Check Out: MTB Cleaning Accessories, Swedish Gloves, Mock Pedals & More

Nov 29, 2019
by Mike Levy  



A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is an occasional round-up of everything our tech editors have gotten their hands on. Sometimes it's products we're doing long-term tests on, other times its stuff we're stoked on but don't have time to fully review. And, sometimes it's crazy shit someone sent us unsolicited and we're having a laugh.

This edition of Check Out takes a look at some non-essential but oh-man-that's-kinda-neat products that may or may not make sense; you be the judge.




Enduro Bearings Dummy Pedal Tool


For some reason, Enduro Bearings' pedal design never really caught on. Weird.

Features

• Stainless steel construction
• Slightly undersized threads for easy install
• Drive-side only
• Impossible to explain why you need this to your non-bike friends
• MSRP: $26 USD
www.endurobearings.com

bigquotesBeautiful? You betcha. Useful? Yeah, sometimes. Required? About as much as your delicious Starbucks. Probably best suited to a bike shop or uber-nerd who has their bike in the repair stand all the time without pedals on it for some reason, this little guy hand-threads into the drive-side crank arm to give you something to hold onto when you need to turn the cranks. Picture setting up the bike's shifting, but when it doesn't have any pedals on it. I know, life can be tough sometimes, but this tool will save you from unnecessary hardship.

There are a handful of less expensive options that use a friction fit instead of needing to be threaded-in, but there's something about this stainless steel tool, with its huge, open bearing out at the end to use as a handle, that's just cool as hell. Probably the best addition to my fidget spinner collection, too.





Muc-Off Pressure Washer Kit


Every year, roughly 6,000 people need medical attention after being attacked by pressure washers. Please, don't be a statistic.

Features

• Bike-specific low-pressure nozzle won't damage bearings
• Includes high-pressure nozzle, plus adjustable and foam nozzles
• 30L dry bag
• Make your money back by charging your neighbors to wash their cars
• MSRP: $174.99 USD
www.muc-off.com

bigquotesMuc-Off says that this is the first cycling-specific pressure washer on the market thanks to a nozzle that reduces the pressure to bearing-friendly levels. That means that you can spray indiscriminately after a muddy ride without wrecking your headset, bottom bracket, or any pivots over the long run. The kit also includes both a high-pressure and an adjustable nozzle, as well as one that attaches directly to their Snow Foam bottle for when you need to host a foam party. You'll also get two bottles of cleaner and a 30-liter dry bag for storage and easy transportation.

I've always been a thumb over the end of a garden hose kinda guy, but this thing takes cleaning to the next level. Not for everyone, but just the ticket for some.





Race Face Rip Strip Lumbar Pack



Features

• Ripstop nylon, adjustable elastic belt
• Three central stretch pockets, pump sleeve
• Zippered waterproof phone pocket, small left pocket
• MSRP: $45 USD
www.raceface.com

bigquotesCan't quite pull off the bum bag but don't want to wear a backpack because you're not in high school anymore? Same here. The Rip Strip pack is a slim, next to the skin storage solution that can carry enough stuff for most rides, but also not be seen or felt. It's meant to go under your shirt and has mesh stretch pockets that can carry a bunch of small-ish things, including a short pump, and there's a waterproof zippered pocket for your phone or keys. If you need to grab a candy or seven while on the move, a small zippered pocket on the left can be accessed without having to stop.

For those who travel light, the Rip Strip may be all they need for their all-day trips into the boonies. It could also be just the ticket for riders who like to be prepared, even when they're out for a quick rip... Hence the clever name.





Hestra Ergo Grip Enduro Gove


Hestra's first product was a leather glove for loggers that they riveted together back in 1936. There are no rivets on the Ergo Grip Enduro, though.

Features

• Lightly padded, breathable top
• Thin suede palm w/ padding
• Touch-screen compatible fingertips
• Really long name
• MSRP: $50 USD
hestragloves.com

bigquotesHestra might not be a widely known name in the cycling world, but they've been around since 1936 and are still run by the third-generation of the founding family. You skiers out there might have heard of Hestra before, but given that I'm allergic to snow I wasn't aware that they've been around for so long. The Swedish company also owns its factories, allowing them to offer sizing combinations for specific palm widths and hand lengths.

The very blue Ergo Grip Enduro glove can be had in less look-at-me colors, and sports a lightly padded mesh top that's been combined with some interesting palm padding. The fingers will work on your touchscreen phone, thank the Lord, and they've gone with a wide hook-and-loop closure.





Park Tool Bike Cleaning Brush Set


I bet you only use lint-free rags, too.

Features

• Four different brushes designed for specific uses
• Includes legendary GearClean brush
• Four brushes!
• Bike shop dork code: BCB-4.2
• MSRP: $21.95 USD
www.parktool.com

bigquotesWho out there uses old toothbrushes to clean their bike? I have about fifteen of them in my shop right now, but the Park Tool Bike Cleaning Brush Set (BCB-4.2) might be just the ticket you've been dreaming about leveling up your brush game. Or if you grabbed some other stuff and the BCB-4.2 caught your eye on the way to the register. To be fair, brushes aren't exactly interesting, but Park Tool has definitely thought about this kit; there's a soft, flat brush that won't scratch up your carbon rims (yes, you do own carbon rims if you bought the BCB-4.2), and the legendary GearClean cog cleaning brush (GSC-1, you dork) is included.

