Glossy shiny goodness thanks to Pedro's Bike Lust

Reverence: Pedro’s Bike Lust

Reverence: Pedro’s Bike Lust

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I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based out of Asia, and the monsoon which is in full swing has the  effect of turning white bikes black on the roads surrounding his adopted home of Hong Kong, which I always thought was an ape but apparently is also a city.

I’m what some people might call “obsessive” about keeping my bike clean. Even my Nine Bike gets a thorough washing if not after each ride, then at least after every other. A clean bike is easier to maintain, shifts more precisely, brakes better (if for some reason you want to go less fast), and the components wear more slowly. Not to mention that a clean bike is a beautiful bike. The secret to being able to clean your bikes often is a fifteen minute cleaning routine which I’ll detail another time. For now, lets leave it at having the right brushes and tools in place to quickly and easily get into all the hard-to-reach areas on a bike.

For many years, I assumed I had reached the high water mark in bike cleaning. Ego, it would seem, infects us all at one time or another. To quick I was to believe that cleanliness is godliness. There I sat, lonely upon my high horse of pride and arrogance, until my friend Charlie on Maui introduced me to a product called Pedro’s Bike Lust. And just like that, I was sent back to Earth in the knowledge that I still had much to learn.

This stuff is incredible; it sprays onto carbon, steel, aluminum, or rubber. It cleans and wipes off without leaving any residue. A little bit of rubbing and it brings out an as-new polished finish, covering and filling small scratches – it even diminishes the big scratches caused when, hypothetically speaking, your bike is blown over in the wind on Mount Saint Helens and scrapes along some jagged volcanic rocks. Hypothetically. I also spray it liberally on my saddle, which makes it very slippy and good for sliding forward and back as-needed for crushing fools.

At this point, I’m a complete junkie; I can hardly resist a little bump before each ride, just to get my head right and make my bike gleam beneath me as I set out on my ride. The only downside is the silicone-covered surface makes it harder for grit and mud to stick to the frame and show off how hard core your Rule #9 ride was.

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  1. Meguires car cleaner not bad either

  2. @Chris @Strathlubnaig Presumably Pedro doesn’t have a UK distributor. Try Muc Off, who also do a silicone spray which is available in the UK for a tenner.

    I agree with Rick – the brand fixation is not helpful, though it is frequently seen on these pages.

  3. When I’ve used polish I’ve tended to spray it onto a clean rag then use that on the bike. Always been a bit paranoid about braking surfaces.

  4. @ChrisO

    @Chris @Strathlubnaig Presumably Pedro doesn’t have a UK distributor. Try Muc Off, who also do a silicone spray which is available in the UK for a tenner.

    I agree with Rick – the brand fixation is not helpful, though it is frequently seen on these pages.

    Mer is another good cleaner/polish.  @ChrisO yep you can find Pedros in the UK.

  5. I think the word fixation is a little harsh, you get a product that works and you want to share it. +1 on the ritual, I look forward to sunny days when not riding, in garden, cleaning bike with a cold beer. Not cleaning with beer obviously.

  6. @ChrisO Just messing there, I’m sure it’s available in some of the local bikes shops.

    I’ve used the aerosol version of the Muc Off spray in the past on my mountain bike but that was before I’d found the One True Way and wouldn’t always clean the thing when it got mucky.

    I should probably see if I’ve still got some in the garage as it would seem that we’ve had our allocation of nice weather this year and it’s going to be predominantly Rule #9 for the rest of the summer.

  7. Admit it, Frank: you’d have bought the stuff anyway, regardless of how well it performed, just because of the name. (I must admit that it makes the Veloforma look mighty fine though – as if that thing needed to look any more gorgeous, FFS…)
    Nice touch in the first photo, by the way, with the shiny bike in the background, gleaming spokes and all. Cool pic.

  8. Thanks for the write up – I’d heard of the stuff, but not heard from anyone who had actually used it.  Unscented baby wipes are my go to for a post ride quick clean, with a full wash followed by an application of Eagle One Nanowax the more involved cleaning scenario.  I’ll have to give the Bike Lust a try.

