Cleaning Cloths are simple, effective, and environmentally friendly – regular microfibre cloths are plastic.

I can tell I am a boring middle-aged man, because I like a new set of cloths for cleaning my bikes. Peatys Bicycle Cleaning Cloths do the job well.

They are made from bamboo but have the same qualities as regular (plastic) microfibre cloths in terms of wiping and cleaning ability. I used them for a variety of tasks, from wiping off caked mud through to buffing up a shine, and there wasn't anything that they fell down on.

They come in a pack of three; two are grey and one blue. This meant I could sort them into cloths for cleaning dirt and cloths for buffing or cleaner uses. Two colours are useful, but three would be better as it would allow for easier sorting (one for first wash, second for scrubs, third for buff, for instance) but two is certainly better than none.

At £14.99 these aren't cheap, yet they're certainly not the most expensive bike cleaning cloths you can find. Muc-Off's Premium Microfibre Polishing Cloth costs £8.50 for one, for instance.

You can find non cycling-specific but eco-friendly cloths for less, such as the pack of nine Minky Bamboo cleaning cloths for £21.99. That works out at £2.40 per cloth instead of £5.

Overall, I like these cloths: they're environmentally friendly and work well. They'd be better in three colours rather than in two, though, especially given their premium even over other bamboo products.

Verdict

Effective and eco friendly, though not exactly cheap

road.cc test report

Make and model: Peatys Bicycle Cleaning Cloths

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it?

Peatys says: "Our cleaning cloths are made using 100% natural and organic bamboo which can grow up to one metre per day without the need for fertilisers or chemicals. The Bamboo fabric is durable and highly absorbent as well as being naturally hypo-allergenic, antimicrobial and antibacterial."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product

Made from 100% natural organic bamboo.

Hypo-allergenic, antimicrobial and antibacterial.

Durable and highly absorbent.

100% recycled packaging

3x cloths per pack (2 x grey, 1 x blue). 30cm x 30cm.

Rate the product for quality:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

They performed well, whether it was on the first pass getting the worst stuff off a frame or the final buff.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The environmentally friendly nature.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Only two colours.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

They're fairy expensive for what they are, though not the most expensive of bicycle-specific options.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

They wipe, polish, and buff well, and are better for the environment than normal (plastic) microfibre cloths. They could be cheaper, but they're still good overall.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: CAAD13  My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo

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: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between. 

Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.

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Mathemagician | 2 months ago
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I'm gonna wait for the gravel specific ones

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David9694 | 2 months ago
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I'm missing the point, aren't I? 

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ktache replied to David9694 | 2 months ago
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I have been using microfibre cloths to clean my chain, Silca's Synergetic, (after the old t-shirt wipe) originally the pricey ones from Waitrose.  But Iceland had 3 for a £, so I got a few of those. Only a few wipes in each one, with the expensive ones pretty much lasting the life of the chain. When Waitrose had a third off, I stocked up.  I will attempt to wash them when I have enoughl

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jaymack | 2 months ago
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Neither as cheap nor as eco-friendly as having a box of old shirts/blouses/tea towels/pairs of socks in the garage for cleaning duties.

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David9694 replied to jaymack | 2 months ago
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My cleaning go-to is old t-shirts. I've got mixed feelings about the fluff of microfibre towel; tea towels not so much as they don't have the bit of stretch and flex t-shirt material offers. 

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andystow | 2 months ago
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Generally "made from bamboo" means Rayon/viscose. It's not made from oil, but it can still make microplastics.

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