How many types of brushes can you name without Googling? There's the toothbrush, the paintbrush, the hairbrush... and the lint brush. What'd I forget?





115 Comments

  • 82 0
 I love the tone of this entire article.
  • 3 0
 You betcha’ Bill Burr
  • 3 1
 "go mucc yourself off" - Bill Burr
  • 48 0
 I know that somehow dog will eat that sandvich before you.
  • 32 0
 i see you've played doggy-sandwichy before
  • 1 0
 @wowbagger: Indeed!
  • 3 0
 Heavy is that you?
  • 3 0
 That dog’s nuts are going to eat the water bottle as soon as he starts running. what a dumb design.
  • 5 1
 @B650wagon: You mean hanging very sensitive items in a skin sack on the outside of your body is a dumb design? Yeah, no kidding.
  • 4 0
 exactly, what kind of nut job designed that too
  • 36 0
 That dog's expression. Violated springs to mind.
  • 36 0
 he's seen some shit.. wait, no, he's shat on some scenery.
  • 7 0
 All I can think of is that video of the dog getting a birthday cake and having Vietnam flashbacks
  • 6 0
 @mikelevy what are you feeding that thicc boy? Chonker status.
  • 9 1
 @SvenNorske: Too much love Frown
  • 1 0
 "There's a f*cking sandwich on my BAACCKK!!... and i'm going to eat it."
  • 1 1
 Is the dog sold separately?
  • 23 0
 I want a titanium spindle version of the pedal. With an ergonomically molded carbon fiber handle. And ceramic bearings. And my name on it in golden letters. If it comes with all that I will buy it. Maybe.
  • 1 0
 And sealing so that they can actually survive the jetwash.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, it will definitely make you faster when repairing. Perhaps a KOM in the process.
  • 16 1
 brilliant idea, i am getting a traildog as carrier asap.
  • 6 0
 Can the trail dog carry the Muc-off sprayer?
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: my younger son wants a playmobile wolf with a grenadelauncher on the back for christmas- so i would say yes.
  • 1 0
 Maybe you should talk to @EzraTheDog
  • 9 0
 I will come out with the FIRST mountain bike specific flame thrower.

The whole trend of "we did it first," when nothing is actually first trend is so silly. The price isn't too terrible for what you get, even though you could buy similar components separately and spend less money than the package from much off--so not a deal at all.
  • 9 0
 When you do make the first MTB flamethrower, please send us one for long term review. Smile
  • 10 0
 8645 Pinkbike readers now consider to get themselves a Trail Dog.
  • 8 0
 The gloves are the only product in this list that doesn’t upset me.
  • 6 0
 but white gloves in a soil sport?
  • 2 0
 enduro specific = $50 gloves. Doesn't upset me but still makes me sad.
  • 5 0
 @tripleultrasuperboostplusplus: I like the term “soil sport”
  • 7 0
 @speed10: You're a soil sport
  • 1 0
 I got a real kick out of the random selection of odd parts and Mike making fun of them!
  • 1 0
 All that padding on the f-n palms but not one pad on the outside pinky knuckle that gets hammered from the damn tree that should not be there.WTF! And folks, lets not start talking about cutting my bars down. (780mm)
  • 1 0
 @alwayslivingthedream: I'm really shocked how little protection gloves offer, nobody seems to make a decent downhill glove. Hands are damn important but nobody seems to want to make protection for them.
  • 1 0
 How does anyone get along with palm padding? I feel like once anyone tries just a thin leather palmed glove they will not go back to the ridiculous padding.
  • 5 1
 No one commenting on injury from the pump against your spine yet? PB commenters are slipping...

As a bum bag user (EVOC is the best!) i do like the ideal of something slimmer to go under a jersey. I like carrying two water bottles and the "cargo bibs" don't fit me well. I'm 5'8" with quite large thighs so the bibs are too long int he torso and in the legs...

Mucoff is irrelevant to me after they used 1,000s of mostly irrelevant female IG "lifestyle mountain bikers" as advertising tools.
  • 6 2
 Muc off's pressure washer doesn't run off 12v car battery so you can't wash your bike until you get home. Another product designed by dumbass engineering twats who don't ride bikes I guess.
  • 3 1
 So you could hook it up to car battery but where would you get your water supply? I hope you were being sarcastic
  • 2 0
 Aren't there already many low pressure cleaners out there. Karcher, Mobi etc also cater to cyclist, don't they?