  9. The stuff is similar to what Moots riders have used for years. Lemon Pledge. Same silicon oil component. Almost smells as good too.

  10. I swear by Purple Harry products

  11. I use Pledge wipes after a washing and in between washings. Lays down some wax to make cleaning easier, is pretty good at getting off road grime and grease off, even the white parts, and keeps the bike looking good. I’ll check out Bike Lust.

  12. @strathlubnaig

    Out of interest I had a wee keek on Amazon to see how much this stuff costs…er… 36 squigglies ? At that price I would hope it gives you an extra 20 watts as well.

    I don’t know what a squiggle is, but apparently its about $0.50 US?

  13. @Chris

    Despite regular cleaning, my Cannondale has done a few thousand kilometers on a trailer and seen the inside of a bike bag enough times that it’s lost it’s as new lustre. Baby wipes do a great job of keeping it spick and span at a fraction of the cost.

    Its called Bike Lust for a reason; my R3 was in the same state when I first used it and it was head and shoulders above all else I’d ever tried, including baby wipes. The little shallow scratches disappear.

  14. @Steve G

    I’ve always thought about stripping my bike down and giving it a dose of 303 aerospace protectant, but I never have as I don’t know if it’d work or if it’s any good.

    My BMC has white chainstays… now that’s a fucking design flaw. Upon cleaning my bike on Sunday I found that these just stay a grimy-version of their former selves. Super frustrating.

    The Pedros stuff also cleans in addition to shining. It’s worth a shot anyway. I did have white cables for a while (not a design flaw as much as a thinking flaw) and the Bike Lust did clean them up nicely. But white chain stays…yikes.

  15. @Owen

    Maybe this stuff will be the product that finally keeps the bugs off during mating season. apparently the mere sight of #1 gets them all hot and bothered. ends up looking like the front grill of my car after I drove across the country.

    Where do you live, in the biblical middle east? I need to hear more about this bug infestation.

    @Rhodri

    When I’ve used polish I’ve tended to spray it onto a clean rag then use that on the bike. Always been a bit paranoid about braking surfaces.

    Good point, I have sprayed it on the brake surface with abandon and the first stop is a hair-raiser although after that its gone and everything works as intended.

  16. @Chris

    Just say “No” to aerosols, we’d like to keep being able to ride outside, n’est pas?

    @Roobar

    I’ve got an issue down this line of buyer regret.

    Since moving to a “raw carbon” bike the finish always looks that bit off. Seeing all the carbon joins just makes the bike look a bit less polished all the time, and it never feels satisfying to clean it. I should have lost the weight off the motor and kept a nicer paint job.

    That would be most disappointing.

    @ErikdR

    Admit it, Frank: you’d have bought the stuff anyway, regardless of how well it performed, just because of the name.

    Well, it certainly made me more willing to spray it on my bike when Charlie showed me the bottle!

    (I must admit that it makes the Veloforma look mighty fine though – as if that thing needed to look any more gorgeous, FFS…)

    Nice touch in the first photo, by the way, with the shiny bike in the background, gleaming spokes and all. Cool pic.

    Sharp eye. Love how it looks in Cobble Crushing Mode. Can’t wait for next Spring!

  17. @VeloVita

    Thanks for the write up – I’d heard of the stuff, but not heard from anyone who had actually used it. Unscented baby wipes are my go to for a post ride quick clean, with a full wash followed by an application of Eagle One Nanowax the more involved cleaning scenario. I’ll have to give the Bike Lust a try.

    Does that leave any residue? The great thing about this stuff is you can put it on everything without worry.

    @David B@Steve-o

    I’ve not bought a Pledge product ever since seeing an episode of Antiques Road Show where the prunish guy said, “This dresser is worth $5,600 but you ruined it by spraying lemon Pledge on it.” The facial expressions were priceless.

  18. @frank

     

    @Rhodri

    When I’ve used polish I’ve tended to spray it onto a clean rag then use that on the bike. Always been a bit paranoid about braking surfaces.

    Good point, I have sprayed it on the brake surface with abandon and the first stop is a hair-raiser although after that its gone and everything works as intended.

    Eek. I’m from a more mountain bikey background and people won’t even touch disk rotors for fear of getting something on them. If nothing else they squeal horribly. But that said I was never as careful with rim brakes and never noticed.

    Come to think of it the disks on my cx-but-used-as-a-winter-road-bike seem far more prone to it with all the crap off the roads rather than the lovely cleansing exfoliating mud of off-road.

  19. I use a commercial silicone polish (we had a million cans at work and were looking for a new home for some) and it works great. I do spray on a clean cloth first though.

    I’d feel ashamed to ride a bike that was filthy and not working properly. I ride mostly by myself and if I ever went out with a filthy bike, that would be the ride that you meet up with other riders. They would take one look at the shit-encrusted bike and make scornful judgements. Considering I have Velominati decals on bikes 1-5, a filthy bike is not permissable. The only exception is if you AND the bike are covered in shite. That means you’ve been Rule #5-ing.

  20. @frank

    @VeloVita

    Thanks for the write up – I’d heard of the stuff, but not heard from anyone who had actually used it. Unscented baby wipes are my go to for a post ride quick clean, with a full wash followed by an application of Eagle One Nanowax the more involved cleaning scenario. I’ll have to give the Bike Lust a try.

    Does that leave any residue? The great thing about this stuff is you can put it on everything without worry.

    @David B, @Steve-o

    I’ve not bought a Pledge product ever since seeing an episode of Antiques Road Show where the prunish guy said, “This dresser is worth $5,600 but you ruined it by spraying lemon Pledge on it.” The facial expressions were priceless.

    I remember an episode (I think it actually was in Seattle) and this snob had brought a lovely dresser into the venue to show off. He snootily declared that he had paid someone – a student I think – a couple of hundred bucks to “take off the ugly finish/color.” That couple of hundred $$ cost him about $50k in value as it was the original patina/finish. The facial expression was indeed priceless . . .

  21. Lemon. Pledge.

  22. (I must admit that it makes the Veloforma look mighty fine though – as if that thing needed to look any more gorgeous, FFS…)

    Nice touch in the first photo, by the way, with the shiny bike in the background, gleaming spokes and all. Cool pic.

    Sharp eye. Love how it looks in Cobble Crushing Mode. Can’t wait for next Spring!

    Speaking of Spring, I incorporated the first cobble sector of the Seattle Ronde into my ride yesterday.  Think I will keep doing that…

  23. World is small, I’m using it since ages!

  24. Frank,
    Bought the “Lust” purely based on this article, so I hope you didn’t sell out to Pedro’s and write this to collect a  check.
    The “Lust” was applied, but since Bike Number One was (and always is) already brought to a brilliant shine, I have yet to notice a distinct difference. I’ll wait until I bring it out in the sun and after a ride to determine how well the product actually works.
    But, cleaners are like bikes, you should always have n+1.

  25. @frank

    @Owen

    Maybe this stuff will be the product that finally keeps the bugs off during mating season. apparently the mere sight of #1 gets them all hot and bothered. ends up looking like the front grill of my car after I drove across the country.

    Where do you live, in the biblical middle east? I need to hear more about this bug infestation.

    Arizona highlands. There are times when you’d swear you were in Egypt when Moses was causing a hubbub. I know all the spots on my routes in which I need to breathe through my nose for a bit to avoid extra protein going down the pipes.

  26. @Owen

    @frank

    @Owen

    Maybe this stuff will be the product that finally keeps the bugs off during mating season. apparently the mere sight of #1 gets them all hot and bothered. ends up looking like the front grill of my car after I drove across the country.

    Where do you live, in the biblical middle east? I need to hear more about this bug infestation.

    Arizona highlands. There are times when you’d swear you were in Egypt when Moses was causing a hubbub. I know all the spots on my routes in which I need to breathe through my nose for a bit to avoid extra protein going down the pipes.

    Not sure if this has been touched upon in previous articles but the unintentional consumption of flying things remains that most unpleasant of occupational hazards for our ilk.