Either way, that Muc Off cleaner shouldn't be on the market before FMD has released a fitting video. It has a foam spray, I'm sure they won't disappoint.
  • 13 1
 I have a house-hold built in low pressure washer. I call it, a garden hose with nozzle!
  • 1 0
 It’ll probably be okay running low pressure but if it’s anything like the Karcher electric washers it’ll last about 5 seconds at high pressure.
  • 1 0
 If you have a decent pump, then it should be possible to adjust pressure. Only the cheapest of home pressure washers don't have this function, in USA at least
  • 2 0
 >> Muc-Off says that this is the first cycling-specific pressure washer on the market thanks to a nozzle that reduces the pressure to bearing-friendly levels.

I can get a poor-power, under-performing pressure washer from Princess Auto for way less than they are charging!
  • 2 0
 I don't even think a video of Ronnie Mac using the Muc-Off washer power washing his Screamin' Eagle w/ his bikini wearing trophy girls would even get me close to thinking about spending all that money on that thing (but i'd still watch the ad).

Dawn soap,simple green, and water for the win.
  • 2 0
 What if Larry Enticer was using it?
  • 2 0
 @lightsgetdimmer: If Larry Enticer's version of Muc-off was concentrated Busch Light I'd certainly buy it.
  • 3 2
 That pedal thingy actually would have been handy when I worked in a shop building bikes. Clipless pedals always leave grease on your hands that then transfers to someone’s fancy new bike and flat pedals aren’t fun to hold on to while tuning shifting. Outside of those conditions, they would be ridiculous, though.
  • 1 0
 If you have this use-case couldn't you build a non-greasy, low-tread "tool" of your own out of old pedal parts though? It would have way more cred...
  • 1 0
 @plyawn: ha, I actually used some speed plays from a broken set cleaned up for that purpose. But, I’m a tool geek and like stupid stuff like this otherwise useless tool.
  • 1 0
 If you're wearing thin rubber gloves whilst working on the bike they'll soon get shredded by the pins on flats
  • 2 0
 I use it many times every week. A silly luxury, but so good.
  • 3 0
 Hestra Ergo Grip Enduro Gove
• Really long name

Removes thinnest letter from title.
  • 4 1
 Pretty boring selection today!
  • 3 0
 What? That was the funniest check-out ever! Maybe one needed to be drunk & digesting Thanksgiving dinner to appreciate it though...
  • 2 1
 Hestra - really expensive gloves, that said they do make them in a proper size for people with big hands, might have to look at a set
  • 3 0
 Nice to know Barbie has a pressure washer now!
  • 1 0
 I was out the door for under $80 with a Harbor Freight washer. Did 4 projects so if it dies tomorrow I’m good. Seems to still work like new.
  • 1 0
 Muc-off - the first word in mountain biking products that nobody actually needs.

Come to think of it, if Muc-off just sort of... muc'd off... would anyone even notice?
  • 1 0
 I spray the bike off after most rides with a hand pump hudson sprayer. Its $12 at any hardware store and cannot remove grease even with hot soapy water. Its great.
  • 2 0
 A US$170 mtb specific pressure washer? Is that the same as my spray bottle of diluted Dynamo detergent and a garden hose???
  • 3 0
 Nail brush
  • 4 0
 BBQ/grill brush
  • 2 1
 Sweeping Brush
  • 11 0
 Basil brush.
  • 4 0
 Toilet brush.
  • 3 1
 @tremeer023: that would be a bit S**T
  • 2 1
 mushroom brush...it's a real thing
  • 4 1
 with the law, brush.
  • 1 0
 shoe brush
  • 2 0
 paintbrush
  • 2 0
 Vegetable brush. -Got to clean those potatoes...
  • 1 1
 Toothbrush... Keep up the good fight against gingivitis!
  • 1 0
 lint brush
  • 2 0
 Bottle brush.
  • 3 0
 You're all more into brushes than I am.
  • 3 0
 @mikelevy: Is that a brush off?
  • 1 0
 Dunny brush.
  • 2 1
 The dog is cute. Did we get a dogs of Cranxworks this year? Also where are the rest of the tests??????????
  • 1 0
 Love my Hestra ski gloves! But white palms on MTB gloves ? Haha, those are gonna look like used toilet paper in no time.
  • 1 0
 I love hestra gloves for skiing. I'd be very willing to give the Enduro gloves a go
  • 1 0
 Why would you thread something other than a pedal in place of a pedal to pedal?
  • 1 0
 I’ll totally grab that Muc-Off power washer when it’s 70% off at CRC soon. Smile
  • 1 0
 I don’t knew why, but I’m loving the pedal tool!
  • 5 0
 ENVE will soon release square wheels just for you ;-)
  • 3 4
 So I guess I'm back in high school with my backpack says Pinkbike. Please don't strap your bike tools to your dog, not a good idea.
  • 1 0
 and def don't strap on a strap-on.
  • 1 0
 6000 people a year are hit in ………..woooshhh…..owwwwww
  • 1 0
 the names grip..... enduro grip....
  • 1 0
 Fun fact: Hestra in Greek means shitter.
  • 1 1
 My dog needs that Lumbar pack.
  • 1 0
 Enduro glove?........ok
  • 1 0
 Brush with death
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