    That said a petite lapin recently tried to dissect himself beneath my wheels at speed. Eating a bug or two certainly is less stressful (Merckx I hope none were mating though) .

  27. A wipe down Pledge or Endust will keep your ride looking pretty sweet too.  Plus they are far less costly…

  28. @Ccos

    @Owen

    @frank

    @Owen

    Maybe this stuff will be the product that finally keeps the bugs off during mating season. apparently the mere sight of #1 gets them all hot and bothered. ends up looking like the front grill of my car after I drove across the country.

    Where do you live, in the biblical middle east? I need to hear more about this bug infestation.

    Arizona highlands. There are times when you’d swear you were in Egypt when Moses was causing a hubbub. I know all the spots on my routes in which I need to breathe through my nose for a bit to avoid extra protein going down the pipes.

    Not sure if this has been touched upon in previous articles but the unintentional consumption of flying things remains that most unpleasant of occupational hazards for our ilk.

    That said a petite lapin recently tried to dissect himself beneath my wheels at speed. Eating a bug or two certainly is less stressful (Merckx I hope none were mating though) .

    Decapitated a mouse once. Thank Merckx the bladed spokes made it quick for the little guy.

  29. @Pedale.Forchetta

    World is small, I’m using it since ages!

    This only tells me we were meant to meet each other many years ago!

  30. @Nik

    (I must admit that it makes the Veloforma look mighty fine though – as if that thing needed to look any more gorgeous, FFS…)

    Nice touch in the first photo, by the way, with the shiny bike in the background, gleaming spokes and all. Cool pic.

    Sharp eye. Love how it looks in Cobble Crushing Mode. Can’t wait for next Spring!

    Speaking of Spring, I incorporated the first cobble sector of the Seattle Ronde into my ride yesterday. Think I will keep doing that…

    I’ll be impressed when you start including the LAST cobbled secteur of the Seattle Ronde in your daily rides…

    @Brian

    Frank,
    Bought the “Lust” purely based on this article, so I hope you didn’t sell out to Pedro’s and write this to collect a check.
    The “Lust” was applied, but since Bike Number One was (and always is) already brought to a brilliant shine, I have yet to notice a distinct difference. I’ll wait until I bring it out in the sun and after a ride to determine how well the product actually works.
    But, cleaners are like bikes, you should always have n+1.

    This always scares me. We don’t get paid for this shit, Pedros didn’t give me their product, and we’ve never done a “Reverence” on a product we didn’t buy (although in some cases we’ve been given the product after writing the Reverence.) We have an internal Keeper Regulation that no product is to be Reverence’d after less than 6 months’ use or ideally a year or more. The Reverence series is supposed to be about the products we use that we love, the little things that we keep reaching for over and over, rational or otherwise.

    It honestly never occurred to us, when we started, that people would actually buy the shit we talk about. But we know at this stage it happens and we try not to let that keep us from speaking our minds about what we love like we used to. I hope you wind up loving it as much as I do, but if not, also know I didn’t gain a moticum from you taking the advice from an idiot on the internet!

    That said, I think the effect is best in full sunlight and on black materials!

  31. @Ccos

    @Owen

    @frank

    @Owen

    Maybe this stuff will be the product that finally keeps the bugs off during mating season. apparently the mere sight of #1 gets them all hot and bothered. ends up looking like the front grill of my car after I drove across the country.

    Where do you live, in the biblical middle east? I need to hear more about this bug infestation.

    Arizona highlands. There are times when you’d swear you were in Egypt when Moses was causing a hubbub. I know all the spots on my routes in which I need to breathe through my nose for a bit to avoid extra protein going down the pipes.

    Not sure if this has been touched upon in previous articles but the unintentional consumption of flying things remains that most unpleasant of occupational hazards for our ilk.

    That said a petite lapin recently tried to dissect himself beneath my wheels at speed. Eating a bug or two certainly is less stressful (Merckx I hope none were mating though) .

    Back in Northern Minnesota riding mountain bikes in Pilsbury Forest, we used to choose our clothing based on the ‘bug weather’. Fucking awful, riding in massive humid heat with full length jackets on, just to keep the deer flies from being able to get a foothold.

  32. @frank  how true is that!?

  33. @Owen

    Not sure if this has been touched upon in previous articles but the unintentional consumption of flying things remains that most unpleasant of occupational hazards for our ilk.

    That said a petite lapin recently tried to dissect himself beneath my wheels at speed. Eating a bug or two certainly is less stressful (Merckx I hope none were mating though) .

    Decapitated a mouse once. Thank Merckx the bladed spokes made it quick for the little guy.

    There is a photo of a squirrel meeting it’s end in a disc brake (and a number of other parts of bikes) but thought those may be objected if I posted – but in looking I came across this hazard…….

  34. I like a shiny bike as much as anyone, but please don’t use any silicone-based product on or near a frame you might need to have repainted or repaired. It seeps through the paint to the substrate, is almost impossible to remove, and can fuck up subsequent painting, bonding, even brazing. Some paint and coating facilities have banned “cockrings for your arms” because they offgas enough silicone to contaminate surfaces before they’re finished.

  35. @frank

    @Ccos

    @Owen

    @frank

    @Owen

    Maybe this stuff will be the product that finally keeps the bugs off during mating season. apparently the mere sight of #1 gets them all hot and bothered. ends up looking like the front grill of my car after I drove across the country.

    Where do you live, in the biblical middle east? I need to hear more about this bug infestation.

    Arizona highlands. There are times when you’d swear you were in Egypt when Moses was causing a hubbub. I know all the spots on my routes in which I need to breathe through my nose for a bit to avoid extra protein going down the pipes.

    Not sure if this has been touched upon in previous articles but the unintentional consumption of flying things remains that most unpleasant of occupational hazards for our ilk.

    That said a petite lapin recently tried to dissect himself beneath my wheels at speed. Eating a bug or two certainly is less stressful (Merckx I hope none were mating though) .

    Back in Northern Minnesota riding mountain bikes in Pilsbury Forest, we used to choose our clothing based on the ‘bug weather’. Fucking awful, riding in massive humid heat with full length jackets on, just to keep the deer flies from being able to get a foothold.

    Stopped at a gas station the other day to buy water. Felt a strange itch coming from the crotchal area – nice wee deer tick had somehow gotten into my shorts. How he got in there I have no idea.

  36. @Harminator Love this.  I have used Pedro’s products in the past and thought they worked well enough.  But this picture for this topic is just right.

  37. Have to give that a look. I usually wash the bike with Simple Green, then polish up the bits with an Armor All wipe (except the seat of course).

  38. I have white cable housing on some of my steeds. In the future, even when going white, I’m going to use a black section for the chainstay-to-RD section. Impossible to keep that bit clean and it looks bad all half grey.

  39. @pistard

    I like a shiny bike as much as anyone, but please don’t use any silicone-based product on or near a frame you might need to have repainted or repaired. It seeps through the paint to the substrate, is almost impossible to remove, and can fuck up subsequent painting, bonding, even brazing. Some paint and coating facilities have banned “cockrings for your arms” because they offgas enough silicone to contaminate surfaces before they’re finished.

    I sometimes use furniture polish. Just checked…and it includes “silicones.” Are you saying one shouldn’t be using this on painted bicycles? (I sure as hell don’t want my Tommasini paint job breaking down). Please clarify, as now I’m alarmed.

    My Pedro’s Bike Lust is labeled as “Water-Based Silicone Emulsion Polish” – this would lead me to believe it too contains silicone.

    Are you saying one should stop using these if they care about their paint jobs?

  40. @Ron

    @pistard

    I like a shiny bike as much as anyone, but please don’t use any silicone-based product on or near a frame you might need to have repainted or repaired. It seeps through the paint to the substrate, is almost impossible to remove, and can fuck up subsequent painting, bonding, even brazing. Some paint and coating facilities have banned “cockrings for your arms” because they offgas enough silicone to contaminate surfaces before they’re finished.

    I sometimes use furniture polish. Just checked…and it includes “silicones.” Are you saying one shouldn’t be using this on painted bicycles? (I sure as hell don’t want my Tommasini paint job breaking down). Please clarify, as now I’m alarmed.

    My Pedro’s Bike Lust is labeled as “Water-Based Silicone Emulsion Polish” – this would lead me to believe it too contains silicone.

    Are you saying one should stop using these if they care about their paint jobs?

    No, not at all. As far as I know, it’s perfectly safe on paint and other finishes. The problem comes when trying to paint or refinish something that’s been treated with silicone. It’s so slippery and tenacious that it’s very difficult to remove all traces of it, leading to flaws in the new finish. Ask an automobile painter or luthier about silicone contamination if you want to hear a blue streak.

  41. Ah, sorry for my lack of reading comprehension! Thanks for clearing that up.

  42. @frank That seems insane (or perhaps the “perfect amount of dumb”) AND I have a feeling you would still not be impressed unless I reported back that I was riding those last secteurs in the big ring. Ouch!!

  43. @frank

    @Chris

    Just say “No” to aerosols, we’d like to keep being able to ride outside, n’est pas?

     

    Good point but I’m loath to give up my other love, tagging…

  44. I’m a Lemon Pledge guy – works well, but I will admit to a certain uneasiness that passersby may decide to laugh and point and cross the street.  Pedro’s would take care of that for me.

  45. @frank

    @Steve G

    I’ve always thought about stripping my bike down and giving it a dose of 303 aerospace protectant, but I never have as I don’t know if it’d work or if it’s any good.

    My BMC has white chainstays… now that’s a fucking design flaw. Upon cleaning my bike on Sunday I found that these just stay a grimy-version of their former selves. Super frustrating.

    The Pedros stuff also cleans in addition to shining. It’s worth a shot anyway. I did have white cables for a while (not a design flaw as much as a thinking flaw) and the Bike Lust did clean them up nicely. But white chain stays…yikes.

    Good info, but I can’t find ol’ Pedro locally.

    Yeah, mostly black frame but with white stays… like, WTF were they thinking? Now they’re grimy I can’t seem to clean them again; thinking degreaser maybe.
    Gave it a nice, lovely clean Sunday then Tuesday I went out climbing in Rule #9 weather so it’s filthy again… but it in a good, prideful way.
    Here’s a bad pic of it; it’s getting a Di2 upgrade in a couple of days:

  46. Have used Bike Lust for years,  Great results (and smells amazing…nothing like looking good and smelling too!)  Made a new discovery yesterday.  Having recently replaced my beloved Sidi Ergo2’s with the latest white Wire’s,  I was less than impressed with the insoles provided.  Enter this…The fi'zi:k 3d Insoles.  These can be custom moulded in the shop (in 5 minutes but who has the time) or just slip them in and they mould to your foot in a few rides.  Well I’m just back from their first trial and they are brilliant!  Well worth it

  47. Wow, good news on those fi'zi:k soles! I’ve been looking for new insoles for my Ergo3s, have never gotten them fully comfortable. Gonna have to give those a try.

    Question on the Bike Lust – got mine from a friend who didn’t want it. I think it was sitting in their basement for quite a few years. It works well but…leaves my hands smelling putrid. Do I have a bad batch? (sorry to be gross, but it is almost a puke smell, which ain’t cool when I go back to work after cleaning the bikes and can smell me hands!)

  48. @Ron

     It works well but…leaves my hands smelling putrid. Do I have a bad batch? (sorry to be gross, but it is almost a puke smell, which ain’t cool when I go back to work after cleaning the bikes and can smell me hands!)

    Now given the post above yours from @The Pressure then either 1) yours has gone off or 2) one of you has a dodgy sense of smell.

    @The Pressure – will take a look at those, I currently use some Conformable inners from some old ski boots but hey are starting to break up so need to replace at some point.  I have a ridiculously high arch and so need a heap load of arch support.

  49. Silicone contamination of the polymeric matrix of a composite frame makes eventual repairs to said frame problematic, as adherence of old to new material is coompromised.

  50. I’ve been using SC 1 Clear Coat by Maxima.  Mainly used on dirt bikes.  Great finish.  Smells good.  Get it on Amazon.

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